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Developing, Implementing, and Experiencing an Online Sociology Degree Completion Program at a Large California Public University

Author(s): Alan Emery (California State University – Fullerton, USA), Patricia Literte (California State University – Fullerton, USA) and Echo Chang (California State University – Fullerton, USA)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 26
EISBN13: 9781466659261


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In this chapter, the authors investigate the creation and operation of a Sociology Online Degree Completion Program at a large California public university. The program emerged over several years, and the authors discuss the rationale for its formation, emergence, and implementation. The authors concentrate their analysis primarily on the work of the Sociology Department’s Online Education Committee, whose activities were instrumental in creating the program. They then examine the student populations served by the program and their experiences. The authors compare the demographics of the students in the Online Degree Completion program with the demographics of transfer students in general, and they highlight pertinent similarities and differences. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the program’s future, including challenges facing the program and how the program relates to the continued movement towards online classes in higher education. The authors thus offer a multidimensional and narrative account of the emergence of this program.

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