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Part time graduate-student_persistence_-_41

  1. 1. Part-Time Master’s Level Graduate Student Persistence<br /> Dr. Marian Cohen, Professor of Sociology<br /> and Director of the Center for Social Research<br />Dr. Scott Greenberg, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education<br />
  2. 2. General Information about FSU<br /><ul><li>Location: Framingham, Massachusetts (20 miles west of Boston)
  3. 3. Founded: 1839
  4. 4. Status: Public, four-year coeducational (undergraduate and graduate)
  5. 5. Campus: 73 acres, traditional New England campus
  6. 6. Degrees: BA, BS, BSEd, MA, MS, MEd, MBA, MSN
  7. 7. Programs: 27 undergraduate majors; 24 graduate programs
  8. 8. Enrollment (2010):Undergraduate: 3,858Graduate: 2,095Total: 5,953</li></li></ul><li>Graduate Programs of Study2010-2011<br />Master of Business Administration<br />Master of Arts with concentrations in: <br />Counseling Psychology<br />Educational Leadership<br />Health Care Administration<br />Human Resource Management <br />Public Administration<br />Master of Science with concentrations in:<br />Coordinated Program in Dietetics<br />Food Science and Nutrition Science<br />Human Nutrition: Education and Media Technology<br /> Master of Science in Nursing:<br />Education <br />Leadership<br />Master of Education with concentrations in:<br />Art <br />Curriculum and Instructional Technology (online)<br />Educational Technology (online)<br />Early Childhood Education<br />Elementary Education<br />English<br />History<br />International Teaching<br />Literacy and Language<br />Mathematics<br />Nutrition Education<br />Spanish<br />Special Education<br />STEM <br />The Teaching of English as a Second Language<br />
  9. 9. Chronology of the Study<br />Fall 2010 – Development of survey<br />January 2011 – Final draft of survey<br />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.<br />February 25, 2011 – Reminder email sent<br />March 2011 – Focus Groups<br />
  10. 10. Response Rate<br />Total population: 1,499<br />Eligible respondents: 1,465<br />% who started survey: 31.6% (463)<br />% who completed survey: 28.7% (420)<br /># part-time students who completed<br /> survey: 228<br />
  11. 11. Demographic Characteristics<br />
  12. 12. Sex of Respondents<br />
  13. 13. Age at Start of Program of Studies<br />
  14. 14. Marital Status<br />
  15. 15. Number of Children<br />
  16. 16. Highest Level of Education of Spouse<br />
  17. 17. Highest Level of Education of Mother<br />
  18. 18. Highest Level of Education of Father<br />
  19. 19. Reasons for Going to Graduate School<br />
  20. 20. Factors Related to Persistence<br />
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  22. 22. or Partner<br />
  23. 23. Nature of Support from Individuals<br />Type of Support<br />Source of Support<br />
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  27. 27. Problems Encountered by Students<br /> Number of Reponses = 71<br />Physical/mental health problems 46.1%<br />Personal: 34.6%<br />Family member: 3.8%<br />Learning disability: 7.7% <br />Advisor problems 23.1%<br />Financial problems 19.2%<br />Parking problems 7.7%<br />Course scheduling problems 3.8%<br />
  28. 28. Reasons for Withdrawal<br />Of the 45 students who said they withdrew from the program,<br />33.3% cited family responsibilities<br />31.1% cited academic issues<br />13.3% cited health reasons<br />11.1% cited issues related to the University<br /> 6.7% cited financial reasons<br />4.4% cited the length of time needed to complete the program<br />
  29. 29. Ways in which participation in program changed lives<br />Professional satisfaction <br /> 28.9%<br />Personal satisfaction 28.9%<br />Enrichment and enhancement of <br /> professional skills 20.6%<br />Made contacts through the learning environment and classes <br /> 2.1%<br />Improved time management <br /> 3.1%<br />Serve as role model 2.1%<br /><ul><li> Mixed consequences 3.1%
  30. 30. Some detrimental consequences 11.3%</li></li></ul><li>Implications of Findings<br />Importance of <br />advising<br />respect<br />caring for the student as an individual<br />learning more about students’ backgrounds<br />course scheduling<br />conducting an exit interview with those who withdraw or stop out<br />for student success, program development and retention.<br />

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