Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Military and Veterans
This study draws from the research streams of online learning and social influence to gain greater understanding on what influences student veterans and active duty members to participate in online engineering education programs. Engineering schools want to not only improve their graduation rates, they also want greater student diversity. In this paper, we use student veterans as a proxy for diversity through their shared experiences, norms, and values acquired from training and serving in the military. We extend our previous research by arguing that student veterans not only benefit the graduation performance of engineering programs, but also their diversity. Student veterans provide universities win-win opportunities for both of these objectives. Educators deem diversity performance as being an important aspect for their institutions for serving society. Furthermore, diverse sources of knowledge provide multiple perspectives benefitting the learning process for students and professors alike. Online systems enable greater diversity by providing more learning options for students of all backgrounds especially the military. The online learning platform provides active duty students and student veterans the means for learning anytime and anywhere, part-time or full time, virtually or physically, or both. Using secondary data, we analyze factors that influence student veteran participation in online engineering education programs.
We develop and test a research model using regression analysis on data from online engineering master’s programs from across the United States. Our empirical study reveals for the first time that the number of online engineering program graduates and the number of full time online faculty have positive, significant influences on veteran participation in online engineering programs. Through our research, we contribute new insights for engineering programs as they leverage the online learning platform for accelerating the creation and sharing of academic and industry knowledge between students, professors, and firms. Through these increasingly seamless, symbiotic information flows, online student veterans should play an increasingly important part in the performance and diversity of engineering programs and the communities they serve.
Schutz, D. M., & Kim, Y., & Dionne, D. (2018, June), Factors Influencing Student Veteran Participation in Online Engineering Education Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30506
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