Education Doctorate

Year Approved


First Advisor

Hill, Jennifer


The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine which factors in the modified National Survey of Student Engagement benchmark variables, demographic variables, and experience variables relate to student engagement in online secondary education. The survey collected data from online secondary schools in Minnesota on benchmark variables, as well as demographic variables in grade level and employment, and experience variables of previous online education and length of time with the current online program. As a result of the study, it was found that NSSE benchmark variables had a measured positive relationship with student engagement. Demographic and experience variables had no statistically significant relationship to student engagement in an online secondary school. The results of the study provide information to drive curriculum-based decisions and policies in an online secondary educational environment to best engage and serve online learners.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation