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Technical Standards

A candidate for an online graduate degree must possess certain abilities and skills, which include observational, communicational, motor, intellectual-conceptual (integrative and quantitative) and behavioral and social attributes.

  • Observation: The candidate must be able to use a computer to enter and acquire information and to be capable of utilizing the university’s course management software and any other required software or technology. This entails significant use of a computer monitor to fully participate by reading and responding in course activities such as class discussions, group projects, utilization of web-based library resources to search for information, and linking to course readings and video presentations. Furthermore, a candidate must be able to:
    • Accurately acquire information from textbooks and other written documents, and assimilate information as presented in images from slides, video or other forms of modern electronic media.
    • Interpret graphic images and other forms of data readout (such as statistics, graphs, spreadsheets, etc.) with or without the use of assistive devices.
    • Observe experimental results or subjects accurately.
  • In any case where a candidate’s ability to read or acquire information using the computer, textbook or other written documents is compromised, the candidate must utilize alternate means to collect and convey the essential information. Obtaining and using such alternate means shall be the responsibility of the student, subject to reasonable accommodations that may be granted under the ADA.
  • Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently and appropriately with faculty, staff, fellow students and research subjects, including but not limited to verbal, written, typed, or graphic communication. The candidate must be able to participate in written discussions and compose lengthy written assignments and projects.
  • Intellectual-Conceptual (Integrative and Quantitative) Abilities: The candidate must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize intellectual material; and, if required, the candidate needs to be able to carry out and report on a research project. The candidate must be able to utilize these problem-solving skills in a timely fashion. They must have the mental ability to assimilate, learn and communicate large volumes of complex, technically detailed information in a timely manner. Candidates must be able to apply the concepts and information they have learned.
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities. The candidate must exercise good judgment and self-control, be able to function effectively in stressful situations and adapt to changing environments. Development of effective working relationships with fellow students and faculty in an online learning environment is required. The candidate must be able to critically evaluate their own performance, accept constructive criticism and investigate avenues toward improvement.

If you have any questions about these standards or other policies as they pertain to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the ADA Coordinator and Director, Academic Support at