University of Nebraska—​Omaha

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 1997-1998

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 68
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 81
Average online teaching experience 5 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 40%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 35%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 25%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 59
Part-time faculty with doctorate 17
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 3
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 7
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required No
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 7
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 5
Average class size 20
Maximum class size 40

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 10
Online courses 103
Five most popular majors
Business Administration and Management, General 14%
General Studies 8%
Public Administration 6%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 6%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Information Technology
Information Science/Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Adult Development and Aging
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Sciences
Criminology
Geography
Political Science and Government, Other
Sociology
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Established in 1950, the Bachelor of General Studies Degree was designed especially for the adult learner. The degree offers 50 areas of study and affords maximum flexibility of course selection and degree design. Professional, personalized academic advising and student support services are available online, on campus, and via the phone. The OBD program maintains its origins as a military/veteran-friendly degree. The program provides a quality, affordable education accessible fully online.

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams Yes
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Neutral
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 Majority
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 76-99
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation N/A
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 Multiple geographically dispersed settings
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

All test proctors for online exams must be approved (identification, qualifications, and authenticity) by academic administrators at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The on-campus testing center has secured access and 24/7 surveillance. Test takers must show identification to testing center staff/proctors. In fall 2013, the institution is piloting an online testing service (that visually monitors test takers) and plans to purchase an online testing service in December 2013. Online course materials are password-protected. Online course syllabi include an academic integrity/plagiarism statement. OBD faculty are required to put mechanisms in place to prevent and/or detect plagiarism and cheating in online courses.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Adult Learner Inventory (Noel Levitz) Yes
Adult Learner Inventory results publicly available Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement results publicly available Yes
Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment Post-Graduation Plan Survey; ACT Alumni Outcomes Survey
Other assessment results publicly available Yes

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 120
Credits that must be earned through school 24
One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates
Limited time to complete degree No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits 2.5 years
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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