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Goal

N

%

N

%

Acquire new job skills, only

460

8%

3

3%

Discover career interests

146

3%

6

6%

Earn a vocational certificate

339

6%

1

1%

Earn a vocational degree w/o transfer

293

5%

7

7%

Earn AA/AS Degree w/o transfer

535

9%

10

10%

Educational development

181

3%

5

5%

Improve basic skills

49

1%

1

1%

Maintain certificate/license

104

2%

1

1%

Transfer to 4-year after AA/AS

2,056

36%

35

36%

Transfer to 4-year w/o AA/AS

679

12%

13

13%

Undecided on goal

529

9%

15

15%

Update job skills, only

272

5%

1

1%

2

3%

3

5%

35

54%

19

35%

3

5%

9

16%

4

6%

5

9%

1

2%

MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2010

Table 4: Educational Goal by Research Group (The educational goal must be updated each term, so as individual goals change the total number may be greater than the number of subjects in each category.)

N

%

N

%

4

6%

2

4%

1

2%

2

4%

6

9%

3

5%

3

5%

3

5%

6

9%

4

7%

4

7%

No OSS

OSS

Drop

OSS

Successful

OSS

Unsuccessfu

l

Transfer Status of Offered Class

N

%

Transfer level

160

65%

Non transfer level

85

35%

Total

245

100%

Table 5: Transfer Level of Online Course Sections Offered (Courses numbered 300-499 are transfer level. Los Rios renumbered its courses in summer 2004, so the enrollment data in this table therefore include the fall 2004, spring 2005, and fall 2005 semesters only.)

5,083

70%

90

66%

44

38%

76

76%

2,142

30%

46

34%

71

62%

24

24%

7,225

100%

136

100%

115

100%

100

100%

OSS

OSS

Unsuccessful

Drop

Transfer level Non transfer level Total

N%

N

%

Table 6: Transfer Level of Enrollments by Research Group

Transfer Status of Enrolled Class

No OSS N

%

OSS Successful

N%

A final illustrative comparison relates to the academic departments each group of students enrolled in during the study period. This is shown in Table 7. For all four groups, classes in computer information science were selected more often than any other, though the OSS Unsuccessful students were just as interested in management. This was also popular with the OSS Successful and OSS Drop groups. Table 8 shows the number of online sections offered by department.

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