Ferris State University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 2004-2005

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 141
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 53
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 85%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 73%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 86
Part-time faculty with doctorate 10
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 4
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required No
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 7
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 0
Average class size 20
Maximum class size 20


Online bachelor's degree programs 8
Online courses 80
Five most popular majors
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 65%
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 12%
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 10%
General Studies 8%
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 4%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Health Professions and Related Programs
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Ferris State University is a well established public university in Michigan. Ferris has a prominent focus on career-oriented programs that integrate academic skills with career specialization. Students can often apply up to 90 transferable credits towards one of our online bachelor degree completion programs. Our online courses are taught primarily by full time faculty, and have the same expected outcomes as traditional courses.

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams Yes
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Neutral
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


Archived classes All
Classes can be received live None
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. N/A
Online chatrooms N/A
Web conferencing (webinars) N/A
Skype or other visual software N/A
New-student orientation Yes
Review and sign ethics statement No
Percentage of classes with lectures 26-50
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 Yes
Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered Multiple geographically dispersed settings
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Students are required to use a unique user id and password to access all course content. Academic integrity policies are in place to ensure adhereance to strict guidelines set by the university. These policies are shared with students in the course syllabus and the online orientation, and have serious consequences which result if not followed. The use of Respondus lockdown browser for many online exams restricts students use of their computer while taking a test. Most tests are timed and are inaccessible after the time period has elapsed.

List of Student Assessments Administered

IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Yes
IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction results publicly available No
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement results publicly available Yes
Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment Student Assessment of Instruction (Ferris survey)
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 N/A
Limited time to complete degree No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates N/A

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