Student Outcomes (Student Right-to-Know Act)-includes graduation, retention, and transfer-out rates

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Distance Education

Students involved in online programs are typically non-traditional students who transfer many courses into their programs at the undergraduate level.  Over 95 percent of the students (both undergraduate and graduate) are taking classes on a part-time basis and will not take classes every semester.  Programs are set up to work around individual situations associated with each student’s life and work, so there is not a typical "time to degree" for students. 

An admitted student will receive a credit evaluation that outlines required courses for his or her program along with a schedule of course rotation offerings.  Advisors work with students to help determine the credit load that will best fit the student’s needs.  The flexibility to meet individual student needs is an important factor in keeping students motivated to work toward completing their degrees.  Additionally, the abundant course offerings facilitate timely degree completion. The annual course completion rate at the graduate level is 90-92 percent. At the undergraduate level the rate is 80-82 percent. Retention is based on students taking classes within a two year time period.  Retention at the graduate level is at 88 percent and at 79 percent at the undergraduate level. 

Since the majority of students are employed full-time when they are admitted to the programs, we do not focus on career counseling or job placement for online students.  We also do not promise employment upon completion of a degree program and this is discussed with students during the recruitment and admission process.  If students are not employed when they begin their degree programs, they are informed about career counseling and job search opportunities available through the campus career center.  Through the advising process, we also work with students to discuss opportunities for enrollment in graduate and PhD programs.

2/21/14

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