ERIC Number: ED221085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Educational Significance of a University Undergraduate, Non-Traditional, External Degree Program.
Newton, Michael D.
The need for and success of the external undergraduate degree program at the University of Redlands, California, in meeting the educational and occupational goals of a selected population of graduates were assessed. A 21-item questionnaire was administered to alumni of 3 external bachelor degree programs. Sixty-seven respondents had been awarded the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies during 1975-1978; 50 respondents obtained the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management during 1977-1979; and 87 respondents obtained the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration during 1978-1979. Study objectives were as follows: (1) to identify professional, educational, and personal benefits derived from the respective degree programs; (2) to identify specific factors that chiefly motivate students to enter and complete an external degree program and to determine whether these factors existed at Redlands University; and (3) to quantify the Redlands alumni perceptions and evaluations of the quality and value of their academic experience while external degree students. Findings include the following: a significant number of graduates (77.5 percent) would not have returned to college to complete a bachelors program had not an external, nontraditional degree program been available; the most important factors listed to enter and complete the external program were part-time curricular offerings in the evening, the less time needed to earn the degree than a traditional setting, and geographic convenience of offerings; 92 percent indicated the educational value of their external degree program requirements to be greater than earlier traditional experiences; and job promotions and salary raises were outcomes of external degrees. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adult Students, Alumni, Bachelors Degrees, College Students, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Enrollment Influences, Evening Programs, External Degree Programs, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Nontraditional Education, Occupational Aspiration, Part Time Students, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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