Finally got this study published – based on study of more than 45k students we conclude a beneficial balance exists between classroom and online enrollment.
Online Course Enrollment in Community College and Degree Completion: The Tipping Point
— Peter Shea (@pshea99) July 10, 2018
Research shows that students enrolling in at least one online class have a greater chance of completing their academic programs.
But what is the ideal mix of online to face-to-face enrollments?
Peter Shea and Temi Bidjerano gathered data from 45,557 students from 30 community colleges that considered the number of online courses students took along with their on-campus courses. Their findings indicate that for the average full-time student, no more than 40% of their courses should be taken online. In other words, the average full-time student should take as many as two online courses and three on-campus courses during a semester. For students considered academically at-risk, the number of online courses should be fewer. Conversely, students with higher GPAs may consider taking more online.
Shea, Peter & Bidjerano, Temi. (2018). Online course completion in community college and degree completion: The tipping point. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. Vol 19. No. 2. http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3460/4568
Johnson, Hans & Cuellar Mejia, Marisol. (2014). Online Learning and student outcomes in community colleges. Public Policy Institute of California. http://www.ppic.org/publication/online-learning-and-student-outcomes-in-community-colleges/