University of West Alabama

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Other
Academic calendar (as submitted by school) On campus classes are semesterly. Online classes are quarterly.
First year of program 2004-2005

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 26
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 29
Average online teaching experience 3 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 95%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 70%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 50%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 19
Part-time faculty with doctorate 11
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 Yes
Continuing online instruction education required No
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 13
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 4
Average class size 20
Maximum class size 30

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 6
Online courses 120
Five most popular majors
Business Administration and Management, General N/A
Accounting N/A
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other N/A
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels N/A
Marketing/Marketing Management, General N/A
All majors
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

There are no residency requirements for UWA Online students, whether they are graduate or undergrduate. A student can complete his/her coursework in the privacy of his/her own home.

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 Yes
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Encouraged
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 None
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. N/A
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) N/A
Skype or other visual software N/A
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 12
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 Yes
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Students utilize a remote proctor device to take all exams. Each exam is viewed for academic integrity. In fact, UWA was recently award the Trusted Seal by Software Secure. We were the first instition to earn the honor. Additionally, we utilize Turnitin.com to detect plagarism within written assignments.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Academic Profile (ETS) Yes
Academic Profile results publicly available Yes

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 120
Credits that must be earned through school 60
One-year retention rates N/A
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 N/A

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