Southwestern College

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Private
Terms Other
Academic calendar (as submitted by school) Majority of classes are six-weeks in length; 8 6-week sessions per year
First year of program 2001-2002

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 11
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 199
Average online teaching experience 5 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 90%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 90%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 90%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 6
Part-time faculty with doctorate 17
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 14
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 4
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 0
Average class size 12
Maximum class size 24

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 18
Online courses 209
Five most popular majors
Human Resources Development 13%
Business Administration and Management, General 13%
Elementary Education and Teaching 12%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 11%
Operations Management and Supervision 9%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Accounting
Organizational Behavior Studies
Human Resources Development
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
EDUCATION
Elementary Education and Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Securities Services Administration/Management
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies
Psychology
Psychology, General
Theology and Religious Vocations
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Youth Ministry
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Accelerated format, liberal transfer credit policy, experienced professional in the field who teach, credit for prior learning, small classes, individual academic success coach, eight start dates per year, high student satisfaction.

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, online students take different classes than on campus students
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 Optional
Review and sign ethics statement No
Percentage of classes with lectures 26-50
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)

Secure username and password access to coursework and exams, with photo ID verification in admission

List of Student Assessments Administered

Academic Profile (ETS) Yes
Academic Profile results publicly available No
Adult Learner Inventory (Noel Levitz) Yes
Adult Learner Inventory results publicly available No
Adult Priorities Survey (Noel Levitz) Yes
Adult Student Priorities Survey results publicly available No
College Student Survey (HERI) Yes
College Student Survey results publicly available No
Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (ACT) Yes
Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency results publicly available No
Collegiate Learning Assessment (CAE) Yes
Collegiate Learning Assessment results publicly available No
Community of Inquiry Yes
Community of Inquiry results publicly available No
EBI Benchmarking Assessments Yes
EBI Benchmarking Assessments result publicly available No
IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Yes
IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction 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
Priorities Survey for Online Learners (Noel Levitz) Yes
Priorities Survey for Online Learners results publicly available Yes
Student Satisfaction Survey (Noel Levitz) Yes
Student Satisfaction Survey results publicly available Yes

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 124
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
Graduation rates

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