Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management
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.
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Michele Lynne Wehrle
Wehrle, Michele Lynne, "An assessment of alternative delivery doctoral programs in the foodservice and lodging management and family and consumer sciences education at Iowa State University" (2007). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 15921.