Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Other
Academic calendar (as submitted by school) During the course of a "semester" Courses are offered in 4-week, 8-week, and 16-week intervals. A summer term provides even more flexibility for cours
First year of program 1999-2000

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 140
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 79
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 N/A
Full-time faculty with doctorate 77
Part-time faculty with doctorate 25
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 2
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 358
Average class size 29
Maximum class size 30

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 14
Online courses N/A
Five most popular majors
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 34%
General Studies 24%
Psychology, General 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 10%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 8%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Organizational Leadership
Accounting
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Information Science/Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
General Studies
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Psychology
Psychology, General
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

To meet our obligation to provide educational opportunities, it is our continuing responsibility to identify and remove constraints of time and place that might burden learners and limit access. With fully accredited on-line degree programs from the associate through the specialist levels, and a full array of support services, no student in need of an education should feel place or time bound. • Numerous online degrees • All eligible degrees are accredited by their respective association

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 Mandatory
Students enroll as online students Other
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 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 26-50
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 12
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 Yes
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)

An academic honesty statement is placed in every syllabus; test format strategies vary by faculty member and within individuals courses.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Adult Learner Inventory (Noel Levitz) Yes
Adult Learner Inventory results publicly available No
Major Field Test Yes
Major Field Test results publicly available No
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 Yes
Target time to earn final 25% of credits 1 year
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits 7 years
Graduation rates N/A

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