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ERIC Number: ED567309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 144
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3037-7745-5
Identifying the Factors That Predict Degree Completion for Entirely Online Community College Students
Brock, Kishia R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this research study was to identify demographic characteristics, academic factors, and student behaviors that contributed to successful degree and certificate completion for entirely online, nontraditional undergraduate students at a large community college. A discrete-time event history analysis was used to model the retention of online associate degree and certificate students who began a program of study at a community college in the fall 2008 semester. A Cox Proportional Hazards regression was used to identify predictive relationships among different variables and the time to drop out of a degree or certificate program. Additionally, a Pearson correlation was used to determine whether relationships existed between selected variables and degree completion. The results of the analysis may assist educators in the development of a retention model comprised of the factors that influence degree and certificate completion in an entirely online learning environment for nontraditional students. Understanding the influence of student characteristics on degree completion in the online learning environment is a critical step forward, providing a framework for the development and implementation of programmatic efforts and interventions to increase degree and certificate completion. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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