University of South Alabama

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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 Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 7
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 13
Average class size 25
Maximum class size N/A

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 5
Online courses 71
Five most popular majors
Business/Commerce, General N/A
Information Science/Studies N/A
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other N/A
Nursing Science N/A
N/A N/A
All majors
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

USA's Online Bachelors Degrees are designed for students who have completed, or are in the process of completing, the freshman and sophomore level degree requirements and who desire to complete Bachelors degree through the online delivery of the junior and senior level requirements.

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations Yes
Group projects/simulations Yes
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Neutral
Students enroll as online students Yes, they are bound to courses as online students after enrollment
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 Optional
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 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 One setting
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

USA utilizes a variety of tools to ensure academic integrity for courses in USAonline. To combat plagiarism, many instructors require the use of Turnitin for submitted assignments. Instructors have the ability to administer exams to specific IP addresses and/or a secondary ID and password to access the exam. The College of Nursing requires students to use Software Secure Remote Proctor Pro equipment during the exam.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment Students are administered internally developed assessments throughout the academic year. Assessments include a Graduating Senior Exit survey and a variety of assessments to track students performance and content taught.

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 128
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 1 year
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates N/A

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