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Factors affecting retention in online courses


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to expand what is known regarding the factors that relate to successful completion of online, undergraduate college courses. It addressed 13 student factors available through archival data at Northern Kentucky University based on 1,493 students enrolled in fully online courses in fall 2008. It included programmatic membership as the fourteenth variable. The study employed both logistic regression analysis and multiple regression analysis. The dependent variable for the logistic regression analysis was dichotomous based on completion of all online courses with a grade of “D” or better (yes or no). The dependent variable for the multiple regression analysis was a continuous variable, percentage of online courses completed. The following variables were found to have a positive relationship to successful completion of online courses: applying for financial assistance, GPA, senior year in college, major in health and human sciences, major in a STEM field, and tuition residency of metro rate. The following variables were found to have a negative relationship to successful completion of online courses: race of Black and freshman year in college. The freshman year in college only showed as a significant variable in the multiple regression analysis.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Higher education;
Student retention;
Online instruction;
Success factors
Company / organization
Classification
0514: School administration
0516: Adult education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Distance education; Online learning; Online persistence; Retention
Title
Factors affecting retention in online courses
Author
Berling, Victoria L.
Number of pages
166
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0094
Source
DAI-A 71/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124206868
Advisor
Howard-Hamilton, Mary
Committee member
Beere, Carole; Hinton, Kandace
University/institution
Indiana State University
Department
Educational Leadership, Administration, and Foundations
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3422069
ProQuest document ID
755308344
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/755308344
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