Lamar University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

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

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 87
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 89
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 100%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 75%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 76
Part-time faculty with doctorate 18
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 1
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required No
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 12
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 0
Average class size 30
Maximum class size N/A


Online bachelor's degree programs 8
Online courses 118
Five most popular majors
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 81%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5%
General Studies 4%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Health Professions and Related Programs
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

LU Online's mission is to provide alternative avenues of access for those wanting to continue their educational goals. Online degree programs offered through the Center for Distance Education and the Center for Academic Partnerships are tailored to meet the dynamic schedules and commitments of adult learners in the workforce. LU Online also houses The Center for Military Services, which provides resources, support, and advising for our active duty and veteran service members.

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 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 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 4
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)

We offer workshops to faculty on multiple methods of assessment. We also facilitate proctored exams between faculty and students. And each student enrolled in a Lamar University online course is provided with, and must use, a secure login and password to access and participate in online courses. This method of student verification and authentication complies with SACS’ "Distance and Correspondence Education – Policy Statement."

List of Student Assessments Administered

Academic Profile (ETS) Yes
Academic Profile results publicly available Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement results publicly available Yes

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

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