Current Projects

CORAL is currently investigating the structure and dynamics of organizations supporting online learning in higher education. We are excited to announce that we received a seed grant from National Louis University to support this study and are currently recruiting participants!


Study Title: The Evolving Nature of Online Organizational Structures in Higher Education Institutions


Principal Investigators: Bettyjo Bouchey (NLU), Erin Gratz (NLU)
Other Researchers: 
Monica Simonsen (University of Kansas), Michael Reis (Virginia Commonwealth University),

Maricel Lawrence (University of Montana), and Shelley Kurland (County College of Morris)


This study seeks to investigate and determine a typology of the structures of online education units within higher education institutions in the United States to better identify and describe the landscape of online education.  Moreover, the study intends to make sense of the potential trend identified in the CHLOE 3 Report (2019) that indicates more institutions are now identifying with a more centralized online operation; as well as address the gaps in the literature around online organizational structure.  With the understanding that higher education institutions are complex organizations and centralization can take many forms across functional areas, this study seeks to create a typology that institutions can identify with, and then use to better understand strengths and challenges of the [their] current organizational structure through the findings of the study.  


The study consists of a series of semi-structured qualitative inquiry interviews that will be conducted to make sense of the answers provided in the CHLOE 3 survey.  Each interview will cover one of the four dimensions designed by the CORAL team as important student lifecycle functional areas within an institution.  In total, four interviews lasting approximately one hour each via a recorded and transcribed webconference session will be conducted.  Each participant will be compensated at the end of the interview cycle a total of $100 (once the fourth interview is complete).  Please contact either PI if you are interested in participating at bbouchey[at]nl[dot]edu or drefgratz[at]gmail[dot]com


This study has Institutional Review Board approval from National Louis University.   


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