Granite State College

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Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Trimester
First year of program 2005-2006

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 3
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 117
Average online teaching experience 4 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 76%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 48%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 39%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 1
Part-time faculty with doctorate 30
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 5
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 9
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 2
Average class size 14
Maximum class size 25


Online bachelor's degree programs 29
Online courses 169
Five most popular majors
Business Administration and Management, General 24%
Psychology, General 24%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 17%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 15%
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 10%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Information Technology
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Health and Wellness, General
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
History, General
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Psychology, General
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, General
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

GSC is the leading public provider of online education in New Hampshire, as the adult-centered college of the state’s University System. Along with affordable tuition and low fees, students benefit from 15 years of investment in online best practices. Comprehensive training enables our faculty to provide engaging online teaching focused on learning outcomes. Instructional designers and rich media specialists help create a dynamic learning environment, and I.T. supports students and instructors.

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 Neutral
Students enroll as online students No
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 Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) Yes
Skype or other visual software Yes
New-student orientation Optional
Review and sign ethics statement Yes
Percentage of classes with lectures 1-25
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 4
Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students Minority
Class participation graded Yes
Exams Yes
Same exams are administered only once Yes
Exams have random question order Yes
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)

Faculty randomize questions such that no two students have the same quiz or test. In addition, most faculty create questions that are unique to individual students so that the potential for cheating is greatly minimized. Moodle allows faculty to see how much time is spent on a quiz; completion time for each student may be reviewed at any time to look for anomalies. Discussion of diverse outcomes assessment methods is included in faculty orientation and training, with emphasis incorporating an iterative approach to assessment throughout each course.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment GSC Annual Student Satisfaction Survey, with engagement question sub-poll; Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT)
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
One-year retention rates
Limited time to complete degree No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits 2 years
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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