A study profiling characteristics of nontraditional students in an human resource development degree concentration option
Hui-Chin Chu, University of Arkansas, United States
University of Arkansas . Awarded
This research centers on the factors affecting degree completion of nontraditional students in this Human Resource Development degree completion program. Degree completion is very important to all stakeholders including educators, administrators, and individuals. Without access to bachelor degree program opportunities there is a limit for working adults to further their education and advance in their career. The Department of Vocational and Adult Education of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas is responding to the need of working adults through the delivery of a bachelor degree with a concentration in HRD by distance education. There were 106 respondents from a population of 111 with a 95% response rate. The data was collected from the Student Enrollment Survey from Fall semester of 1997 through Spring semester of 1999. Research questions were analyzed by t-test, chi-square, and logistic regression. The results of this study indicated that general and technical credit hours earned prior to program entry were two major factors that affected student graduation. An associate degree earned prior to program entry was also one of the factors affecting student graduation. In addition, family support was found as one of the factors affecting nontraditional students' degree completion. Demographic and work-related variables did not have any effect on student degree completion. This study indicated that there was no significant difference between graduates and non-graduates when employer support was tested in isolation of the other factors. However, it was found as a significant factor when combined with general credit hours earned prior to program entry, and technical credit hours earned prior to program entry. The results showed that the combination of these three variables is the best model for predicting student graduation.
Chu, H.C. A study profiling characteristics of nontraditional students in an human resource development degree concentration option. Ph.D. thesis, University of Arkansas.
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