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ERIC Number: ED407564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Pages: 52
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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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)
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
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.