University of South Carolina—​Aiken

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Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 2006-2007

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 9
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 0
Average online teaching experience 4 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 100%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 78%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 56%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 4
Part-time faculty with doctorate 0
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
School finances online instructor training No
Continuing online instruction education required N/A
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 15
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 2
Average class size 13
Maximum class size 20


Online bachelor's degree programs 2
Online courses 29
Five most popular majors
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 100%
All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Health Professions and Related Programs
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

The University of South Carolina offers a completion program for students who have an Associate of Science degree in nursing but wish to obtain a BSN. Applicants of this program should have a South Carolina RN License. Starting Fall 2013, the USCA will offer an online degree completion program in Business Administration (management concentration only). Students applying to this program should have at least 60 transferable hours, including a majority of the required general education courses.

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations Yes
Exams Yes
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 All
Same curricula for online and campus-based students All


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 N/A
New-student orientation Yes
Review and sign ethics statement Yes
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 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)

Before students enter the program they are required to read and sign a code of academic/ethical integrity. Faculty members may manipulate online assessments by assigning passwords to assessments, removing printing capabilities for assignments,and electing to use an anti-plagiarism service. All online exams are also timed.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Academic Profile (ETS) Yes
Academic Profile results publicly available No
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement results publicly available No

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 124
Credits that must be earned through school 31
One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates
Limited time to complete degree No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits 3 years
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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