South Dakota State University

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

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

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online N/A
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online N/A
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 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 5
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 0
Average class size 19
Maximum class size N/A

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 6
Online courses 251
Five most popular majors
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All majors
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
General Studies
Social Sciences
Sociology
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Flexibility and affordability for online learners. Programs tailored for working professionals seeking higher credentials in nursing and medical lab science and flexible degree completion programs.

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 Most

Delivery

Archived classes All
Classes can be received live Minority
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 No
Review and sign ethics statement No
Percentage of classes with lectures 26-50
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation N/A
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 Multiple geographically dispersed settings
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Unique username and password, test proctors, webcam monitoring, writing style/anti-plagiarism; voice recognition/in-person presentations - all determined by faculty.

List of Student Assessments Administered

IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Yes

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 120
Credits that must be earned through school 32
One-year retention rates N/A
Limited time to complete degree No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits No target length
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates N/A

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