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ERIC Number: ED542699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug-15
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
[StraighterLine] Student Survey Results. Final
Hezel Associates (NJ1)
The cost of college continues to outpace inflation, even as average household income has declined over the past decade. Since 2008, StraighterLine has offered a new way of reducing the cost of a college degree: self-paced, pay-as-you-go introductory level college courses. The underlying philosophy of the program is that students can get an equivalent, if not superior, educational experience in introductory college courses (e.g., calculus, accounting, English composition) through an individually paced, tutor-supported course than in the large lecture hall setting that is common at traditional colleges and universities. Furthermore, StraighterLine is able to offer these courses at much lower cost than colleges and universities. Depending on the registration option and time spent completing the course, StraighterLine students can potentially pay less than $30 per credit. Demand for the program has been substantial, with nearly 2000 registrants since the first courses were offered in 2008. To better understand its clientele, StraighterLine hired Hezel Associates to develop, execute, and analyze an online survey of its alumni. The main foci of the survey were to: determine why students decided to take StraighterLine courses, assess whether they were satisfied with their experience, and learn more about the demographics of the StraighterLine student population. Based on the analysis of the survey data collected in June 2011, the major findings are: (1) Students register for StraighterLine courses for three main reasons: convenience, cost, and fulfilling a pre-requisite; (2) Students expect StraighterLine courses to be rigorous and find that those expectations are met; (3) Overall, students are very satisfied with StraighterLine courses; (4) More than ninety percent of students who completed courses with StraighterLine were able to get the credit for the courses transferred to a degree-granting institution; (5) Students appear to fail to complete StraighterLine courses due to a combination of factors, rather than one or two predominant factors; (6) The StraighterLine student population is much more diverse than the traditional college student population; and (7) StraighterLine appears to be off to a very successful start in developing courses that meet students' needs. Appended are: (1) Instruments; and (2) Additional Tables. (Contains 10 figures, 6 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hezel Associates