Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Jasmine R. Renner

Committee Members

Terrence A. Tollefson, Michael P. Marchioni, James H. Lampley


The purpose of this study was to determine the availability of internet access for students attending Walters State Community College during the spring semester 2010. In particular, it is unknown to what degree broadband internet access is available in the counties that Walters State considers the service area of the college.

The research was conducted during the spring semester 2010 including the months February, March, and April of 2010. Data were gathered by surveying currently enrolled students of the college. Twelve percent of the population responded to the study. The survey instrument covered the areas of demographics, Internet connection type from home, and usage of that Internet service for coursework.

The results of the data analysis gave insight into what degree students of WSCC had access to high-speed Internet from their homes. For example, over 20% of the respondents did not have an internet connection at all or only dial-up available at their home. Thirty percent were dissatisfied with their current high-speed Internet service. Approximately 64% thought high-speed Internet was very important in completing coursework. The study provided an increase in the body of knowledge on Internet access for Walters State students and increased the body of knowledge for Internet availability in the surrounding counties of Walters State.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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