An investigation of the mission, vision, funding strategies and student services for distance learning in land grant and state universities

by Thomas, Susan Peterson

Abstract (Summary)
This study was an investigation of mission, vision, funding strategies, and student

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.

Bibliographical Information:


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

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