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  • The purpose of this study was to assess the usage of distance education in undergraduate dietetics programs. Additionally, the possibility of obtaining an undergraduate degree in dietetics via distance education was examined. The population receiving the survey research was all directors (279) of Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) approved/accredited undergraduate programs listed in the 2001-2002 Directory of Dietetics Programs. This included the Didactic Programs in Dietetics and Coordinated Programs. A database of the 54% survey respondents was compiled and a numerical summary was done. Frequencies of the responses were determined. Cross-tabulations using chi-square tests were done with Minitab Statistical Software (version 13.1) to determine demographic influence as it related to key responses, p <.05. The findings of the survey were compared with demographic information to look for relationships between the characteristics of the higher education institutions and their likelihood of offering distance education. The dietetics program directors indicated that 32% (n=150) of undergraduate dietetics programs offer distance education courses in some format. Land grant universities were significantly more likely to offer dietetics distance education courses, but less likely to offer non-dietetics distance education courses. Institutions that accept transfer dietetics distance education courses from accredited institutions were more likely to offer dietetics distance education courses. Institutions that offer non-dietetics courses by distance education were more likely to offer dietetics courses by distance education. The most common distance education format utilized in dietetics was 100% Internet courses (48%). The majority of dietetics programs that offer distance education offer a basic or introductory nutrition course (31%). Perceived barriers to distance education in dietetics most frequently included faculty time constraints (34%), lack of resources (17%) and lack of student and faculty demand or interest (11%). Suggestions for encouraging the development of dietetics distance education courses included give faculty more preparation or release time, or hire more staff (32%), acquire adequate resources (17%) and faculty training (12%). From the data of courses offered or permitted to be transferred, it would not be possible for a student to complete a four-year undergraduate degree in dietetics solely via distance education methodologies.
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