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Comparing perceptions of effectiveness of on-campus and hybrid PhD programs

, San Francisco State University, United States ; , Johnson & Wales University, United States ; , Iowa State University, United States ; , Auburn University, United States ; , , Iowa State University, United States ; , Virginia Department of Education, United States

International Journal on E-Learning Volume 20, Number 2, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

The growing number of online and hybrid graduate programs and their particular relevance to older female students suggests the salience of hybrid education for female-dominated degrees such as apparel merchandising and design (AMD). The current study details a formative assessment of the hybrid option of an AMD doctoral program, investigating the strengths and weaknesses of the program, student satisfaction, and the preparedness of hybrid doctoral graduates for careers in academia. Qualitative data was collected from fourteen faculty and students of the program. Findings indicated faculty expertise, peer/faculty/staff interactions, and opportunities for research as strengths of the hybrid option. Weaknesses included lack of course offerings in hybrid formats and inadequate guidance for completing degree processes. Hybrid students were satisfied with the program and felt similar levels of preparedness for careers in academia as students in the on-campus option. Recommendations were provided for administrators and faculty of AMD-related hybrid doctoral programs.

Citation

Dorie, A., Jablon-Roberts, S., McCracken, A., Sadachar, A., Shane-Nichols, A., Fiore, A.M. & Curwood, S. (2021). Comparing perceptions of effectiveness of on-campus and hybrid PhD programs. International Journal on E-Learning, 20(2), 113-136. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 9, 2021 from .