ERIC Number: ED422788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
The Master's Degree in Social Work at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron: A Case Study of the Benefits and Costs of a Joint Degree Program Offered via Videoconferencing.
This report evaluates a joint Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program at Cleveland State University (Ohio) and the University of Akron (Ohio) in which half the courses originate on each campus and students use videoconferencing to participate in all courses. The two-year program, which began in spring 1995, admits approximately 48 students each year. Evaluation found an attrition rate of approximately 19 percent and no differences in learning outcomes, as measured by grades, for students at either the sending or the receiving site. It was concluded that two separate programs enrolling the same number of students would cost about 53 percent more than the joint MSW program. Although a single program at one campus would cost less in total than the joint program, the report finds that such a program could probably accommodate only about 67 percent of the current enrollment at a per student cost about 21 percent higher than the joint program. Individual sections of the report describe: (1) the background and context of the joint program, including course sharing, technology, and program management; (2) benefits of the MSW program in terms of learning outcomes, student access, institutional renewal and growth; and (3) program costs. Five tables detail the study's findings. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ. and Colleges, Long Beach. Office of the Chancellor.; Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM), Washington, DC.; State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.