ERIC Number: ED453868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Fall 1999 Online Courses.
Serban, Andreea M.
This document is a study of the demographic and academic traits of fall 1999 online students taking electronic courses through Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) (California). The study aims to compare online students with SBCC students and peer students taking the on-campus versions of the electronic courses at SBCC. This evaluation examines the following areas: (1) Course Offerings and Enrollment; (2) Student Demographic Characteristics; (3) Student Success; and (4) Student Satisfaction. The study finds that the online students are 56% female, compared to 50% female at SBCC, and 51% for peer on-campus enrollment. The age of online students mirrors that of SBCC, and is slightly older than the age of students in peer on-campus enrollment. The attrition rate for online registrants is lower than that for both SBCC and for peer on-campus enrollment. Hybrid classes have a higher attrition rate than do the totally online courses. The study finds that attempts to predict the probability of withdrawal have not been revealing. The study includes student responses to nineteen questions asked in a student survey, including how they learned about the class, how demanding the class was, and how satisfied they were with the class. (NB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Barbara City Coll., CA.