University of Maine—​Augusta

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 1995-1996

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 66
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 80
Average online teaching experience 12 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 98%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 95%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 90%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 25
Part-time faculty with doctorate 3
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 2
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required No
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 13
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 3
Average class size 20
Maximum class size 30

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 9
Online courses 213
Five most popular majors
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 33%
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 33%
Business Administration and Management, General 20%
Library and Information Science 13%
N/A N/A
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Accounting
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Information Technology
Health Professions and Related Programs
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science
Library and Information Science
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, General
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

UMA provides a wide range of face to face and distance (multiple modalities) courses to students all over Maine and beyond - predominantly to adults returning to college after being out of high school for many years or at the time of job changes. They attend part-time, have children and are working; take longer to graduate and often earn associate degrees along the way to a baccalaureate. UMA is recognized for being personally supportive of students and offering flexible programs.

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations Yes
Group projects/simulations No
Exams Yes
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Encouraged
Students enroll as online students Yes, but can apply to switch course enrollment to campus-based
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 Majority
Classes can be received live Majority
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 76-99
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 1
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)

Faculty members utilize test management and anti-plagiarism tools available in Blackboard.

List of Student Assessments Administered

EBI Benchmarking Assessments Yes
EBI Benchmarking Assessments result publicly available Yes
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 No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits No target length
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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