Bay State College

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Private
Terms Semester
First year of program 2011-2012

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 5
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 26
Average online teaching experience 3 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 64%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 51%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 36%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 2
Part-time faculty with doctorate 4
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 2
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 2
Average class size 18
Maximum class size 25

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 9
Online courses 88
Five most popular majors
Business Administration and Management, General 100%
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All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Accounting and Finance
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Securities Services Administration/Management
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Bay State College offers a convenient, quality education option for working adults. With six terms each year there are many opportunities to get started. Students can complete their courses in a more flexible schedule online than in the classroom. While there are weekly deadlines to meet there is not a specific time students are required to be online. Online courses are taught by appropriately credentialed instructors who are subject matter experts that work in the fields that they teach.

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 Encouraged
Students enroll as online students Yes, they are bound to courses as online students after enrollment
Credits earned online equal earned on campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus-based students All

Delivery

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 Yes
Review and sign ethics statement Yes
Percentage of classes with lectures 51-75
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 8
Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students Minority
Class participation graded Yes
Exams Yes
Same exams are administered only once No
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 Yes
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Faculty members may choose what type of assessments they use in their courses. Most of our courses use simpler assessment methods (multiple choice, short answer, short essay, discussion question) for formative assessments and use more robust assessments (longer essay, research paper, project) for summative assessment. All written work is submitted into the LMS which has a built-in plagiarism detector. It compares the submitted work to just about anything published, on the Internet, and work from other students. Even the a student’s previously submitted work is checked.

List of Student Assessments Administered

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement results publicly available Yes
Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment Internal Student Satisfaction Survey, Internal Student Involvement Survey
Other assessment results publicly available Yes

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 No target length
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates N/A

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