Utah State University

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Semester
First year of program 2005-2006

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 42
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 36
Average online teaching experience 4 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 91%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 87%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 71%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 27
Part-time faculty with doctorate 17
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 1
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 5
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required N/A
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 17
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 8
Average class size 60
Maximum class size N/A

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 8
Online courses 93
Five most popular majors
Agricultural Business and Management, General 1%
Human Development and Family Studies, General 7%
Psychology, General 9%
Economics, General 3%
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 80%
All majors
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Psychology
Psychology, General
Social Sciences
Economics, General
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Utah State University has delivered higher education to students outside of a traditional campus for over 100 years. Today, the university employs the latest learning technologies to deliver its courses worldwide. Each online course goes through a rigorous instructional design process to ensure students have rich academic experiences regardless of their location. USU-Online courses are also taught by the same faculty teaching on-campus courses, giving students access to world-class instruction.

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 No
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Cannot
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 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) 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 4
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)

Most exams for OBD courses require exam proctors. Students must locate a USU certified proctor in their area to administer the exam. Proctors are verified by USU staff and must be official testing or educational centers. Academic integrity of material is also dependent upon secure login and tracking with the learning management system.

List of Student Assessments Administered

IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Yes
IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction 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 In-House Student Opinion Surveys
Other assessment results publicly available Yes

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 120
Credits that must be earned through school 30
One-year retention rates N/A
Limited time to complete degree Yes
Target time to earn final 25% of credits No target length
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits More than 10 years
Graduation rates N/A

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