Establishing an Equitable and Fair Admissions System for an Online Doctoral Program

Perkins, R., & Lowenthal, P. R. (2014). Establishing an equitable and fair admissions system for an online doctoral program. TechTrends, 58(4), 27-35.


The field of Educational Technology has seen marked growth from just a small number of distance-based doctoral programs to nearly 20 today. Creating and sustaining a quality doctoral program of any kind requires a substantial amount of work; the additional challenges of online programs both increases and changes the nature of the efforts required. Among these challenges is creating an admissions process that treats people fairly, does not create a burdensome system for applicants or those involved in the selection process, and ensures the selection of a solid foundation of high quality candidates with whom faculty can mentor, who add value to the program, and who can benefit from the program. This paper explores common admissions requirements among institutions offering a distance or hybrid doctorate in Educational Technology and examines the specific admissions system used by the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University.

Keywords: doctoral studies, online learning, admissions, educational technology