Ball State University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 1999-2000

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 97
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 24
Average online teaching experience 3 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 100%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 82%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 55%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 70
Part-time faculty with doctorate 4
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 1
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 1
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 48
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 0
Average class size N/A
Maximum class size 35


Online bachelor's degree programs 4
Online courses 186
Five most popular majors
Nursing Science 37%
General Studies N/A
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Health Professions and Related Programs
Nursing Practice
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Ball State's online bachelor's degrees offer full- or part-time study with no on-campus requirements. Most courses are taught by the same professors as who teach on campus. The programs are designed especially for working adults who have some college credits but never earned a four-year degree. These include Ball State’s new online business administration and early childhood education degrees. Ball State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Neutral
Students enroll as online students Yes, but can take classes on campus without notification
Credits earned online equal earned on campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus Majority
Same curricula for online and campus-based students All


Archived classes All
Classes can be received live None
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. N/A
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) Yes
Skype or other visual software Yes
New-student orientation Optional
Review and sign ethics statement No
Percentage of classes with lectures 76-99
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 4
Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students Minority
Class participation graded Yes
Exams Yes
Same exams are administered only once N/A
Exams have random question order No
Each user has unique exam login Yes
Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered No proctored exams
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Courses include a statement defining academic integrity, and we use the following tools to help instill ethical behavior: online virtual proctoring (via B Virtual) that can be accomplished from a student's computer equipped with a webcam and connected to an online proctor, plagiarism checking software, test pools with randomized questions, and time limits on exams.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment Student Satisfaction Survey (developed in-house)
Other assessment results publicly available No

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 120
Credits that must be earned through school 30
One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates
Limited time to complete degree No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits 2.5 years
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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