Journal of Business & Economic Policy

ISSN 2375-0766 (Print), 2375-0774 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jbep

African-American Undergraduate College Students’ Perceptions of Online Education Experiences
Bhagaban Panigrahi, Jim Chen, Anh Ngo

Online education has become a critical part of higher educational institutions today. The objective of this study was to explore African-American undergraduate students’ perceptions toward online education at a historically black university located in the Southeastern United States. A convenience sample of 175 African-American students participated in this study. Our findings indicated that overall, these African-American undergraduate college students had positive perceptions toward online education. Upperclassmen had more positive perceptions of online education compared to underclassmen, and respondents with prior experience with online education had more positive perceptions compared to those with no prior experience. Though their general perceptions did not differ, business majors and non-business majors had significantly different perceptions regarding the ease of communication and collaboration when using an online platform. The results of this study should be of interest to stakeholders including administrators, instructors and students who plan to adopt, teach and participate in online courses at HBCUs in the future.

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