University of West Georgia

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 2011-2012

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 6 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 89%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 89%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 78%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 5
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 Yes
Continuing online instruction education required Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 5
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 12
Average class size 35
Maximum class size 40

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 1
Online courses 25
Five most popular majors
Criminology 100%
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All majors
Social Sciences
Criminology
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Criminology has a unique focus in the state by going beyond the scope of most criminal justice programs. Students that complete the program will have the knowledge of the main theories in criminology and deeper understanding of why people commit crime, basic research methods, and knowledge of career options in the field, including the pursuit of advanced degrees.

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, but can take classes on campus without notification
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 Majority
Classes can be received live Majority
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. Half
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) N/A
Skype or other visual software Yes
New-student orientation Yes
Review and sign ethics statement Yes
Percentage of classes with lectures 26-50
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 Yes
Exams have random question order Yes
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)

Measures are strict identity verification requirements & processes at the point of admission; secure usernames/passwords required for access; all of the core courses and some of the upper-division courses require at least one proctored exam at a test site where identity is checked and test-taking is monitored; in the core courses a student cannot pass the course without passing the proctored exam, regardless of grade-average in the class; our online faculty development support staff encourage instructors to use best practices in online course development and authentic assessment, providing guidelines for promoting academic integrity; and all admitted students must sign a code of honor and are held to strict academic integrity standards.

List of Student Assessments Administered

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

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 2 years
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates N/A

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