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ERIC Number: ED566081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 217
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-0020-0
Planning for Growth in Online Learning: A Case Study in How to Expand the Campus
Donnelly, Eileen
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Many higher education institutions have implemented online learning (OL) as a response to students' needing greater access to higher education. Although many universities have determined that meeting this increasing need for OL is important to their future strategies, some universities do not know how to structure their internal operations to attain and support OL growth. The purpose of this study was to address a problem in a Mid-Atlantic university that had limited knowledge and experience in growing OL beyond its physical campuses, and requires this enrollment increase to achieve its institutional priorities. The research questions probed what the university needs to know and what processes need to be in place to grow OL enrollments outside of the region. Systems thinking theory provided the conceptual framework for this research. A qualitative case study provided information to address this problem. The case study included responses from 10 academic and administrative participants in a focus group and 5 internal and 3 external university leaders in individual interviews. Data analysis involved a systematic method of coding and analyzing for themes. Findings included the university's need to increase its effectiveness in communicating with prospective students, in advising OL students, and in developing relationships with external organizations. The outcomes of the research led to a position paper which identified 6 strategies for OL growth, including recommended methods to enhance prospective student processes. Research about improving access to higher education through OL can positively impact social change by providing information to institutions who wish to increase access to educational opportunities for people who have barriers getting to a face-to-face campus due to disabilities, work schedules, family commitments, or transportation issues. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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