Western Kentucky 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 771
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 430
Average online teaching experience 5 years
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 N/A
Part-time faculty with doctorate N/A
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 N/A
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 54
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty N/A
Average class size 22
Maximum class size 24

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 10
Online courses 105
Five most popular majors
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All majors
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Systems Science and Theory
Science, Technology and Society
Behavioral Sciences
Nutrition Sciences
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

WKU is regionally accredited. Students enrolling in an OBD at WKU will be taught by credentialed faculty, who also teach face-to-face students. The curriculum requirements are the same for OBD candidates and face-to-face degree candidates - ensuring course quality. In addition, OBD candidates have the same access to academic support as face-to-face students, including online tutoring, an online writing center, career services, etc. See www.wku.edu/online/src to learn more.

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 All

Delivery

Archived classes All
Classes can be received live Majority
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 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 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)

WKU uses a variety of methods to instill academic integrity including: requiring proctored exams arranged through the DELO Testing Center; providing remote exam access recorded via Tegrity; utilizing timed exams and quizzes via Blackboard; Course intro videos/photos via Blackboard and/or Tegrity; Utilizing test banks in Blackboard which create different questions for each student taking the exam; Turn-It-In Software (papers are submitted through Blackboard, then this software crawls the assignment, flagging anything suspicious or uncited); Safe Assign, which works very similarly to Turn-it-in, SecureExam and Respondus.

List of Student Assessments Administered

Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (ACT) Yes
Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency 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 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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