Southern New Hampshire University
SNHU Online Online classes allow students to break the bounds of time and space associated with traditional classes. Communication, one of the many options provided by the Internet, offers opportunities for meaningful interaction between faculty and students. Online classes also provide opportunities for collaborative learning. The program provides an environment for ﬂexible learning and teaching, where students may interact with experts in their ﬁelds of study and draw upon resources from a global environment. Classes also draw upon the experience and knowledge of students, many of whom have a great deal of real-life experience to add to a class. The online program offers many advantages to students and faculty. These courses are NOT open-entrance/open-exit or traditional correspondence courses. Undergraduate courses run for an eight week period the same as the School of Professional and Continuing Education. Graduate courses follow the 11 week graduate schedule. All courses are taught by an experienced faculty member who has been trained to engage students in an online environment. Active and regular participation is required and assignments are due each week, though students have ﬂexibility within each week to meet course requirements. The classes are limited in size, providing a special measure of faculty-student interaction not found in most traditional classes. The average faculty-student ratio is 1:15. While traditional materials such as textbooks are required, the course is delivered largely online through the Web-based Blackboard™ course environment. Instructors and students interact with one another, share resources and exchange documents through discussion boards and other electronic tools. Students enrolling in online courses must have a computer with the following minimum speciﬁcations: Windows XP operating system, 233 MHZ processor; 2 GB of free disk space; 256 MB memory; a 56K V.90 modem, cable modem or DSL modem and Internet access through an Internet Service Provider; Microsoft Ofﬁce XP; Web browser software, Internet Explorer or Netscape (versions will be speciﬁed for students who enroll); and antivirus protection software. Please note that there are additional technical requirements for information technology (IT) majors—contact SNHU Online for more information. SNHU Online is a top provider of online courses and programs to active-duty members of the United States armed forces, government service employees and dependents. Staff, academic advisors and student services members are knowl-
edgeable and experienced in working with these populations, and understand issues relating to government tuition assistance and tuition reimbursement programs. Southern New Hampshire University and its online program are SOC (Serviceperson’s Opportunity College), SOCAD, SOCNAV, and SOCCOAST approved and registered with the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). The university, through SNHU Online, is a preferred provider of distance learning opportunities to sailors and soldiers through the Navy College Program Distance College Partnership (NCPDLP), eArmyU and AU-ABC Community College of the Air Force/Air University articulation agreements. For information about the SNHU Online Withdrawal Policy, please refer to the Academic Standards and Regulations section of this catalog.
Online Consortium Southern New Hampshire University is a member of the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU). The intent of this consortium is to offer students the opportunity to supplement their academic program with courses not offered by Southern New Hampshire University. Through this consortium, students may take selected online courses at institutions such as Regis University, Saint Leo University, University of the Incarnate Word, University of St. Francis, Seton Hall University, Robert Morris University, and Newmann College. Students’ advisors must approve all course selections. For additional information, contact Christine Javery (firstname.lastname@example.org) in SNHU Online.
Technical Requirements for Online Courses SNHU Online requires that all students have the following programs, software, and operating system on their computers prior to participating in their ﬁrst online course. All SNHU Online instructors use these programs and software and may not be able to accept written work from students who are using incompatible programs. Students participating in upper level IT courses may be able to obtain temporary licenses for software required for their courses through SNHU’s MSDN alliance program. Students in courses which take advantage of this alliance program will be given participation instructions during the ﬁrst few days of class by their instructors. In addition to the following, it is recommended that students have, at the very least, a 56 kbps modem. However, it is STRONGLY recommended that students have access to a broadband connection of at least 700 kbps.
Published on Oct 19, 2009