In July 2010 the Distance Education and Training Council surveyed graduates of 24 DETC-accredited degree-granting institutions. The purposes of these surveys were to obtain information on how DETC degree graduates felt about their distance study experience, how this degree had affected their careers or personal life, and how employers felt about individuals who had earned a degree through distance study.
A list of survey highlights is below:
- The largest percentages (17%) are ages 41-4 and 46-50, and the largest percentage (14%) make 71-80 thousand dollars per year.
- Graduates selected the distance study method because it fit into their work schedule (35%). Other reasons given for electing to study by distance education were: Convenience (27%), family constraints or availability (12%), study at your own pace (10%), costs less (6%), and other (11%).
- Seventy-four percent said that the information they received accurately described the future acceptability of the degree or academic credits by other institutions (17% were unsure).
- Ninety-seven percent said their experience with the degree program matched their expectations (2% were unsure).
- Ninety-eight percent said that they felt challenged by the level of difficulty of the course(s)
- When asked to rate the depth of knowledge and teaching competence of the faculty, 99% rated it adequate or superior.
- Ninety-seven percent rated their overall satisfaction with the instruction services as adequate or superior.
- The majority (73%) rated “personal satisfaction” as their number one reason for enrolling in the degree program. Other important reasons were “to learn more about the subject” and “to improve job skills.” The least important reason was “to get a job promotion.”
- The majority (76%) rated “personal satisfaction” as most important benefit they received from obtaining their degree, and “the enjoyment of learning” as the second most selected benefit. The least important benefit was “to qualify for a professional license.”
- Forty-five percent received some type of increase in their income due to earning their degree.
- The majority (80%) did not try to transfer their credits to another academic institution. Of those who tried, 73% were successful in transferring credits. Ninety-nine percent rated their satisfaction with the degree programs as adequate or superior.
You can view a complete copy of the survey results on the DETC website.
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