A comparison of community college student performance, retention, and demographics in online and onground courses
Linda Frances Crabtree, University of Missouri - Columbia, United States
University of Missouri - Columbia . Awarded
This study's purpose was to compare performance, retention, and demographics between online and onground students. The student population of Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City, Missouri was represented by samples from online and onground sections of courses taught by the same instructor during a given fall or spring semester in 1998 or 1999. Because nontraditional delivery may attract older students who perform better than younger students, this study controlled for age. A Mann-Whitney test indicated no significant difference in performance between online and onground students. T-test and chi-square tests indicated significant differences: (a) fewer online students were retained in classes; (b) older students enrolled in online classes (t-test); (c) more female students enrolled in online classes; and (d) fewer nonwhite or Hispanic students enrolled in online classes. Future research should focus on the relationship between support (library, student services, etc.) and class retention of online students.
Crabtree, L.F. A comparison of community college student performance, retention, and demographics in online and onground courses. Ph.D. thesis, University of Missouri - Columbia. Retrieved March 24, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/125800/.
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