Westfield State University

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

School type Public
Terms Other
Academic calendar (as submitted by school) 2 semester terms and 2 summer terms
First year of program 2008-2009

Faculty & Classes

Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 68
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 40
Average online teaching experience 4 years
Faculty have at least 1 year online teaching experience 99%
Faculty have at least 2 years online teaching experience 82%
Faculty have at least 3 years online teaching experience 65%
Full-time faculty with doctorate 58
Part-time faculty with doctorate 9
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 0
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's 3
School finances online instructor training Yes
Continuing online instruction education required Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 4
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty 12
Average class size 20
Maximum class size 20

Programs

Online bachelor's degree programs 6
Online courses 132
Five most popular majors
Business/Commerce, General 92%
Sociology 8%
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All majors
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Commerce, General
History
History, General
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Social Sciences
Sociology
About the online bachelor's degree program (as submitted by school)

The on-line degree-completion program has been designed for community college graduates with 1990 Commonwealth Transfer Compact status. Students should complete an associate's degree curriculum designated specifically for the On-line bachelor's degree completion program and earn a minimum cumulative QPA of 2.30 before transferring to WSU. Other transfer students also may apply to the exclusively on-line bachelor's degree-completion program.

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 Neutral
Students enroll as online students Other
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 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 N/A
Exams have random question order Yes
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 Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

1. test pool/randomization of test items 2. timed exams 3. academically honesty policy: instuctor may require signed honesty policy 4. use Turnitin and Safe Assign

List of Student Assessments Administered

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Yes
National Survey of Student Engagement results publicly available Yes

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 1 year
Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits N/A
Graduation rates
Graduation rates

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