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  • 1. 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
  • 2. General Information about FSU
    • Location: Framingham, Massachusetts (20 miles west of Boston)
    • 3. Founded: 1839
    • 4. Status: Public, four-year coeducational (undergraduate and graduate)
    • 5. Campus: 73 acres, traditional New England campus
    • 6. Degrees: BA, BS, BSEd, MA, MS, MEd, MBA, MSN
    • 7. Programs: 27 undergraduate majors; 24 graduate programs
    • 8. Enrollment (2010):Undergraduate: 3,858Graduate: 2,095Total: 5,953
  • 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. Demographic Characteristics
  • 12. Sex of Respondents
  • 13. Age at Start of Program of Studies
  • 14. Marital Status
  • 15. Number of Children
  • 16. Highest Level of Education of Spouse
  • 17. Highest Level of Education of Mother
  • 18. Highest Level of Education of Father
  • 19. Reasons for Going to Graduate School
  • 20. Factors Related to Persistence
  • 21.
  • 22. or Partner
  • 23. Nature of Support from Individuals
    Type of Support
    Source of Support
  • 24.
  • 25.
  • 26.
  • 27. 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%
  • 28. 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
  • 29. 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%
    • Mixed consequences 3.1%
    • 30. Some detrimental consequences 11.3%
  • 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.