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ERIC Number: ED360931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Student Persistence in a Distance Education Program: The Effect of Faculty-Initiated Contact. AIR 1993 Annual Forum Paper.
Towles, David E.; And Others
Student-faculty contact is widely accepted as influencing retention within campus-based programs. The difficulties of implementing such contact within a distance learning environment magnify its importance as a topic for investigation. This study sought to evaluate the effect of faculty initiated contacts on student persistence within a large video-based distance learning program. The study evaluated course completion rates and student opinion for students who received informal faculty contact via phone calls and compared results to those of a control group in the same courses who did not experience faculty initiated contacts. Students (N=120) were enrolled in the following general education courses: Biology, Government, History, and Music. In addition, another group of 100 students participating in a telephone survey, indicated how helpful they considered faculty phone calls to be. The study showed that faculty-initiated efforts seem to have the greatest effect on improving course persistence among freshmen students (those with fewer than 30 earned hours). (Contains 13 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A