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Factors Influencing Student Veteran Participation in Online Engineering Education

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Military and Veterans Division Technical Session 2: Veteran Identity & Inclusion

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Military and Veterans

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Douglas Moore Schutz Tokyo University of Science Orcid 16x16

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Douglas M. Schutz is Vice President and Senior Business Analyst for a Fortune 500 bank where he turns data into knowledge. He recently was Associate Professor of Information Systems, International Business, and Management at the Tokyo University of Science in Japan. He received a Ph.D. in Business Administration focusing on Information Systems from the Fox School of Business of Temple University in Philadelphia, an MBA in Information Systems from the McCombs School of Business of the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis focusing on digital design. He was one of 40 Ph.D. students selected globally to present his research at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Doctoral Consortium in Shanghai, China. His research has been nominated Best Paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS), and his work has been published multiple times by the Japan Society of Information and Management (JSIM). He has been a guest lecturer at the Regensburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi. Prior to academia, He worked as an IT manager and consultant in the energy industry out of New Orleans, Louisiana for two Fortune 500 companies, where his responsibilities included IT disaster recovery from Hurricane Katrina. A U.S. Navy combat veteran, he served as an unrestricted line Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) on board a guided missile destroyer during the Cold War, and on the second Aegis cruiser during the Gulf War.

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Yong-Young Kim P.E. Konkuk University Orcid 16x16

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Yong-Young Kim is Associate Professor of Division of Business Administration and Economics at Konkuk University in Korea. He earned his Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Management Information Systems from Seoul National University in Korea. His research interests include Smart Work, online games, IT experiential learning processes, and IT convergence & platform. His papers have appeared in Information Resources Management Journal, Cluster Computing, International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication, Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems, and Journal of Korean OR/MS Society and also have been presented at many leading international conferences (ICIS, HICSS, PACIS).

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Dante Dionne Korean Air Orcid 16x16

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Dante Dionne is a Senior Innovation Technology consultant. The past 20+ years of his career has centered on management and professional services consulting. Where, he has specialized in leading multi-national project teams in digital business transformation, mobility and innovative technology solutions.

Dante received his Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus on Organizational Leadership and an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a BS in Business Management with a specialization in Computer Electronics. Dante has graduate level teaching credits in Psychometrics, Data Management and as a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo University of Science and Vietnam National University. Dante’s research spans several specializations in psychology including: Social, Cultural, Developmental, Cognitive, Performance, Sports, and Positive Psychology. Dante is also an active member of American Psychological Association (APA) Division 46 (Society for Media Psychology and Technology), Division 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology), Division 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology) and Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology).

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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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