Wichita State Online has grown aggressively from two fully-online programs in 2013 to now 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Because of this growth, WSU was ranked for the first time in 2015 as one of U.S. News and World Report’s best undergraduate online programs. Within the state of Kansas, WSU’s undergraduate programs were ranked second among all universities, public or private. Currently 41% of all WSU students take at least one online course in an academic year and 15% of our total credit hours are produced by online courses. We are fully authorized to provide distance education courses and programs by the Higher Learning Commission.
WSU prides itself on high-touch student services for our online students. Each fully-online student is assigned an advisor who works one-on-one with that student from first inquiry to graduation. In collaboration with the advisors, by using a wealth of data analytics tools our online retention specialist monitors the behavior of students in online courses, reaches out to students who appear to be falling behind, and provides specific help and strategies for that student to keep pace in his/her courses and program. In addition to this, our OneStop Student Services provides support to students 24/7/365 in the areas of admissions, financial aid, student accounts, registration, general advising and the learning management system. Go to OneStop, http://www.wichita.edu/onestop
Wichita State Online adheres to all state laws regulating distance learning and only admits students where we have authorization. As a member of the National Coalition for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) we are fully authorized to teach in all NC-SARA member states. For non-NC-SARA member states, we either have individual authorization or are working to get full authorization. For up-to-date information on where we are fully authorized to accept students, see our State Authorization page.
Our Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) team works with the faculty teaching in online programs to develop their courses that adhere to Quality Matters standards and comply with ADA and Section 508 rules. Online courses are designed so that students engage with the faculty, with other students in the courses – depending on the subject matter, either asynchronously with discussion tools or synchronously via web-conferencing tools – and with the course material which is specifically designed for the online environment. The IDT team also trains faculty in the pedagogy of online learning and how to use the learning management system and other distance education tools.
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