Fitchburg State University

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 2009-2010

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 3
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online N/A
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 100%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 2
Part-time faculty with doctorate N/A
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's N/A
School finances online instructor training No
Continuing online instruction education required N/A
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 1
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 1
Average class size 14
Maximum class size 20

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 2
Online courses 9
Five most popular majors
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse N/A
Business Administration and Management, General N/A
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All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Health Professions and Related Programs
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Besides the complete degree programs offered online, numerous courses are offered in an online format.

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 Neutral
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 Majority
Same curricula for online and campus-based students All

Delivery

Archived classes Minority
Classes can be received live N/A
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. N/A
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) N/A
Skype or other visual software N/A
New-student orientation Optional
Review and sign ethics statement No
Percentage of classes with lectures N/A
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 No proctored exams
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Students have unique login credentials.

List of Student Assessments Administered

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Yes
Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment Recent graduate survey (in-house)

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 120
Credits that must be earned through school 60
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
Graduation rates

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