ERIC Number: EJ1084694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Online Ph.D. Program Delivery Models and Student Success
Jorissen, Shari L.; Keen, James P.; Riedel, Eric S.
American Journal of Distance Education, v29 n4 p232-247 2015
The purpose of this study was to provide information to an online university that offers Ph.D. programs in three formats: knowledge area modules (or KAM, a type of faculty-led, self-directed doctoral study), course-based model, and mixed model (a combination of the KAM and course-based models). The investigators sought to determine why students choose a particular delivery model; their satisfaction with the model; and if they switch, why they do so. A mixed-method approach was utilized using quantitative student characteristics and survey data as well as qualitative survey and interview data. Results indicate that students enrolled in a course-based online Ph.D. program are more likely to be retained and more satisfied than students enrolled in other online delivery models.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Delivery Systems, Doctoral Programs, Student Satisfaction, Mixed Methods Research, Student Characteristics, Student Surveys, Interviews, Academic Persistence, Graduate Students, Demography, Correlation, Predictor Variables, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota