DeSales University

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Private
Terms Semester
First year of program N/A

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 24
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 54
Average online teaching experience N/A
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience N/A
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience N/A
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience N/A
Full-time faculty with doctorate 17
Part-time faculty with doctorate 11
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 N/A
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 6
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 1
Average class size 14
Maximum class size 25

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 9
Online courses 116
Five most popular majors
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All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Accounting
Accounting and Finance
Accounting and Business/Management
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Marketing, Other
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Psychology
Psychology, General
Theology and Religious Vocations
Theology/Theological Studies
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

The DeSales University online bachelor's degree provides students flexibility and convenience, while offering curriculum alignment and quality identical to that of in-class courses. The program is fully supported by the institution (e.g., advising, library resources, help desk, etc.). All courses are subject to a defined quality assurance review process. Faculty members are asked to create a community of learners through a high degree of interaction with and between students.

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 No
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Cannot
Students enroll as online students Yes, online students take different classes than on campus students
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 Optional
Review and sign ethics statement No
Percentage of classes with lectures 76-99
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation N/A
Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students Majority
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 No
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)

Blackboard has a feature called Respondus, which locks down the browser (e.g., disables right mouse button, disables print, etc.). Instructors can set a time that allows for completion, but not for sifting through materials for answers. Exam question and response order can be randomized so no exams are identical. A variety of assessment tools are encouraged, as well as exam questions that require the application of knowledge, not simply fact. Completion of the exam can be forced without ability to backtrack. Submissions are time/date-stamped.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Major Field Test Yes
Major Field Test results publicly available Yes
Student Satisfaction Survey (Noel Levitz) Yes
Student Satisfaction Survey results publicly available No

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 120
Credits that must be earned through school 45
One-year retention rates N/A
Limited time to complete degree No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits 1.5 years
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates N/A

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