Student services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Student services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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No additional funds are required for textbooks because those costs are built into every course. UA System eVersity uses OER. This means the materials are available online to the public under an intellectual property license that permits free use and re-purposing by others.
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Applying for Aid (FAFSA) Consumer Tools for College FA Shopping Sheet Available Fincancial Aid Exit/Entrance Counseling Fraud Statement Terms & Conditions Penalty for Drug Law Violations Student Loan Info & Loan Code of Conduct Summary of Disclosures (how to obtain CI) Prohibition on the use of FA funds Private Loan Disclosures Verification Requirements
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Ferpa Training HIPAA Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB) Annual notice and training Computer Use Policy Agreements and FIle Sharing IT Resource Policy Risk Assessment / Management Policy Copyright Infringements/Policies and Sanctions (measure to educate community)
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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention (Annual notice / training) Drug Free Workplace (Employees Only) (Annual Training) Emergency Management
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To check your grades in Blackboard, access the Grade Book link from the course menu on the left side of the screen.
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Journals are private messages that only the instructor and student can see. To create a journal entry, access the journal link from within the weekly folders. Select the “Create Journal Entry” button from top left of screen and then use the textbox editor to create your message.  Press submit to post the entry to your private journal.  Now your instructor can read, grade and provide comments.
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To submit an assignment, click on the assignment link from within the weekly folders. The assignment drop box will open up and allow you to attach a file or submit your response in the text box.
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All courses at eVersity are designed with a similar look and feel.  Key components include the course syllabus including all the information you need to know about your course along with a schedule of due dates.  Course materials and assessments are housed under the weekly folders link.  Watch the video below to learn more about navigating eVersity courses.  
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To post to a discussion board, access the link via the course menu or from within the weekly folders. Select the create thread button from the top left menu.  A text editor will open up that allows you to create a message.  Press submit to post the message as a thread to the discussion board.  Others can reply to your message by clicking on the thread title and pressing reply.
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We currently do not have scholarships, but there are a number of scholarship programs outside of eVersity. We will guide you to consider multiple financial resources during your first course with us, Engage.
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No. This is another reason why eVersity has worked so hard to keep our tuition at one of the lowest rates in the country.
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We hope to add prior learning assessments in the future, but we do not offer them at this time. Stay tuned and inquire with your advisor about this.
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We currently do not offer the option to test out of a course. However, if you have taken a test before, perhaps at another institution, we will evaluate your scores to see if we can give you credit. Inquire with your academic success advisor if you have specific questions about previous tests you have taken or if you are considering a credit-by-exam opportunity.
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Just like classes are different when offered face-to-face, each online class may be a little different. Sometimes faculty will make use of discussion boards; others may use blogs or video posts.
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No one can guarantee you a job, however, we offer degrees that are in high demand by employers – healthcare management, information technology, criminal justice and business. We have also designed all of our degrees so that our courses provide you with the skills employers are seeking. The University Studies degree helps us make the best use of the credits you’ve already earned. We believe a degree from eVersity will make you very competitive in the workforce. Your academic transcript will include career competencies you’ve acquired within the eVersity courses you complete and will demonstrate what you have to offer prospective employers.
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Sure. If you are a high school graduate and a resident of Arkansas, you can be admitted. We believe in giving students a fresh start. You academic success advisor will also talk about what happened before and make sure we have a strategy to do much better this time. We want you to succeed and earn a degree.
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This is a difficult question to answer since each student studies and learns a little differently and some students grasp some subjects more quickly than others. Our data shows the highest student success to require  2-to-3 hours daily. We recommend that you log in frequently at first to get a feel for the course and then set your own pace as you get comfortable. Some weeks might take less effort than others.
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Each faculty member will specify how they will interact with students. In most cases, you will interact through submitting course work, participating in discussion boards and completing group projects. You will also have direct access to faculty members through email and phone.
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Each class lasts six weeks and is organized in learning modules. The modules vary in length, but they typically have learning materials such as lectures and reading materials and also an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned. The exact organization may vary from course to course, but all courses will be easy to navigate.
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Some courses will require group work. Our faculty and staff determine if group work is an effective method of teaching the material and helping students learn. If group work is required, group members connect digitally.
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The assignments will take different forms, depending on the course and the instructor. You may encounter quizzes, written projects, group work, discussion boards, kitchen labs and journaling. In short, you’ll experience the same sort of assignments that you would in a traditional face-to-face classroom.
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Online courses offer many of the same challenges as face-to-face courses. You have to be prepared to engage with the material, you have to find time to study, and you need the discipline and commitment to do college-level work. Online courses do require you to be a bit more independent, they require you to be an advocate for yourself and ask questions when you need assistance, and they require you to have good time management skills so that you can manage the coursework along with the other obligations in your busy life. Finally, unlike face-to-face courses, you have a greater need for a reliable internet connection to enable you to stay engaged in the course and complete assignments timely.
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Like face-to-face courses, each faculty member determines the grading method for their particular class. The grades you earn will be based on the quality of the work you submit.
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All tests will be administered online. You will not have to travel to take a test. In fact, you’ll never have to visit a campus. We are 100 percent-online from application to graduation.
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All courses are similar to face-to-face courses in that your instructor will be a University of Arkansas System institution faculty member and the rigor of the course will be equivalent to similar on-campus courses at University of Arkansas institutions because eVersity courses were created for online delivery from existing courses at those institutions. So, the course quality and learning expectations are no different than what you would experience by taking a course on the campus of one of those institutions. What is different with eVersity’s courses is that with unique online interactive features you choose the time and place each day you will log in and learn. Our online courses also offer support tailored to meet your needs and electronic texts and resources are included as part of the course.
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We start courses seven times a year. Once you are in a class, you can access the course materials any time of the day.
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If you have technical difficulties, please review https://eversity.groovehq.com/knowledge_base/topics/contact-support. We also recommend that you contact your instructor to let them know you are having difficulty. There will be directions how to do this once you are enrolled in the course.
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Hardware
• Desktop computer or laptop with webcam and microphone
     ○ Tablets and cell phones are not recommended for coursework.
     ○ Chromebook devices may not allow for the installation of additional software required for specific classes.
• 2GHz or higher processor speed
• 2GB or greater memory (RAM)
• 30GB or greater available storage
• Windows 8 or higher operating system (for PC)
• Mac OS 10.12 or higher operating system (for Mac)
• Access to a mobile device with camera for biometric authentication

Software
• Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari web browsers
     ○ Internet Explorer is not a supported browser
• Adobe Acrobat Reader (available via free download)
• Java (available via free download)

Network
• Broadband network connection (Cable or DSL)  with 512 Kbsp (0.5 Mbps) or higher download speed
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A recent survey of employers found that 79 percent of employers have hired someone with an online degree in the past year.
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You will have access to lots of support. For example, you have access to your instructor and your academic success advisor. We also want you to know that we will actively review your course work and activity, and we will try to prompt you when we see you’re having trouble. Our goal is to catch you before your minor challenge becomes a major difficulty.
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We understand that sometimes life events happen that require you to change plans. Naturally, we want you to remain enrolled so you can reach your educational objective, but our academic success advisors will work with you to exit the program and develop a plan to return.
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That’s difficult to answer since we have just started this program. Our goal is to prompt students as soon as we see a problem that might keep them from being successful. We offer support and assistance to address problems you may experience, so we anticipate that our retention will be high.
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We were designed with student success in mind, and we take all of the necessary steps to ensure our students have appropriate academic support, regardless of the enrollment.
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At the start of each course, review your syllabus and make note of the important dates. Update your calendar and stay focused on meeting those deadlines. Also, don’t forget to make sure payment for each course is taken care of before the start date of the class.
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We think you’ll love eVersity’s online format. Your instructor will be from a University of Arkansas System institution. You will have other students in your class. Just like an on-campus class, you’ll have learning assignments and demonstrate what you learn through projects, tests, or other activities. The difference in an online course is that you can log into your class at any time of the day, work on assignments and projects, and submit work to be graded. Your instructor will communicate with you electronically, and you’ll interact with other students on message boards, web or video chats, or email. In fact, we’ll introduce you to eVersity and the resources available to you during your first course called Engage. It’s sort of like a test drive to help you experience eVersity’s brand of online learning.
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We’ve made applying to eVersity a very simple step. The quick and free online application only asks a limited number of basic questions. For example, you’ll need to know when and where you graduated high school, where you currently live, and you will be asked to answer some questions about how to contact you.
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No.
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No. But if you do have the scores we would like to know since they sometimes provide information that can help us better understand areas of study where you are likely to be a strong student and areas where you might need a little more support. The test scores are commonly part of the high school transcript we receive.
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Once you are admitted, you will be placed in your first course, called “Engage.” The aim of that course is to expand our knowledge about how you think and learn and that information enables us to tailor resources to fit your needs. This course requires all students to take assessments in both Math and English; because effective communication and quantitative literacy are two of the key abilities sought by today’s employers. If you’re a bit rusty or need support in either area, we’ll build resources into your classes so you won’t need to take a separate class or go anywhere else for help. If you’re strong in these areas, you won’t need to spend time with additional resources.
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Classes are taught by faculty who teach for the University of Arkansas System institutions from all over the state. You’ll receive the same quality of instruction as you would if you were attending class at one of our brick-and-mortar campuses.
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Yes. The University of Arkansas System eVersity was created by the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas and is a part of the largest university system in the state. It also uses faculty from all of the UA System’s institutions.
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Transferring credits is the decision of the receiving institution you’re transferring to. So you’ll need to check with the school you’re transferring to in regard to what may be accepted in transfer and what course meet their requirements.
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All of our students take a first, free class called eVersity Engage. This is a short course that introduces you to eVersity and helps us get to know you so that we can better guide you in your education. Part of that course is completing your educational degree plan with the help of an academic success advisor, who will help you determine what classes you need to complete your degree. We can also gather all of your academic transcripts for you at no cost to save you the expense and time.
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Not at this time. Our courses are brief and intense, and last just six weeks. It’s been our experience that given the intense, focused nature of the class, that students do better taking one class at a time and then moving on to the next course.
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Classes are six weeks long. There is a one-week break between classes.
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Every class requires a pre-test that is completed within the first four days of class. We recommend students “attend” class on a regular schedule. If you set aside the time on your calendar and plan for it, it will be easier to stick to it and complete your assignments. The courses are designed to allow you to access materials when you have the time. Faculty members will set due dates each week, but there will be considerable flexibility so you organize the deadlines within your schedule. It’s important that you log in frequently and stay actively involved in the class.
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The classes that are available depend on when you start and what credits you transfer in to eVersity. Your academic success advisor will help you determine where to start after you complete Engage.
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