Terrie Nagel

Persistence and steady progress are the keys to success in self-paced learning, according to a recent study by Mizzou Online Assistant Director for Research Terrie Nagel.

The study, titled “Academic achievement and persistence in online self-paced courses,” has earned Nagel the Winemiller Excellence Award.

The Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri presents the award annually to MU students, faculty and staff who demonstrate outstanding data-based quantitative reasoning.

Original studies like Nagel’s represent one more way Mizzou Online helps distance learners succeed.

For her research, Nagel analyzed 11,829 records of students who took self-paced online courses at MU during the 2014–15 academic year.

Nagel ran dozens of multilevel models to understand how students’ gender, academic level, enrollment time and completion time related to their academic achievement and persistence.

“All of us at Mizzou Online are proud of Terrie’s well-deserved award,” said Mizzou Online Director Kim Siegenthaler. “The entire staff here is committed to the success of Mizzou’s distance students.”