Sam Houston State University

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 2011-2012

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 70
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 43
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 82%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 67%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 66
Part-time faculty with doctorate 21
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 N/A
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 3
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 5
Average class size 29
Maximum class size 50

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 3
Online courses 332
Five most popular majors
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 85%
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
General Studies 0%
N/A N/A
N/A N/A
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school) N/A

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online No
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations Yes
Group projects/simulations No
Exams Yes
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Cannot
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 All
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 Yes
Review and sign ethics statement Yes
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)

Respondus Lockdown Browser, Tegrity, Proctored Exams, Webcam, Turn It In

List of Student Assessments Administered

IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Yes
IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction 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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