San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.218.1 - 25.218.10
Assessing the Economic Impact on Academic Credentials of Incoming Working Professional StudentsThis paper assesses the previous and current recessionary economic impact on the academiccredentials of incoming working professional students over the same recessionary periods.Since 1950 there have been eleven documented and agreed to U.S. economic recessions,including the current recession which began in 2008. Each recession lasted from approximatelysix months to a maximum of 18 months; the most recent and on-going 2008 recession has nowlasted 18 months. There are many predictions as to the length or severity this most recentrecession has had, and will continue to have on U.S. gross domestic product, employmentrecovery or other indicative economic characteristics.This paper will map the two most recent U.S. economic recessions to incoming professionalstudent demographics to determine if there are characteristics indicative of these difficulteconomic conditions. Incoming student demographics will be evaluated for breadth of companyparticipation, undergraduate GPA, gender, incoming chronological age, years of workexperience, State of residence, breadth of undergraduate major, breadth of job titles andgeographical distance from on-campus distance hybrid cohort-based programs.Often evaluations are reported based on one shot, post hoc assessments. This paper, howeverreports demographics results of a longitudinal follow-up study of nearly 300 business andindustrial professionals who graduated from ______ University’s College of __________ cohort-based distance hybrid weekend programs as well current 100% distance programs. Additionallyit interprets its findings in the light of a benchmark against a previously conducted (2002)evaluation of these same weekend cohort-based programs. Since the initial 1999 programofferings, there have been 19 unique offerings of the cohort-based distance hybrid programs,some with minor variation for company-specific interests in areas of concentration. Not allcohort-based programs were available for public enrollment. Some programs were createdspecifically for companies who wished to fund an entire cohort themselves and subsequentlymake basic underlying modifications for concentrations more applicable to their company.
Springer, M. L., & Dyrenfurth, M. J., & Bowen, E. E., & Schuver, M. T. (2012, June), Assessing the Economic Impact on Academic Credentials of Incoming Working Professional Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20978
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