Student Success in Online Practitioner Doctoral Programs

Student Success in Online Practitioner Doctoral Programs

Online education has become an integral part of higher education in the United States and there is a higher demand for online doctoral programs ever than before. However, non-traditional students have a low retention rate and extended length of completing online doctoral programs. The review of literature revealed many contributing factors for the successful completion of doctoral programs but it fell short of offering a clear synopsis. The purpose of this study is to explore and identify the nature of student success and contributing factors and ways to improve student success for nontraditional students in an online doctoral program. A mixed-methods concurrent triangulation design will be used to fulfill the purpose of the study. Grounded theory will be used for analysis in the qualitative strand and correlation will be used for analysis in the quantitative strand. A purposeful sampling will be used to recruit doctoral alumni, dissertation chairs, and administrators at University of Phoenix with a minimum sample size of N = 170. The findings may help doctoral program administrators and faculty members to further revise the doctoral programs and improve student success in the programs.

Event Day and Time (AZ/MST timezone): 
August 15, 2018 12:30 pm MST
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