ERIC Number: ED462948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Assessing an Untapped Supply of Information Technology Workers: Adult Women and Underrepresented Minorities.
This paper presents the results of a research study (Spring 2001 completion) on adult women and minority students returning to a non-traditional four-year university designed for working adults over a five-year period (1995-2000). The study analyzed several unique student populations--graduates (recent and alumni), still enrolled, and not enrolled (stopped or dropped out)--across two modalities (online and face-to-face). The following research questions were examined: (1) What motivated them to enroll in an IT (information technology) degree program? (2) What university characteristics influenced their choice of institution? (3) What facilitated their persistence and/or degree completion? and (4) What employment incentives enabled enrollment and degree completion? A survey methodology was used to gather data. The goal was to obtain an understanding of the backgrounds, motivation, preferences, and support systems that adult women and minority IT students express upon entrance and exit from the University of Phoenix (Arizona). (Contains 18 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: College Choice, Distance Education, Females, Higher Education, Information Technology, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Education, Student Motivation, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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