Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2007

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Shirley Gilmore

Abstract

Societal demands of the 21st century have demonstrated the need for alternative delivery doctoral programs. Decreasing graduate student enrollments, need for additional qualified faculty, demand for academic program accessibility, and the need for colleges and universities to develop additional sources of revenue are concerns of administrators in higher education institutions. The purpose of this study was to describe the emergence, development, and implementation, and evaluate the alternative delivery doctoral programs in the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) and Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSEd) Leadership Academies at Iowa State University (ISU). In addition, this study determined the effectiveness of the alternative delivery format in doctoral education.;Electronic questionnaires were sent to 43 CNP or FCSEd Leadership Academy graduate students/graduates (student), and 26 FLM or FCSEd faculty members/visiting professors (faculty). An ecosystem model, two-phase assessment technique was used to assess operational characteristics, and student and faculty perceptions' of alternative delivery programs in the Department of Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management (AESHM) at ISU. Quantitative and qualitative procedures were used in data analysis.;The desire of working professionals to earn a doctoral degree while maintaining their current full-time positions was studied. Overall, student and faculty respondents found the alternative delivery doctoral programs at ISU as successful and an accessible alternative to traditional on-campus doctoral education programs. Results showed that alternative delivery doctoral programs are viable solutions to meet needs of diverse student populations.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-17121

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Michele Lynne Wehrle

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3274863

OCLC Number

191954405

ISBN

9780549154471

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

139 pages

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