ERIC Number: ED469358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Enrollment and Success of Hispanic Students in Online Courses.
Angiello, Roanne S.
This study researched whether or not Hispanic students, in spite of the digital divide, were enrolling in and succeeding at online courses. The Census Bureau projects that Hispanics will compose 25% of the United States population by the year 2050. Although the Hispanic population in Bergen County, New Jersey is only 10%, during the fall semester at Bergen Community College (BCC) the Hispanic enrollment was 22%. In spring 2002, BCC offered 70 online courses, with approximately 1,500 students registered. The literature suggests that Internet use among Hispanics is approaching, and perhaps even surpassing, that of Whites. This paper discusses whether or not the narrowing of that digital divide will translate into better performance in academics and jobs that require computer and Internet competencies. The author found that in fall 2001, 15% of those enrolled in online courses at BCC were Hispanic, while they made up 22% of the total student population. Although students of all races do not succeed at the same rate in online courses as they do in traditional courses, the success rate for Hispanics was 47%, compared with 62% for Whites. Whites are 16% more successful than Hispanics in online courses, whereas they are only 4% more successful in traditional courses. (Contains 25 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Diversity (Student), Ethnic Groups, Hispanic American Students, Internet, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Education, Online Courses, Two Year Colleges, Virtual Classrooms, Web Based Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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