A traditional doctoral student lives on campus and pursues the degree in a face to face environment. The shift from traditional to non-traditional has expanded because of advances in technology, changes in workforce needs, and the development of a global economy (Evans & Green, 2013). Technology has enabled students to work online, pursuing an education to support a desire for professional knowledge and skills. The purpose of this meta-data analysis is to examine the research findings from primary research studies on online doctoral students. The systematic search of qualitative research articles, that presented the personal perspectives of online doctoral students, was examined to identify common properties in isolated studies. The purpose of meta-data analysis is to identify and synthesize key themes in primary studies (Schrieber, 2012). The presenter will share the qualitative meta-data analysis method used and key themes and factors that directly impact online doctoral candidates.
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