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Accreditation of Online BS Programs. Harvey A. Gullicks , Ph.D., P.E. University of North Dakota. ABET Accreditation. UND does not approach accreditation of on-campus & distance deliveries as separate programs.

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accreditation of online bs programs

Accreditation of Online BS Programs

Harvey A. Gullicks, Ph.D., P.E.

University of North Dakota

abet accreditation
ABET Accreditation
  • UND does not approach accreditation of on-campus & distance deliveries as separate programs.
  • Rather, the UND BSCE program is accredited as one program, which utilizes multiple modes of education delivery.
  • It is critical that advising of distance students protects the rigor of your program.
    • Ensure that credit is not given for algebra- based physics, statics, mechanics of materials, & engineering transfer courses.
    • Do not waive course prerequisites without very good rationale.
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ABET Accreditation
  • Prepare for extra ABET distance delivery scrutiny:
  • Proctor concerns
    • Good proctors: library, church, community college, university, human resource personnel
  • Delayed exam taking concerns
    • Keep proctor access window short as reasonable
    • Impress on students: ethical issues, importance for maintaining program accreditation for their graduation & future graduates, student consequences of cheating
    • Restrict materials & technological devices during testing: cameras, cell phones, calculators, notes, books, etc.
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ABET Accreditation
  • Advising Concerns: Email Documentation
    • Distance students = transfer students: Rigorous transfer credits & work experience waivers review.
    • Enforce course prerequisites with academic advisement registration holds & course registration permission numbers system.
    • Work & course load: <6 if working full time
    • Advising must present options to take courses from other institutions for later transfer. Frequent requests to review courses for transfer acceptability.
    • Faculty advising load: Distance students take 3 times longer to advise than on-campus students. Financial aid
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ABET Accreditation
  • Student Education Experience Equivalency
    • UND’s experience: Distance students are your best advocates to speak to the rigor of your program & value of your program. Include them in most if not all program assessment tools.
  • Faculty Buy-In
    • Distribute the advising load uniformly
    • Provide faculty overload pay opportunities from distance student course access fees
    • Need summer advising compensation
    • Encourage faculty-distance student interaction
    • Prompt response to distance students
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ABET Accreditation
  • Admission: Expect many more applications for admission than will enroll in classes.
  • Enrollment: Expect only about 30 to 40% of distance student admissions to actually take courses from campus distance delivery
    • Biggest factor: math preparation of the student
    • Successful calculus series transfer students typically do well. (No prior calculus often = no success.)
  • Retention: Expect about 20-25% of admissions to continue after 1st or 2nd semester.
  • Graduation: Variable 3-9 years to graduate
ce 482 483 senior design course sequence
CE 482/483 SeniorDesign Course Sequence
  • The senior design courses contribute to achieving many of the civil engineering program outcomes. However, these courses are particularly important for documenting the following outcomes:
    • Designing a system or component
    • Working in teams
    • Communicating Effectively
designing a system or component
Designing a Systemor Component
  • Distance students can contribute good ideas for realistic design projects based on their work experience.
  • Because of their work experience, distance students often bring important leadership and organizational skills to the design team.
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Designing a Systemor Component
  • Distance students can obtain useful background data for the project such as site survey data, soils data, traffic data, etc.
  • Distance students may have specialized computer analysis skills and access to specialized software that they can share with the on-campus students.
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Designing a Systemor Component
  • Distance students often have practical experience with the design process that they can share with the on-campus students.
working in teams
Working in Teams
  • In order to utilize the experience and skills of the distance students, we try to include both distance and on-campus students on the senior design project teams.
  • Our experience has shown that distance students often bring valuable team working skills such as leadership, in-depth knowledge of the topic, and good work habits.
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Working in Teams
  • Our experience has shown that on-campus students appreciate the team working skills of the distance students.
communicating effectively
  • Our experience has shown that having distance students on design teams can greatly enhance the communication learning experience.
  • We rely on Blackboard to provide the necessary communcation tools for the senior design projects.
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Communicating Effectively
  • Each team is organized as a separate group on Blackboard. This facilitates emailing among team members and file sharing.
  • Blackboard has other tools such as the Wimba Classroom, Wikis, and server access that can enhance team communication.
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Communicating Effectively
  • Generally, design teams with distance students make the best use of the communication tools available on Blackboard.
  • The Wimba Classroom is particularly useful because it allows teams to share voice, PowerPoint slides, and software applications in a web conference.
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Communicating Effectively
  • The Wiki feature on Blackboard provides a way for teams to post text on the web in a secure location that can be accessed by the other team members. This feature is useful for posting team journal entries.
  • We can also make software programs available to distance students using the Citrix server which they can link to with Blackboard.
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Communicating Effectively
  • In general, we have found that more distance students on a design team, the more use is made of the various communication tools on Blackboard.