Part-Time Master’s Level Graduate Student Persistence Dr. Marian Cohen, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Social Research Dr. Scott Greenberg, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education
Graduate Programs of Study2010-2011 Master of Business Administration Master of Arts with concentrations in: Counseling Psychology Educational Leadership Health Care Administration Human Resource Management Public Administration Master of Science with concentrations in: Coordinated Program in Dietetics Food Science and Nutrition Science Human Nutrition: Education and Media Technology Master of Science in Nursing: Education Leadership Master of Education with concentrations in: Art Curriculum and Instructional Technology (online) Educational Technology (online) Early Childhood Education Elementary Education English History International Teaching Literacy and Language Mathematics Nutrition Education Spanish Special Education STEM The Teaching of English as a Second Language
Chronology of the Study Fall 2010 – Development of survey January 2011 – Final draft of survey February 2011 – Input into Survey Monkey; Email, with link to survey, sent to current matriculated master’s degree students and students who had graduated from a master’s degree program at FSU within the past two years. February 25, 2011 – Reminder email sent March 2011 – Focus Groups
Response Rate Total population: 1,499 Eligible respondents: 1,465 % who started survey: 31.6% (463) % who completed survey: 28.7% (420) # part-time students who completed survey: 228
Problems Encountered by Students Number of Reponses = 71 Physical/mental health problems 46.1% Personal: 34.6% Family member: 3.8% Learning disability: 7.7% Advisor problems 23.1% Financial problems 19.2% Parking problems 7.7% Course scheduling problems 3.8%
Reasons for Withdrawal Of the 45 students who said they withdrew from the program, 33.3% cited family responsibilities 31.1% cited academic issues 13.3% cited health reasons 11.1% cited issues related to the University 6.7% cited financial reasons 4.4% cited the length of time needed to complete the program
Ways in which participation in program changed lives Professional satisfaction 28.9% Personal satisfaction 28.9% Enrichment and enhancement of professional skills 20.6% Made contacts through the learning environment and classes 2.1% Improved time management 3.1% Serve as role model 2.1%
Implications of Findings Importance of advising respect caring for the student as an individual learning more about students’ backgrounds course scheduling conducting an exit interview with those who withdraw or stop out for student success, program development and retention.