Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 7, No. 3 (2010)

Online education perceptions of community college students entering a bachelors program: A two year study

Phillip D Coleman, Western Kentucky University
Ray J Blankenship, Western Kentucky University


The purpose of this research study was to investigate the perceptions of community college students entering an online bachelors program in an American Midwest university. This study, conducted over a time period of two years, evaluated the studentís perception of rigor and effectiveness of the various community college programs that they had matriculated from. The studentís grades were recorded at the end of their first semester at the university to determine how well they were prepared to begin an online bachelorís degree in technology. The questions that were asked to over 150 students included their perception of previous educational institutions with regards to rigor, study skills, level of technology, and technical knowledge of faculty. The grades earned in this first introductory course were correlated with the studentís perceptions. It is the hope of this study that student perceptions can be a good predictor of how well they will do in a technology focused bachelors degree program.

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