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American Journal of Educational Research. 2020, 8(1), 35-45
DOI: 10.12691/education-8-1-6
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Capturing the National Landscape of University Departments Housing MLS Programs and Analysis of Student Outcomes across Three Novel Models

Virginia C. Hughes1,

1Medical and Molecular Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, USA

Pub. Date: January 15, 2020

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Virginia C. Hughes. Capturing the National Landscape of University Departments Housing MLS Programs and Analysis of Student Outcomes across Three Novel Models. American Journal of Educational Research. 2020; 8(1):35-45. doi: 10.12691/education-8-1-6

Abstract

University-based MLS programs accredited by NAACLS were categorized into three novel department models (Singular, Horizontal, and Vertical). Average 3-yr ASCP BOC pass rates and graduation rates were accessed from the MLS program website. Analysis of variance statistics was performed on BOC pass rates and graduation rates across the three department models. In addition, a Pearson correlation coefficient was derived assessing the association between the number of programs offered in Vertical departments and BOC pass rates and graduation rates. There was not a statistically significance difference found among department models with regard to BOC pass rates or graduation rates. The Pearson correlation coefficient demonstrated a positive correlation (r=.04, P>.05)) when assessing the association between number of programs in the Vertical model and average three-year graduation rates. However, the Pearson correlation coefficient yielded a negative correlation with respect to the number of programs offered in the Vertical model and average three-year BOC pass rates (r=-.26, P<.05). This statistically significant negative correlation indicates lower BOC pass rates with increasing numbers of programs. As the trend toward Vertical departments increase college administrators will need to continually assess resources allocated to programs in departments while employing strategies that yield favorable student outcomes.

Keywords:
analysis of variance correlation coefficient student outcomes

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