ERIC Number: ED407564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Accredited Distance Study Degrees. Graduates and Employers Evaluate Their Worth.
Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.
The quality and value of accredited distance study degrees were evaluated through a survey of a random sample of graduates of 10 Distance Education and Training Council-accredited distance study institutions throughout the United States and a follow-up survey of some of the graduates' supervisors. Of the 674 graduates surveyed, 148 (24%) responded, and 45% elected to have their supervisors surveyed. Ninety-four percent of the graduates considered their course material sufficiently comprehensive, 67% rated home study more difficult than the "classroom education" they had experienced, 53% rated the overall instructional services offered by their correspondence/distance institutions as superior, 96% considered their degree to have been worth the effort, 46% rated their distance degree more valuable than resident school degrees in the same subject/field, and 47% rated their degree as valuable as other resident school degrees. Of the 55% of contacted supervisors who completed questionnaires, 84% knew that their employee had earned an academic degree by correspondence/distance study, 94% thought that the graduate they supervised compared favorably in knowledge, skills, and attitudes with subordinates holding resident degrees, and 92% said that they would be inclined to hire and supervisor other individuals holding correspondence/distance study degrees. (Forty-five graphs are included. Both survey instruments are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Correspondence Study, Degrees (Academic), Distance Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Quality, Employer Attitudes, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Graduates, Higher Education, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Two Year Colleges
Distance Education and Training Council, 1601 18th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-2529; http://www.detc.org ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.