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PEDAR: Executive Summary A Profile of Participation in Distance Education: 1999-2000
Student Participation in Distance Education
Participation of Undergraduates
Participation of Graduate and First-Professional Students
Distance Education Delivery
Satisfaction With Distance Education
Research Methodology
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Student Participation in Distance Education: Participation of Undergraduates

Among undergraduates, characteristics associated with family and work responsibilities (such as being independent, older, married, or having dependents) were associated with higher rates of participation in distance education. Gender was related to participation as well: females were more likely than males to participate (figure A). The participation rates of undergraduates attending public 2-year institutions and those seeking associate's degrees also tended to be higher than those of their counterparts in other types of institutions and degree programs.

In addition, participation in distance education varied by undergraduate field of study. Undergraduates majoring in education participated in distance education at a higher rate than did those majoring in most other fields of study.

Students who reported participating in distance education were asked if their entire program was taught through distance education. Among undergraduates who participated in distance education, those who had characteristics associated with higher overall rates of participation were also generally more likely than those who lacked these characteristics to report that their entire program was taught through distance education.

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