Western Illinois University

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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 191
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 22
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 141
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 50
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty N/A
Average class size 35
Maximum class size 40

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 1
Online courses 180
Five most popular majors
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About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies can be earned entirely online. Instate tuition charged for online courses no matter of student's location.

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 No
Collaboration among online and campus-based students Cannot
Students enroll as online students Yes, online students take different classes than on campus students
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 Minority
Classes can be received live Majority
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. N/A
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) N/A
Skype or other visual software Yes
New-student orientation Optional
Review and sign ethics statement No
Percentage of classes with lectures 26-50
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 8
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 Multiple geographically dispersed settings
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Yes
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Onsite proctored exams utilize a lockdown browser and plagiarism software is available for use by all faculty.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Other assessment Yes
Description of other assessment A degree program graduation survey which measures learning outcomes, program satisfaction, and educational goals is available to all students graduating from the degree program
Other assessment results publicly available Yes

Graduation & Retention

Credits needed to graduate 120
Credits that must be earned through school 40
One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates
Limited time to complete degree No
Target time to earn final 25% of credits 2.5 years
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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