School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
distance learning, doctoral degrees, online education
Education | Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | Online and Distance Education
Tharpe, Ashley, "University Administrators' Perception of Online and Blended Doctorate Degrees" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 921.
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine the perceptions of university administrators regarding prospective faculty candidates with online or blended doctoral degrees from accredited institutions located in Central Virginia. Administrators were interviewed to gauge their perceptions and completed a survey adapted from DePriest (2009) who adapted it from Levernier (2005). Data were collected through questionnaires, documents, and individual interviews. Data were analyzed using Creswell's (2007) data analysis spiral. Analyses were conducted using transcription, thematic coding, textural and structural descriptions, and a description of the essence of the experiences. The results indicated that administrators had a positive perception of online and blended education with a preference for faculty candidates with a blended doctoral degree.