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Junior Faculty Advising For Effective Student Growth And Academic Success: A Qualitative Study, Noreen Powers, Russell Wartalski Feb 2021

Junior Faculty Advising For Effective Student Growth And Academic Success: A Qualitative Study, Noreen Powers, Russell Wartalski

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

Supporting the academic advising needs of adult learners is paramount for colleges and universities. Research suggests that the faculty advisor's role is pivotal in students' academic progress. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, faculty advisors are tasked with supporting adult learners in achieving their professional goals and providing resources to ensure their academic success. Specifically, they help students navigate curriculum requirements and provide support both inside and outside the classroom. The tasks and responsibilities associated with faculty advising can vary based on the institution type and program needs. However, junior faculty who take on advising responsibilities at regional ...


Book Review: Cracks In The Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess Of Higher Education, Bruce Henderson Feb 2021

Book Review: Cracks In The Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess Of Higher Education, Bruce Henderson

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

Review of Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness, Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education.


Preface To The Special Issue: Student Affairs At The State Comprehensive University, Phillip A. Olt Jan 2021

Preface To The Special Issue: Student Affairs At The State Comprehensive University, Phillip A. Olt

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

In this special issue of Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University, authors are encouraged to submit original manuscripts based on new data collection and/or analysis that investigate student affairs within the context of the state comprehensive university. For the purposes of this special issue, “student affairs” is defined broadly and does not exclude specific divisions of practice (ex. academic advising); rather, it may include anything that extends beyond the standard curriculum of academia in order to develop the whole student. This may even include coursework wherein it is oriented toward the student affairs mission (ex. freshman orientation ...


International Students’ Transition To A Rural State Comprehensive University, Phillip A. Olt, Bingbing Tao Feb 2020

International Students’ Transition To A Rural State Comprehensive University, Phillip A. Olt, Bingbing Tao

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

International students face challenges as they transition to higher education in the United States. In this article, we explore that transition process when it intersects with an institution in a rural setting. We used Schlossberg’s transition theory—with a particular emphasis on the 4Ss of situation, self, support, and strategies—as the theoretical framework for this case study, and we found that the situation for international students in this transition was fraught with concurrent stressors of isolation, food, and safety. While their sense of self included a strong desire to experience United States culture and language, they struggled apart ...


Book Review: How Humans Learn, Daniel Kulmala Feb 2020

Book Review: How Humans Learn, Daniel Kulmala

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

Review of Joshua Eyler, How Humans Learn (2018)


The Implicit Costs Of Regulatory Compliance In Higher Education: A Case Study, Phillip A. Olt Jan 2020

The Implicit Costs Of Regulatory Compliance In Higher Education: A Case Study, Phillip A. Olt

Advanced Education Programs Faculty Publications

It has been proposed that higher education is the most highly regulated sector in America (Lee, 2010). Broadly speaking, institutions are regulated by government at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as other implied sources. While sharing commonalities with other sectors, higher education institutions are differentiated by their educational mission.


Career Education Discourse: Promoting Student Employability In A University Career Center, Rose Helens-Hart Feb 2019

Career Education Discourse: Promoting Student Employability In A University Career Center, Rose Helens-Hart

Applied Business Faculty Publications

In 2016, Gallup reported 80 percent of recent U.S. college graduates who had visited career services offices (CSO) rated their engagement to be somewhat to very helpful. Quantitative reports such as this provide student views of CSOs, but neither address CSO staff’s perceptions of the value of their work nor the tools they use to assist students. Staff perceptions provide insight into how they communicate with students and align with emerging career education paradigms. Through in-depth interviews and participant observations, this study illuminates the communicative strategies used by CSO staff at a large U.S. Midwestern public university ...


Teaching College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asd), Jacqueline Lubin Jan 2019

Teaching College Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asd), Jacqueline Lubin

2019 SACAD Winners

According to Wei, Wagner, Hudson, Yu & Javitz(2016), approximately 33% of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the K-12 setting pursue higher education. As more children are being identified in schools, more are transitioning into postsecondary settings (Gelbar, Smith, & Reichow, 2014). While college personnel working in counseling, disability, and guidance offices may have some familiarity with working with students with ASD, many faculty do not. This increase in the number of students with ASD present on college campuses makes it pivotal that professors understand the population with whom they are working (Barnhill, 2016). This literature review aims to ...


Parent Partnerships: Promoting Student Growth Of Exceptional Students, Dayne Fletke, Todd Millemon, Tiffany Tipton, Sherly Wiele, Jerri Brooks Jan 2019

Parent Partnerships: Promoting Student Growth Of Exceptional Students, Dayne Fletke, Todd Millemon, Tiffany Tipton, Sherly Wiele, Jerri Brooks

2019 SACAD Winners

Meaningful parent partnerships are key in the educational process (Lueder, 1998/2000), especially for students with high incidence disabilities, as these students often “slip through the cracks.” Academic success and quality of learning improve for students of all ages and abilities when the family and school join forces (National Education Association Policy and Practice Department, 2008). This study analyzed parent partnerships in various school settings. Data was used to develop a meaningful parent partnership model to promote student growth, both academically and socially. Data collected allowed us to learn how individuals in varying roles within the educational system and parents ...


Effects Of Audiobooks And Group Discussion In Inclusive Special Education, Tiffany Tipton, Brooke Moore Jan 2019

Effects Of Audiobooks And Group Discussion In Inclusive Special Education, Tiffany Tipton, Brooke Moore

2019 SACAD Winners

Research has shown us that reading while listening has potential benefits. With the popularity of audiobooks growing along with technology advances, it is much easier to implement audiobooks in the classroom than in past years. There have also been indications of positive effects from social interactions on student reading skills and habits, such as those occurring during group discussions and literature circles. This action research study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of using both of these techniques in conjunction with one another to improve reading comprehension among a small group of students identified as struggling readers receiving special education support ...


Action Research Project, Michala Bieker Jan 2019

Action Research Project, Michala Bieker

2019 Lynn Haggard Undergraduate Library Research Award

“Nearly one in five children come from a home where English is not the native language and more than one in four children are Hispanic where Spanish is the primary language spoken” (Correa, Mackiewicz, & Miller, 2017, p. 209). Classrooms are more diverse now than they ever have been before. Even though this diversity greatly enriches the culture of a classroom, many teachers are not equipped with the teaching techniques to engage children who have traveled from other countries to the United States. The world of English Language Learners (ELL) and the programs that exist to help these children acclimate to ...


The Effects Of Art Integration On Math Achievement Of 6th Grade Male Students, Greta Mountain Jan 2019

The Effects Of Art Integration On Math Achievement Of 6th Grade Male Students, Greta Mountain

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

The United States educational system continues to cut back on art programing; however, international statistics report countries with a stronger art presence continuously perform at higher academic levels. Art integration provides multiple pathways through curriculums and enables engaging learning environment. Art integration refers to three forms of art collaboration: learning in core subjects with and through the arts, creating interdisciplinary connections throughout curriculums and collaboration engagement. When all three of these forms are combined, casual relationships with increased student achievement and higher levels of engagement are formed. This study examined the effects of art integration on math achievement on male ...


Getting Into Character: A Qualitative Study On Readers’ Theater And Fluency, Natalie Frericks Jan 2019

Getting Into Character: A Qualitative Study On Readers’ Theater And Fluency, Natalie Frericks

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

The need for fluent readers is clear in schools today as many readers are lacking reading fluency. This qualitative study examined the influence Readers’ Theater, a reading strategy, has on reading fluency. The following questions were addressed: 1) How does Reader's Theater influence reading fluency? 2) How did students’ selfassessment influence reading fluency? 3) How did teacher assessment influence reading fluency? The participants included four third-grade students from an elementary school in the Midwest. The findings suggested that Readers’ Theater positively influenced student’s reading fluency. Students’ self-assessment was helpful in getting students to become more aware of their ...


Small Group Skills Based Instruction And Reading Fluency: A Fourth Grade Classroom Study, Stephanie Felts Jan 2019

Small Group Skills Based Instruction And Reading Fluency: A Fourth Grade Classroom Study, Stephanie Felts

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

Reading fluency instruction takes place in schools across the nation. Fluency assesses how many correct words a student can read per minute, while also using speed, accuracy, and expression. Many schools across the nation report low reading fluency scores. Students who struggle with reading fluency can lead to essential problems as a child grows causing behavior and social issues, along with unemployment. Students may lack confidence or improvement when they are reading stories out of their level because of poor instruction. Reading fluency issues increase from inconsistent practice, inappropriate reading passages for their levels, and lack of differentiated instruction. Educators ...


Journal Of Applied And Educational Research - Front Matter And Table Of Contents, Dharma Jairam Editor-In-Chief Jan 2019

Journal Of Applied And Educational Research - Front Matter And Table Of Contents, Dharma Jairam Editor-In-Chief

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

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The Effects Of Ability Grouping On Kindergarten Students’ Readingachievement, Katie Nauman Jan 2019

The Effects Of Ability Grouping On Kindergarten Students’ Readingachievement, Katie Nauman

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

The number of elementary students in the United States reading at a proficient level is significantly low. Elementary schools in the United States need to increase the number of students reading at the proficient level in order to move towards success in other subject areas, raise graduation rates, increase economic opportunities, and boost the likelihood of favorable long term health. Foundational reading skills, beginning in kindergarten, are an early predictor of future reading proficiency. Homogeneous ability grouping is one instructional strategy that can help students master foundational reading skills. Ability grouping is an educational practice that can be used with ...


Thematic Analysis Of Social Issues In Ten Young Adult Novels, Brittany Sale Jan 2019

Thematic Analysis Of Social Issues In Ten Young Adult Novels, Brittany Sale

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

The purpose of this study was to complete a thematic analysis on ten randomly selected young adult novels published in the year 2018. Novels were selected based on the criteria of (1) being published in the year 2018, (2) age-appropriate for middle and high school students, (3) written in English and (4) not being a part of a series. The novels were published in the United States or Canada. The thematic analysis was conducted to determine recurring social issues presented in the novels that are affecting young adults. The novels examined in this study are: What If It’s Us ...


The Effects Of Individualized Literacy Interventions On Eighth-Grade Students’ Perceived Self-Efficacy In Content Reading And Reading Achievement, Sara Kellogg Jan 2019

The Effects Of Individualized Literacy Interventions On Eighth-Grade Students’ Perceived Self-Efficacy In Content Reading And Reading Achievement, Sara Kellogg

Journal of Applied and Educational Research

Many middle school students struggle to reach proficiency in reading. The implications of their struggle for success in high school and beyond are far-reaching. Literacy interventions at the middle school level are vital to addressing skill deficiencies and related challenges facing adolescents in the United States. Using individualized literacy interventions featuring fluency, guided reading, word study, and academic vocabulary this study examined grade equivalencies of 41 eighth-grade students over a four-month period. Twenty of the 41 students were randomly selected and randomly assigned to one of two groups: (a) weekly one-to-one self-efficacy debriefing sessions (experimental, n=9) and (b) no ...


Non-Traditional Students At Public Regional Universities: A Case Study, Lizabeth Zack Oct 2018

Non-Traditional Students At Public Regional Universities: A Case Study, Lizabeth Zack

Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University

This paper investigates the topic of non-traditional students enrolled at four-year public regional universities and addresses questions about who they are, what makes them non-traditional and how they experience college life. The analysis is based on survey data collected from 187 undergraduates at one regional public college in the southeastern United States. The study found a higher portion of non-traditional students than expected and that the non-traditional students tended to break down into two types, a younger worker-student and an older adult student, rather than conforming to a single profile. While the findings highlight other similarities with the broader population ...


Teacher Perceptions Of A Culture Of Thinking, Gary G. Andersen Sep 2018

Teacher Perceptions Of A Culture Of Thinking, Gary G. Andersen

Advanced Education Programs Faculty Publications

Building classroom and school cultures of thinking is one of the fundamental and critical purposes of education. This study is an exploratory effort to obtain a clearer picture of teachers’ perceptions about eight components of a culture of thinking within their own classroom. The instrument used is a quantitative survey developed by Ritchhart (2015) that examines eight forces of cultures of thinking (expectations, language, modeling, time, opportunities, routines, physical environment and interactions). The survey results provide useful information about potential target areas for those seeking to deepen cultures of thinking in educational settings


Virtually There: Distant Freshmen Blended In Classes Through Synchronous Online Education, Phillip A. Olt Jun 2018

Virtually There: Distant Freshmen Blended In Classes Through Synchronous Online Education, Phillip A. Olt

Advanced Education Programs Faculty Publications

Synchronous online education occurs when the students and faculty member are in different locations geographically and interaction occurs simultaneously through the internet at scheduled times. In this study I investigated the phenomenon of using synchronous online classes blended with a face-to-face classroom to complete the freshman year of college. The essence of the experience emerged around the concept of ambiguity, specifically in regard to group membership, functionality of technology, and place. This understanding of ambiguity provides a framework upon which to design practices for engaging such distance students and best promoting their learning.


Chinese Students In U.S. Universities: A Qualitative Study Of Cross-Cultural Learning Experiences, Transition And Adaptation, Josefina E. Oramas, Hagai Gringarten, Lloyd Mitchell Jun 2018

Chinese Students In U.S. Universities: A Qualitative Study Of Cross-Cultural Learning Experiences, Transition And Adaptation, Josefina E. Oramas, Hagai Gringarten, Lloyd Mitchell

Journal of International & Interdisciplinary Business Research

Chinese students represent the largest single group among international students enrolled in the U.S, and globalization has played an important role in impacting Chinese students’ perceptions of what it means to study abroad. According to The Wall Street Journal, there are 85 percent more international students enrolled today in U.S. schools than ten years ago, adding more than 35 billion dollars to the nation’s economy in 2015 (Belkin & Purnell, 2017). This qualitative study adds to the limited research available regarding Chinese students’ cross-cultural transition and academic adaptation to American universities (Kusek, 2015; Yan & Berliner, 2009). Findings add a new perspective regarding the students’ perceptions and expectations in China compared to their true experiences in the U.S. universities. Results show that ...


Effective Means Of Communication In Rural Schools, Andrew Albright May 2018

Effective Means Of Communication In Rural Schools, Andrew Albright

Master's Theses

The purpose of the research was to identify the preference of parents regarding the type of communication they receive from schools. Communication of general, negative, and positive information was considered in this study. Participants were parents of school-age children from a rural school district with a pre-kindergarten through high school level program. The quantitative research was designed using a survey with a Likert scale. The parents had the opportunity to participate in a parent and teacher conference event, which provided the best chance for input from most parents. The results were shared with district and building level administrators to help ...


Integrating Evidence-Based Reading Into Middle-School Instruction: Exploring Sustainability, Brooke Moore Apr 2018

Integrating Evidence-Based Reading Into Middle-School Instruction: Exploring Sustainability, Brooke Moore

John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activities Day (SACAD)

Reading comprehension models implemented in content classrooms boost adolescent reading achievement. Yet, few researchers examine how such models are incorporated into teachers’ daily instruction. We used extended observations and interviews to examine the integration of Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), an evidence-based reading comprehension model, into the instructional practices of fifteen middle school content teachers. High integration teachers embedded CSR lessons into their curriculum and reinforced CSR strategy use throughout the week. These teachers felt supported in their efforts by colleagues and school administrators. There is much to be learned from the ways in which teachers engage in the art of ...


Adjunct & Faculty Survey: Perceptions Of Quality & Rigor, Gary G. Andersen, Nicole M. Frank Apr 2018

Adjunct & Faculty Survey: Perceptions Of Quality & Rigor, Gary G. Andersen, Nicole M. Frank

John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activities Day (SACAD)

Seeking comprehensive feedback about adjunct faculty experiences at Fort Hays State University, the authors created an anonymous survey tool to inquire about full-time and adjunct faculty perceptions of a broad range of factors affecting adjuncts and the classes they teach. Results include valuable information about adjunct satisfaction, compensation, recruitment, orientation, and support, as well as perceptions of course and program quality. Findings suggest significant differences in perceptions of academic rigor and expectations of student clock-hours. Results were shared with the Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee and will be used to make various recommendations to the Provost and Academic Council. Additional research ...


Rural Community College Student Perceptions Of Barriers To College Enrollment, Shanda Scott, Michael T. Miller, Adam A. Morris Feb 2018

Rural Community College Student Perceptions Of Barriers To College Enrollment, Shanda Scott, Michael T. Miller, Adam A. Morris

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

Rural community college students face unique difficulties in higher education for many reasons, including the resources they typically have access to, their collective histories, and in many cases, the preparation they received in high school. These challenges might be low-performing secondary schools, a lack of tradition and precedence in attending college, and even limited technology connectivity. These difficulties can be seen as barriers to college attendance, and it is important to understand how rural community college students see these barriers, and even more important to understand how they can be overcome. The current study sought to take the first step ...


The Conflict Of Commodification Of Traditional Higher Education Institutions, Jarrad Plante Feb 2018

The Conflict Of Commodification Of Traditional Higher Education Institutions, Jarrad Plante

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

Moving into the 21st century, the landscape of the traditional higher education institution has changed, including its model of conducting business. Students in the millennial generation see higher education as a commodity, where learning can be acquired through different delivery systems. It is imperative that organizational leaders, like those in colleges and universities, improve, effectively responding to changing environments at their institutions. Double-loop learning (Rahim, 2011; Senge, 2013) is a formative method of organizational effectiveness that allows top managers to focus on the underpinning of conflicts like commodification of higher education and use strategic decision-making processes to recognize and accept ...


A Diverse Clinical-Based Practice In Teacher Education, Shelby Gottschalk, Megan M. Hake, Lori Cook-Benjamin Feb 2018

A Diverse Clinical-Based Practice In Teacher Education, Shelby Gottschalk, Megan M. Hake, Lori Cook-Benjamin

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

The purpose of the study was to determine if offering a virtual clinical-based practice would affect teacher candidates’ level of confidence in teaching diverse students. During 2012-2014, data were collected using a pre- and post-Likert scale questionnaire. A paired two sample t-test was utilized to determine if there was a significant difference in mean scores from the pre- to the postquestionnaire. Increases were found in all questionnaire items with five of the items showing a significant increase at the α=.01 level. The results suggest that a virtual clinical-based practice may provide an authentic experience for teacher candidates, may lead ...


In Search Of A Proper Role For First-Year Composition In The Two-Year Open-Enrollment College, Stephen M. Combs Feb 2018

In Search Of A Proper Role For First-Year Composition In The Two-Year Open-Enrollment College, Stephen M. Combs

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

The search for a common model of instruction in first-year composition began in the 1960s when composition first began to separate from literature in college English departments. Because writing is essentially a methods course with no standard curriculum as one might find in physics or economics, a common model has been elusive. A sign that consensus may be developing came in 2011 when an alliance of three professional organizations published its “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing.” Its recommendations consist of departures from some of the discipline’s long-cherished practices. Many of these recommendations appeared in scholarly articles more than ...


Establishing A Learning Community To Support Research And Scholarly Training: A Case Study, Jane Mills, Melanie Birks, Karen Francis Feb 2018

Establishing A Learning Community To Support Research And Scholarly Training: A Case Study, Jane Mills, Melanie Birks, Karen Francis

Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research

This paper examines the concept of learning communities as defined in the literature. An existing case study is described, and the issues that facilitated and constrained the development of this learning community are considered and discussed. Strategies to address threats to the ongoing viability and usefulness of a learning community to support research training are offered. The influence of leadership styles and their interaction with the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of learning communities is used to support the argument.