Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice
A challenge within higher education is that student retention is lower in online programs than in traditional programs partly due to a disconnection between students and the institution. An initial study conducted by the authors of this study confirmed that students in an online program desired connectivity. The research team sought participants from the original study to participate in a consensual qualitative research study. Results indicated that students desired high connectivity with advisors, instructors, and the program and some connectivity to their peers. The leading factor that contributed to their feelings of connectedness was ongoing and timely communication.
First published by the North American Business Press at: https://doi.org/10.33423/jhetp.v18i4.574
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