Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The perceived degree satisfaction and job preparedness of on-campus and distance campus graduates from the bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies degree program at Mississippi State University
by Busby, Michael Kevin, Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2012, 105; 3522193
Abstract (Summary)

Research suggests that perceived degree satisfaction and perceived job preparedness are related to positive experiences from undergraduate degree programs. Research also suggests that perceived levels of degree satisfaction and job preparedness may vary based on whether the student was a traditional or nontraditional student. Therefore the purpose of this study was to analyze the level of degree satisfaction and the level of job preparedness of distance learning students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program at Mississippi State University in relation to that of on-campus students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program at Mississippi State University.

Participants for this study included graduates between the years of 2001 and 2009 from on-campus and from the distance learning campuses of the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program at Mississippi State University. The instrument for collection was the Degree Satisfaction and Job Preparedness Survey which was adapted from the Survey of Occupational Education Program. Data were collected in the areas of degree satisfaction, job preparedness, and demographics.

Based on the researcher's interpretive scale, the study found that the overall level of degree satisfaction among graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Mississippi State University was relatively high. The study also showed that degree satisfaction was higher among distance learning graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program than it was among on-campus graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

The study also found that based on the researcher's interpretive scale that the overall level of job preparedness among graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Mississippi State University was relatively high. In addition the study also showed that job preparedness was higher among distance learning graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program than it was among on-campus graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Forde, Connie M.
Commitee: Adams, James, Davis, James E., Forde, Connie M., Forde, John, Olinzock, Anthony
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Instructional Systems, Leadership, and Workforce Development
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-A 73/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational technology, Higher education
Keywords: Degree satisfaction, Interdisciplinary, Job preparedness
Publication Number: 3522193
ISBN: 9781267540973
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