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Revising The Iowa Accreditation Process For Community Colleges: A Case Study , Jan Erickson Snyder Jan 2006

Revising The Iowa Accreditation Process For Community Colleges: A Case Study , Jan Erickson Snyder

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Iowa is one of the few states in the nation that is required by law to have a formalized process that accredits its community colleges. In February of 2005, the Iowa Department of Education's (DE) Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation began a comprehensive review of the state accreditation process for Iowa's community colleges. This review was prompted by major changes in the criteria and processes of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC) which was effective in January of 2005;The purpose of this case study was to collect, document, and ...


The Evolution Of A Woman College President: Theodora J Kalikow , Leah Ewing Ross Jan 2006

The Evolution Of A Woman College President: Theodora J Kalikow , Leah Ewing Ross

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In order to combat the dearth of women at the helm of American colleges and universities, the experiences of the women who serve as college presidents need to be explored to inform the literature about women leaders. Despite the fact that there are numerous well known women college presidents who serve as role models for aspiring leaders and from whose stories we can learn, the number of women college presidents in the United States is still very low. Furthermore, the women whose stories are known lead or have led well-known institutions that are frequently in the spotlight;The purpose of ...


Leadership Experiences Of African American Women Who Are Mid-Level Student Affairs Administrators , Hannah Louise Clayborne Jan 2006

Leadership Experiences Of African American Women Who Are Mid-Level Student Affairs Administrators , Hannah Louise Clayborne

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

For too long the universal leadership map for those interested in learning about leadership has drawn from the leadership values and beliefs of individuals whose life experiences do not fully represent the demographical changes that have occurred within the larger community (Parker, 2005). Consequently, African American women with intentions of using extant literature on leadership as a means or directional tool to gaining higher levels of personal and professional understanding of their own leadership approaches, inevitably confront a discourse shaped by the perceptions and experiences of White men and White women (Parker, 2005). To this end, exploration of leadership issues ...


Roles And Influence Of The Governor's Office In State Policy-Making For Higher Education: A Two-State Case Study , Gregory Scott Nichols Jan 2005

Roles And Influence Of The Governor's Office In State Policy-Making For Higher Education: A Two-State Case Study , Gregory Scott Nichols

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study focused on participant perceptions of roles and perceived influence of state Governors and their staffs in higher education policy-making. Reported increased activity by Governors and their staffs in education policy-making, coupled with increasing public demands and limited or reduced state resources for higher education lend relevance to this topic. Literature also suggests that higher education leaders and state officials may have differing views of their roles in state policy-making processes;The study was designed to capture participant perceptions as to processes, and roles and influence therein, not specific policy outcomes. Given the interpersonal and dynamic nature of the ...


New Paradigms Of Faculty Development: Towards A Learning-Centered Design , Carol Louise Fulton Jan 2005

New Paradigms Of Faculty Development: Towards A Learning-Centered Design , Carol Louise Fulton

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Faculty developers are being asked to help faculty shift to learning-centered approaches. Project LEA/RN (Learning Enhancement Action Resource Network) is one approach to this challenge. Project LEA/RN's theoretical framework and core structures derive from adult education and staff development literature. At the heart of Project LEA/RN is the aim to immerse faculty in educational environments to build strong, ongoing support groups among faculty to sustain long lasting change. Following a brief review of the literature, this dissertation contains four articles related to Project LEA/RN. The first article describes the model and theoretical framework. The second ...


Examining The Relationship Between Supplemental Instruction (Si) And Student Retention At A Doctoral Extensive Institution , Kari A. Hensen Jan 2005

Examining The Relationship Between Supplemental Instruction (Si) And Student Retention At A Doctoral Extensive Institution , Kari A. Hensen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study tracked 3,286 students over a five-year period who were enrolled in entry-level biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses offering SI in the fall 1999 to see if they were retained or graduated at a Midwestern doctoral extensive institution and identified which predictor variables (demographic, achievement, and level of SI participation) most significantly predicted student retention or graduation. Chi-square analysis, based on two-way contingency tables indicated that SI participants are retained at higher rates than non-SI participants while having lower mean ACT composite scores and fewer semesters of high school preparation in calculus, chemistry, and physics. Backward stepwise ...


Degree Attainment Of Low-Socioeconomic Status Students: Structural Equation Modeling Test Of An Elaborated Theory Of Socialization , Kevin Patrick Saunders Jan 2004

Degree Attainment Of Low-Socioeconomic Status Students: Structural Equation Modeling Test Of An Elaborated Theory Of Socialization , Kevin Patrick Saunders

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this inquiry was to develop an understanding of how socialization, economic, and interactionalist factors affect baccalaureate degree attainment of low-socioeconomic status (SES) students. The data were drawn from the 1996 Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) Longitudinal Study, which is sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics, and represented students who began postsecondary studies during the 1995--96 academic year at any postsecondary institution. A subset of low-SES students (n = 437) was selected from the 8,934 respondents to the three rounds of the longitudinal study. The low-SES students were selected based upon their classification as moderately or ...


Mid-Career Faculty Involvement In Learning Communities: An Exploration Of Outcomes And Vitality , Shari L. Ellertson Jan 2004

Mid-Career Faculty Involvement In Learning Communities: An Exploration Of Outcomes And Vitality , Shari L. Ellertson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In the last decade, research universities have been called upon to reform undergraduate education (Boyer Commission, 1998). Faculty members are key participants in undergraduate education improvement efforts, such as learning communities. Although it has been suggested that learning communities have far-reaching potential for influencing faculty renewal and development, relatively little is known about their impact on participating faculty. This study examined mid-career faculty members' involvement in learning communities to discover outcomes of their participation and to explore the degree to which the construct of vitality can appropriately describe and illuminate their experiences in learning communities. The theoretical framework and methodology ...


Variables Influencing The Use Of Institutional Outcomes Assessment Results In Institutional Decision-Making: An Attitudinal Survey Of Chief Academic Officers From Public Two-Year Institutions In The North Central Region , Janet Lynn Woldt Jan 2004

Variables Influencing The Use Of Institutional Outcomes Assessment Results In Institutional Decision-Making: An Attitudinal Survey Of Chief Academic Officers From Public Two-Year Institutions In The North Central Region , Janet Lynn Woldt

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Successfully completing the assessment process and using the resulting findings to inform institutional decision-making processes is one of the most difficult, least understood, and least researched phases of the assessment process. Difficult though it may be, closing the loop, as it is commonly called, is necessary for improvement to occur. Accreditation agencies recognize the importance of closing the loop and now mandate that institutions document how the results of the assessment process are being used for institutional improvement. This exploratory study sought to identify which areas of institutional decision-making the results of the assessment process are being used in the ...


Residential Learning Community Peer Mentors: A Qualitative Study Of Role Construction/Enactment And Learning Outcomes , Maryanne Benjamin Jan 2004

Residential Learning Community Peer Mentors: A Qualitative Study Of Role Construction/Enactment And Learning Outcomes , Maryanne Benjamin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study explored residential learning community peer mentor role construction/enactment and the learning outcomes that resulted from their participation in this role. Nineteen residential learning community peer mentors participated in focus groups and discussed their experiences as peer mentors. Three categories of mentors were explored: solo mentors (mentors in programs with only one live-in mentor), paired mentors (mentors in programs with two live-in mentors, typically living on different floors), and grouped mentors (mentors in programs with three or more live-in mentors, living on different floors). Using social learning theory (Bandura, 1977) and student involvement theory (Astin, 1984) as theoretical ...


Student Perspectives Of Service-Learning At A Private Liberal Arts College , Maribeth Iona Wright Jan 2003

Student Perspectives Of Service-Learning At A Private Liberal Arts College , Maribeth Iona Wright

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Service-learning provides a tool for higher education institutions to focus on student learning and development, while contributing to the needs of communities and society. The purpose of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning students made of their service-learning experiences and how these experiences contributed to student learning and self-awareness. This understanding clarified connections students made between academic achievement, self-awareness, life experiences, and service-learning.;This study was conducted at Central College, a four-year, liberal arts college, in Pella, Iowa. The participants were enrolled in a psychology course where service-learning was integrated into course requirements. The data ...


Intercollegiate Athletics' Senior Woman Administrator: A Qualitative Assessment Of Her Quest For Effectiveness And Empowerment , Stephanie Lynn Dohrn Jan 2003

Intercollegiate Athletics' Senior Woman Administrator: A Qualitative Assessment Of Her Quest For Effectiveness And Empowerment , Stephanie Lynn Dohrn

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the study is to determine what experiences and initiatives senior woman administrators need in order to have effective voice and power within their respective athletic departments. The results of this study led to the following conclusions.;The SWA definition is broad and unclear; it should be revamped to include a standard level of authority, access, and flexibility to perform her role effectively and to contribute to the organizational, foundational, and philosophical standards of the department. SWAs are prone to limited access and the pigeonholing which limits their ability as an advocate and as a valued member of ...


The Impact Of Learning Community Enrollment On First-Generation Students' First-Year Academic Achievement And Retention Rates , Kurt Martenae Earnest Jan 2002

The Impact Of Learning Community Enrollment On First-Generation Students' First-Year Academic Achievement And Retention Rates , Kurt Martenae Earnest

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study assessed the extent to which enrollment in learning communities predicted the first-year GPAs and retention rates of first-generation students enrolled at Iowa State University. First-year first- and second-generation students who lived in the residence halls during the first-semester of enrollment were divided into two cohorts based on year of enrollment (1999 n = 370 and 2000 n = 347). Using the statistical methods of analysis of variance and logistic regression, models were tested to determine the impact of learning community enrollment on first-year GPA. Analysis revealed that learning community enrollment had little ability to predict the academic achievement or the ...


Arrested Emotional Development: Male College Students' Experiences With A Campus Judicial Process , Randall Blaine Ludeman Jan 2002

Arrested Emotional Development: Male College Students' Experiences With A Campus Judicial Process , Randall Blaine Ludeman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Men are often criticized for not knowing or expressing their feelings. Consequences of this lack of emotional awareness and expression for men include loneliness, isolation, alienation, physical illness, aggression and violence. Having an awareness of and the ability to express and manage emotions has been purported to be a foundational developmental tasks for young adult males.;This inquiry focused on men's emotional experience as a part of a campus judicial process. The conceptual framework guiding this qualitative inquiry included critical postmodernism and feminist theory, which were weaved into a praxis-oriented methodology that included a dialectical process of emancipatory theory ...


Relationships Among Learning Community Participation, Student Self-Efficacy, Confidence, Outcome Expectations, And Commitment , Karen Ann Zunkel Jan 2002

Relationships Among Learning Community Participation, Student Self-Efficacy, Confidence, Outcome Expectations, And Commitment , Karen Ann Zunkel

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study brings together research on learning communities and student self-efficacy, confidence, outcome expectations, and commitment. Participation in learning communities has been proven to increase retention rates and success. Similarly, high levels of self-efficacy, confidence, and outcome expectations are correlated with increased retention rates and success. 356 students enrolled in the undeclared engineering orientation course were surveyed at the beginning of fall semester. Of these students, 130 completed a follow-up survey at the end of spring semester. About half of the students completing the initial survey were enrolled in a course-clustered Undeclared Engineering Learning Community, which was comprised of an ...


Ferpa: An Investigation Of Faculty Knowledge Levels And Organization Practices At Three Land-Grant Universities, Ann Maycunich Jan 2002

Ferpa: An Investigation Of Faculty Knowledge Levels And Organization Practices At Three Land-Grant Universities, Ann Maycunich

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine faculty member understanding of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment, protects students' rights to privacy. Data was collected from a random sample of 390 faculty members at three land-grant universities. Frequencies, percentages, and Chi-square were used to measure perceptions of faculty member knowledge levels of the law, the providers of FERPA information and means by which this information was communicated, and respondent opinions regarding who should provide them with FERPA information and how. Major findings of the study were: 1. Nearly half of responding ...


Work-Related Stress Factors Affecting The Community College Dean , Linda L. Wild Jan 2002

Work-Related Stress Factors Affecting The Community College Dean , Linda L. Wild

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Community college deans support and guide the educational efforts of the community college. This middle manager, charged with productive interaction among students, faculty, and administration, is faced regularly with complex decisions. Furthermore, the dean is challenged today with reduced resources, expanded demands from students, and increased accountability from governing bodies and constituencies. Community college deans are under great stress as they strive to meet the mission of the community college and guide the institution into the future.;Due to the complexity and multiple pressures of the position, it is important to identify the causes of stress for the deans. If ...


College Student Perceptions Of Leadership: Empowering And Constraining Beliefs, Johnathan Ernest Shertzer Jan 2001

College Student Perceptions Of Leadership: Empowering And Constraining Beliefs, Johnathan Ernest Shertzer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This thesis report presents results of a qualitative study conducted at Iowa State University. The purposes of the study were to investigate college student perceptions of leadership, and to identify beliefs that empower some students to be involved in leadership opportunities as well as beliefs that constrain some students from being engaged in leadership. A review of the literature was conducted concerning paradigms of leadership, how students perceive leadership, and what attempts are made to develop leadership. Twenty-four student leaders (students holding leadership positions in student organizations) were interviewed through focus groups, and five disengaged students (students who did not ...


Student Support Services: The Impact The Frequency Of Services Has On The Retention And Graduation Rates Of White And Students Of Color , Carol Ann Mahan Jan 2001

Student Support Services: The Impact The Frequency Of Services Has On The Retention And Graduation Rates Of White And Students Of Color , Carol Ann Mahan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to research the background of the Student Support Services Program and its capability as a retention program at a predominantly White institution. The Student Support Services Program was originally funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students. This name was changed to the current Student Support Services Program in 1972, when the original programs were transferred from the Office of Economic Opportunity to the Office of Higher Education Programs.;Very few research studies have been conducted to ascertain why and how Student Support Services work to ...


The Outstanding Community College President: A Case Study Of Four Presidents , Stanley Olin Vittetoe Jan 2001

The Outstanding Community College President: A Case Study Of Four Presidents , Stanley Olin Vittetoe

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to discover how outstanding community college presidents conceptualize their leadership practices and behaviors and what experiences they believe have prepared them for the presidency. It also sought to learn how their strategic constituencies evaluated the presidents. Purposeful sampling was used to select four community college presidents from a group of presidents identified as outstanding using a peer nomination process in a previous study by C. H. McFarlin (1997).;Personal interviews were conducted with each president and representatives of their critical constituencies: faculty, administrators, and the governing board. In addition, at each institution, the ...


A Technique Designed To Enhance First-Year At-Risk Students' Intrinsic Motivation: Its Effect On Quality Of Effort Relative To The Academic Experience , Wanda Earnestine Woods Everage Jan 1999

A Technique Designed To Enhance First-Year At-Risk Students' Intrinsic Motivation: Its Effect On Quality Of Effort Relative To The Academic Experience , Wanda Earnestine Woods Everage

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Student involvement theory provides the framework for examining the effectiveness of the technique Dare to Dream on improving first-year at-risk students' quality of effort relative to their coursework and other academic activities. The researcher of this study developed the technique Dare to Dream with the goal to enhance students' intrinsic motivation by helping them construct connections between the current academic experience and their future career aspirations, thereby increasing their involvement and thus improving their quality of effort. From 1994 to 1998 the researcher, in the role of educator during that time, administered Dare to Dream to over 300 students in ...


A Qualitative Study Of Selected Educational Issues In Nine Hospital-Related Colleges In The United States , Deanne Marie Remer Jan 1998

A Qualitative Study Of Selected Educational Issues In Nine Hospital-Related Colleges In The United States , Deanne Marie Remer

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate the role of hospital-related allied health colleges in higher education; how changes in the nation's health care system have impacted these colleges; and the leadership characteristics of allied health college presidents. Based on the propositions that health care education and the preparation of a health care workforce are integral parts of our society's health care system, theories of environmental change and organizational development are presented as a theoretical foundation for this study. Four research questions were identified as the focus of exploration for this research study: (1) What impact ...


Cultural Synergy: An Analysis Of The Impact Of Gender And Race On The Perceptions Of Administrators And Faculty On Understanding And Managing Diversity In Higher Education , R. Mary Thomas-Gallet Jan 1998

Cultural Synergy: An Analysis Of The Impact Of Gender And Race On The Perceptions Of Administrators And Faculty On Understanding And Managing Diversity In Higher Education , R. Mary Thomas-Gallet

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine whether faculty and administrators had different perceptions on the impact of cultural synergy as an approach to understand and manage cultural diversity in higher education. These perceptions were examined to identify whether there was an impact by the respondents' race and gender. The challenges facing higher education in dealing with diversity issues on campus and in the curriculum were discussed in this study and issues such as racism, affirmative action, and employee demographics were reviewed. The cultural synergy approach was examined by looking at various models;The population surveyed included all faculty ...


Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents In The United States , Barbara Jo Crittenden Jan 1997

Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents In The United States , Barbara Jo Crittenden

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Given the important role of community colleges and the critical role the presidents of these institutions play, it is important that research is conducted that will help clarify what makes some community college presidents effective while others are not, what preparatory factors contribute to development of outstanding leaders, and how leadership can be strengthened through improved preparation of leaders. This study explored nine preparation factors which may contribute to development of outstanding community college leadership skills. Respondents were also divided into five geographic regions and compared to determine if differences existed by location;A survey instrument designed to collect demographic ...


Study Of The Comparative Perceptions Of The Communication Of Vision By Iowa Community College Presidents , Winston Black Jr. Jan 1997

Study Of The Comparative Perceptions Of The Communication Of Vision By Iowa Community College Presidents , Winston Black Jr.

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to examine the perceptions of the communication of vision by Iowa community college presidents. The perceptions of two groups with whom community college presidents interact on a regular basis, members of the boards of directors and leadership team members, are investigated and compared with the perceptions of the communication of vision the presidents have of themselves. The entire populations of these three groups, 242 individuals, were invited to participate in the study with a return rate of 73%;The approach taken in this study begins with an historical look at leadership and the significance of vision ...


Is Iowa State University's Office Of International Students And Scholar's Foreign Scholar Orientation Program Satisfying The Needs Of Their Foreign Scholars?, Nancy Louise Walker Jan 1996

Is Iowa State University's Office Of International Students And Scholar's Foreign Scholar Orientation Program Satisfying The Needs Of Their Foreign Scholars?, Nancy Louise Walker

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Recommendations For The Academic Preparation Of Professional Academic Advisors, Jennifer L. Stacy Jan 1996

Recommendations For The Academic Preparation Of Professional Academic Advisors, Jennifer L. Stacy

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Differences Between White And Minority Students On Factors Related To Persistence: A Pilot Study , Troy Lawin Franklin Jan 1995

Differences Between White And Minority Students On Factors Related To Persistence: A Pilot Study , Troy Lawin Franklin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine differences between White and Minority students on factors related to persistence. Persistence is defined as a student who completes a baccalaureate degree within four years or who is still enrolled four years after entering college (Astin, 1977). A total of 848 students were identified for the pilot study. The subjects were both White and Minority undergraduate students (African American, Asian, and Hispanic) enrolled in the College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Spring of 1994 at Iowa State University. Only a total of 115 surveys were ...


Athletic Directors, Faculty Athletic Representatives, And Women's Basketball Coaches Perceptions Of Title Ix Compliance At Ncaa Division Iii Institutions , Kevin L. Sanger Jan 1995

Athletic Directors, Faculty Athletic Representatives, And Women's Basketball Coaches Perceptions Of Title Ix Compliance At Ncaa Division Iii Institutions , Kevin L. Sanger

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Intercollegiate athletic programs are provided for student athletes to supplement their education. These extracurricular opportunities are thought to be very important in developing a well-rounded individual. Athletics expose student athletes to competition, team work, goal setting, and other experiences that contribute to being successful in later life (NCAA, 1992). Logically, it seems apparent that these opportunities should be provided equally to men and women participating in intercollegiate athletics since the resulting benefits of athletic participation should be gender neutral. Despite the obvious need for equality, a great disparity still exists in intercollegiate athletics in regard to opportunities provided for men ...


Impact Of The Americans With Disabilities Act Of 1990: Perceptions Of Selected Individuals At Two Major Urban Universities , Maurice Luke Williams Jan 1995

Impact Of The Americans With Disabilities Act Of 1990: Perceptions Of Selected Individuals At Two Major Urban Universities , Maurice Luke Williams

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine how physically disabled students perceive the nature and extent of changes made at the University of Maryland and George Washington University campuses to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A study of this nature, focusing on students with physical disabilities, is a new one. Therefore, the purpose of this study is important as a pilot study for future research;Telephone interviews were conducted individually with five disabled students form the University of Maryland and with seven disabled students from George Washington University. Because of each student's disability and ...