Title

International student participation trends in U.S. distance learning undergraduate degree programs

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

Martha Merrill

Abstract

The international student population living outside U.S. borders enrolled in U.S. distance learning undergraduate degree programs is growing (40% increase in two years) and is different from the campus-based international student population. The first important difference is that international distance learning students have nontraditional characteristics-–age in the thirties, employed, and studying part-time. Campus-based international students, on the other hand, tend to have traditional characteristics. Secondly, European, Asian, and North American students are evenly represented in the international student distance learning population. In contrast, Asian students make up almost half of the campus-based international student population. For this study, twenty campus officials of regionally accredited higher education institutions with distance learning undergraduate degree programs in the United States were interviewed by phone using a survey.

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