Peirce College

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Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Private
Terms Semester
First year of program 1999-2000

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 35
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 82
Average online teaching experience 8 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 93%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 82%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 74%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 22
Part-time faculty with doctorate 20
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 1
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 2
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 0
Average class size 17
Maximum class size 40


Online bachelor's degree programs 7
Online courses 197
Five most popular majors
Accounting 5%
Business Administration and Management, General 57%
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1%
Information Technology 18%
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 19%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Information Technology
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Peirce offers practical, high quality 100% online degree programs to career-oriented, non-traditional students. Online 3-credit courses are taught in an accelerated format with the same professors, curricula, & learning outcomes as traditional classroom courses. All courses include 42 hours of instruction plus 24/7 technical support. Most students study part-time, have earned transfer credits, and enjoy the flexibility of taking classes online, on campus, or in both delivery formats.

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 Cannot
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 Most


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 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)

Peirce College uses a system of secure logins and passwords to ensure that students registering for the course are the students who participate and receive credit. Additionally, the following practices help to ensure that the person who is getting credit for the course is in fact the person who has enrolled. Peirce requires that students use a login/password to access their online classes. The password must be reset every 90 days. There are no high-stakes exams in Peirce courses that comprise the majority of the grade. There are multiple means of assessments in courses, including discussions, projects, papers, quizzes, and exams.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Major Field Test Yes
Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment College Student Inventory-Form C (Noel Levitz)
Other assessment results publicly available No

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 121
Credits that must be earned through school 31
One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates
Limited time to complete degree Yes
Target time to earn final 25% of credits 2.5 years
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits 2.5 years
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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