ERIC Number: EJ878646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
How Important Is Study Mode in Student University Choice?
Hagel, Pauline; Shaw, Robin N.
Higher Education Quarterly, v64 n2 p161-182 Apr 2010
Conjoint analysis was used to model the importance of study mode in students' choice of university. Study mode was proposed as a key choice attribute as universities have diversified their means of delivering education and increased the use of online delivery. Results are reported for two conjoint experiments. The first investigated how undergraduate students made trade-offs between study mode, university and tuition fees. The second examined similar trade-offs made by current and prospective postgraduates. Findings confirmed the importance of study mode to both groups and suggest two main reasons for its influence on university choice: it affects students' experiences of learning and socialising at university, and their time and place flexibility. The most preferred study modes for undergraduates and postgraduates were face-to-face study and print-based study, respectively. Given the trend towards online delivery, the findings have relevance to universities across national systems and reputational markets.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Tuition, College Choice, Internet, Study Habits, Socialization, Learning Experience, Educational Trends, Online Courses
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Education Level: Higher Education
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