Fort Hays State University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 2000-2001

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 241
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 170
Average online teaching experience 6 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 87%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 77%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 66%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 123
Part-time faculty with doctorate 34
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 7
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 12
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required N/A
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 20
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 25
Average class size 23
Maximum class size 25


Online bachelor's degree programs 28
Online courses 675
Five most popular majors
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 52%
Organizational Leadership 17%
Business/Commerce, General 5%
Political Science and Government, Other 4%
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 3%
All majors
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

We have offered fully online degree programs longer than most other institutions – since 1998. Instructors are supported by a full complement of instructional design professionals, so classes are engaging and challenging. Instructors are highly qualified academically and/or professionally and bring real-world perspective to the student learning experience. All online students pay the same low tuition regardless of state of residency.

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
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 Most


Archived classes Majority
Classes can be received live Minority
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. Few
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 3
Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students N/A
Class participation graded N/A
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)

In addition to login with a password, university license bio-sig student ID for authentication. University also promotes random test banks, timed tests, and the use of LockDown Browser. Proctoring is available, and Safe Assign for plagiarism detection.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CAE) Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Yes
Priorities Survey for Online Learners (Noel Levitz) Yes

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 124
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 1.5 years
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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