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An Evaluation of the University of Oklahoma Advanced Programs: Final Report

Centra, John A.; Barrows, Thomas S.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Masters Degrees, Off-Campus Instruction, Higher Education


The Advanced Program of the University of Oklahoma consists of nine master's degree programs that offer graduate students an alternative to the traditional 15-week semester. Students receive approximately 30 hours of classroom instruction concentrated during one week or two extended weekends. In addition, instruction is generally given at a variety of off-campus locations. Those modifications in time and geography provide adult students, including many government and military personnel, an educational opportunity not otherwise feasible through the campus-based semester course format. A course outline along with books and materials are sent to students weeks before the first class session. Courses are frequently taught by many of the same faculty members that teach the on-campus courses. The Advanced Programs of the University of Oklahoma have followed this alternative model for graduate education for the past 16 years. The effectiveness of this model is an important issue raised recently by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Following is the final report of an evaluation of the Advanced Programs conducted by staff of the Educational Testing Service.

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