Tuesday, April 22, 2014

James McKean publishes article in academic journal

Chillicothe Campus faculty member Dr. James R. McKean’s study, “Using Institutional Data in Curricular Decision Making,” was published in the 20th Anniversary edition of the AURCO Journal, the annual journal of the Association of Universities and Regional Campuses of Ohio. 

According to the abstract, the purpose of this quantitative study was to provide empirical support for institutional decisions regarding the formulation, implementation and delivery mode of campus curricula at a Midwest branch campus. An ancillary goal of the study included the collection of student data on their preferred curricular delivery method—online or hybrid versus face-to-face—comparing general education courses and the students’ major program of study. 

A review of the literature revealed a conflicting body of quantitative and qualitative studies suggesting a plethora of characteristics that influence a student’s decision to enroll in an online course as well as the institution’s decision to fund development of online learning.  Adding to the institutional dilemma is how to accommodate individual faculty’s desire to deliver online or hybrid courses. In an era of shrinking financial support for public higher education and increased competition from for-profit institutions, the administrative and pedagogical implications of these institutional decisions are critical to both the immediate and long-term success of the campus. 

In this study, the author surveyed 280 higher education students enrolling at the branch campus of a Midwest university in the fall of 2012.  Descriptive statistics and t-tests were used to analyze the data.  The findings suggest student online and hybrid delivery preferences are different between general education and major program of study courses.  Additionally, the author found student online and hybrid delivery preferences differ by academic rank—contradicting previous findings found in the literature review.  The author concludes with a discussion of the study’s limitations, implications for practitioners, and suggestions for future research.

McKean, who joined the OU-C faculty in 2003, is associate professor and program coordinator of the Law Enforcement Technology program.

McKean has authored and collaborated with colleagues, including OU-C faculty members, on several presentations and articles for professional publications.

A former OU-C student, he earned an associate degree in Law Enforcement Technology and a bachelor’s degree, both from Ohio University as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in higher education from the Ohio State University.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! I've read some of this article and plan to finish reading it all soon. Great work! I thought you earned your doctorate from Ohio University? :-)