Communications Project

Document Type:Dissertation
Name:Ernest Harriman Joy II
Title:Program For Afloat College Education In The Navy: Measuring Instructional Effectiveness In An Era Of Declining Resources
Degree:Doctor of Philosophy
Department:Teaching and Learning
Committee Chair: David M. Moore
Committee Members:John K. Burton
Kusum Singh
Catherine Cennamo
Glen A. Holmes
Keywords:US Navy, voluntary education, technology, instruction, afloat, college
Date of defense:January 29, 1998
Availability:Release the entire work immediately worldwide.



Under the Program For Afloat College Education (PACE), Sailors are able to take undergraduate and pre-college level courses aboard US Navy ships through computer-based instruction or under the instruction of a college professor. This post-hoc descriptive study was designed to determine those elements or factors which contribute most to successful outcomes for Sailors enrolled in college level PACE courses.

A combination of descriptive and inferential statistical analyses were performed on a representative sample consisting of 8,124 Sailors enrolled worldwide between July 1, 1995 and May 31, 1996. Dependent variables were end of course grade and PASS/FAIL outcomes. Factors analyzed for each participant included up to 18 variables consisting of a broad array of demographic, career, environmental, academic, and mental ability data.

Factors found to have a positive correlation with grade and satisfactory completion rate were age, mental ability, paygrade, years of service, and semester hours of college level courses passed in the previous four years. Formal education at the level of an associate's degree or higher was also positively associated with grade and completion rate. Married Sailors performed better than single, and Sailors who were taking a course for the first time scored higher than those who attempted a course the second time. There were differences by course grouping as well.

The greatest difference observed for any variable was delivery mode, a complex dichotomous variable consisting of technology or instructor delivery. On average, Sailors in instructor delivered courses exceeded those in technology delivered courses by one half a grade point regardless of type of ship in which the course was taught or course group such as business, math etc.

Recommendations for enhancing PACE effectiveness are provided in order to produce a more efficient and cost-effective voluntary college education program for the Navy.

List of Attached Files

masterETD.PDF appendix_A.pdf appendix_B.pdf
appendix_D.pdf appendix_E.pdf appendix_F.pdf
appendix_G.pdf appendix_H.pdf appendix_I.pdf
appendix_J.pdf appendix_L.pdf appendix_O.pdf
appendix_c.pdf appendix_k.pdf appendix_m.pdf
appendix_n.pdf appendix_p.pdf appendix_q.pdf
appendix_r.pdf appendix_s.pdf appendix_t.pdf
appendix_u.pdf appendix_v.pdf appendix_w.pdf
appendix_x.pdf chapter.pdf chapter_2.pdf
chapter_3.pdf references.pdf table_1.pdf
table_10.pdf table_11.pdf table_2.pdf
table_3.pdf table_4_5.pdf table_6.pdf
table_7.pdf table_8.pdf table_9.pdf

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