Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Institution-related, instructor-related, and student-related factors that influence satisfaction for online faculty at a for-profit institution
by Curran, Michael J., D.Sc., Robert Morris University, 2013, 203; 3557824
Abstract (Summary)

Faculty satisfaction has consistently been considered an important component of any successful educational program. With the emergence of online education, which has been spearheaded primarily by for-profit institutions, faculty satisfaction remains a critical element in the overall success of these business enterprises. Understanding which factors influence satisfaction for online faculty at a for-profit institution is a significant area of study for these organizations. This study used a survey to explore the student-related, instructor-related, and institution-related factors that influence satisfaction for online faculty at a for-profit institution. The methodology included using a survey instrument, an adapted version of the Online Faculty Satisfaction Survey (OFSS) on a sample population of online faculty at a for-profit institution. Analysis revealed that all three factors on the survey contributed to overall satisfaction, with student-related factors being the most significant. Overall, faculty were moderately satisfied with online teaching, with 71% either agreeing or strongly agreeing with the statement, 'I look forward to teaching my next online class'. The most important demographic factor was the degree to which faculty in the study worked exclusively at the for-profit institution. Both full and part time faculty that worked exclusively at the institution studied had higher incidences of satisfaction among all dimensions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Draus, Peter
Commitee: Grant, A. J., Jabro, Ann, Petroy, Anthony
School: Robert Morris University
Department: Information Systems and Communications
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational technology
Keywords: Faculty satisfaction, For-profit institution, Online Faculty Satisfaction Survey (OFSS), Online education, Survey
Publication Number: 3557824
ISBN: 978-1-303-01676-9
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