An investigation of the mission, vision, funding strategies and student services for distance learning in land grant and state universities
services for distance learning as expressed by university administrators in land grant universities
and state universities, and those institutions that are designated as both land grant and state
universities by the state legislature. Three research questions guided the study
The study employed a survey distributed through e-mail. The questionnaire was sent to
261 senior administrators; the chief academic officers, chief business officers, and chief
information officers in 37 land grant and state universities and 13 institutions that are both land
grant and state universities. The return rate was 30%.
The institutional mission and administrator’s vision for offering distance learning survey
responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The study also used correlation, confirmed
by factor analysis, to determine if there was a relationship among the administrators’ responses
regarding mission, vision, and funding. The data were analyzed with ANOVA and fishers least
means difference test. These tests determined if there were differences in the administrators’
responses between the type or sizes of higher education institutions on mission, vision of
administrators. The data analysis indicated that the type of institution did not yield significant
differences. The difference of means test indicated there were differences in the student
population size of the institutions.
The responses indicated the mission or purpose for offering distance learning was to save
money for the institution, and support degree completion for former students. The responses
related to administrative vision show initiating a distance learning program and a being leader
among higher education institutions were the reasons for a distance learning program. The content analysis method was employed to determine the roles of the administrators in
the survey. The administrators’ responses related to distance learning were consistent with their
roles in the institution.
The study also produced results related to student services institutions provide for
distance learning students, how the student services were provided, on or off campus or both
locations and the funding sources for the student services.
School:Kansas State University
School Location:USA - Kansas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:distance learning and mission funding senior administrators land grant universities student services education curriculum instruction 0727
Date of Publication:01/01/2005