From VB to TCC to ODU to the C-Suite: Creating a Text-Book Free Pathway to a Bachelor’s Z-Degree

Concurrent Session 10
Blended Leadership Equity and Inclusion

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

To counter tuition and textbook costs for degree-seeking students, a specific pathway to a bachelor’s degree in Leadership was developed.  The pathway, comprised of partnerships with the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy (EBA) at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Tidewater Community College (TCC), and Old Dominion University (ODU).

Presenters

Darryl Draper-Amason the Director of Integrated Learning and lecturer at Old Dominion University. She is highly experienced in the design, delivery, and evaluation of e-learning in higher education and corporate contexts. Recently she was recognized as a Provost Fellow, a prestigious recognition for faculty to work with the Provost on specified projects. The fellowship is a two-year appointment. Her primary focus was to create a new academic department focusing on programming for non-profit, corporate, and higher education organizations as well as serving transitioning professionals and students, and the existing ODU population. The new academic department serves as a structure for professional development not only for potential and existing students as well as to engage faculty providing training and support, in which faculty can experiment with and develop Open Education Resources, ePortfolios, and Integrated Learning. Deri also works with the Center for Learning and Teaching as it relates to digital and online learning. As the result of this fellowship, the Center for Professional Studies will have documented processes and procedures for developing and mentoring faculty in the development of OER and High Impact Practice (www.aacu.org) and innovative curriculum responding to the needs of government, business, and industry. Also, the Center will act as a research and development arm for ODU in the use of OER, High Impact Practices, competency-based learning, and to document and reflect upon learning and teaching effectiveness.

Extended Abstract

To counter tuition and textbook costs for degree-seeking students, a specific pathway to a bachelor’s degree in Leadership was developed.  The pathway, comprised of partnerships with the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy (EBA) at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Tidewater Community College (TCC), and Old Dominion University (ODU), reduced tuition and textbook costs, allowing the completion of the Leadership major textbook-free using Open Educational Resources (OER).  The three partners established the infrastructure necessary to expand the delivery of textbook-free courses, by recruiting and providing OER training for faculty and teachers at ODU and Kempsville High School. This training was offered through ODU and TCC. Eight Kempsville High School teachers and eighteen ODU faculty participated in TCC’s OER training.  In addition, ODU developed supplemental OER training to support their faculty throughout the grant period. Since summer 2017, the EBA enrolled 364 high school students with 207 completing 349 dual- enrollment courses. While the EBA and TCC students have not yet matriculated, the Leadership major has already gained noted success for students. Within three semesters, students saved approximately $113,000 (based on 936-course registrations), in textbook costs for the IDS major in leadership.  At Kempsville High School, students taking dual-enrollment courses saved approximately $230,640 in tuition costs. As the program matures it will have a direct and profound impact on first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students in the Commonwealth. For students who earn a Bachelor’s degree through this pathway, it is possible that the full tuition for the degree could be as low as $16,725. The textbook costs for students through this pathway could be reduced from an average cost of $5,000 to zero.