Northern Arizona University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 1998-1999

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 100
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 339
Average online teaching experience 1 year
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 49%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 24%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 12%
Full-time faculty with doctorate N/A
Part-time faculty with doctorate N/A
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's N/A
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's N/A
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required No
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 38
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 4
Average class size 29
Maximum class size N/A


Online bachelor's degree programs 54
Online courses 819
Five most popular majors
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 40%
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other 13%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 12%
Public Health, General 12%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 5%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Technical Teacher Education
Health Professions and Related Programs
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Public Health, General
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Psychology, General
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration
Science Technologies/Technicians
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
Social Sciences
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Northern Arizona University is one of Arizona's premier public universities and a pioneer in online learning for more than 20 years. NAU’s online degree programs are renowned for their innovative delivery and curriculum, with faculty dedicated to providing a truly engaging online education. NAU is the most transfer-friendly institution in the state, accepting a range of transfer credits. Currently, more than 7,300 students from all over the country are pursuing an NAU degree online.

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, but can take classes on campus without notification
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


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 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 Multiple geographically dispersed settings
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

NAU uses Lightweight Directory Protocol (LDAP) to give students to access Web courses and other secure information online. All students agree to an acceptable use policy that prohibits sharing login and password information. Penalties for academic dishonesty are clear and widely publicized to students through course syllabi and the Student Handbook. NAU faculty and staff are also rigorously trained to spot and confront academic dishonesty at every level and are committed to upholding NAU's mandate of providing a rigorous academic environment. Penalties for cheating and plagiarism are clear and nonnegotiable.

List of Student Assessments Administered

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

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