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Creating An Optimum School Health Environment In Your District: What Decision-Makers Need To Know, Catherine Strohbehn, Ruth E. Litchfield Oct 2010

Creating An Optimum School Health Environment In Your District: What Decision-Makers Need To Know, Catherine Strohbehn, Ruth E. Litchfield

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Publications

This publication addresses the changing school environment; school meal requirements and goals, nutrition education and physical activity.


Comparison Of Cooperative And Noncooperative Purchasing In School Nutrition Programs, Beth W. Rice, Catherine H. Strohbehn, Mack C. Shelly, Susan W. Arendt, Mary Gregoire Oct 2010

Comparison Of Cooperative And Noncooperative Purchasing In School Nutrition Programs, Beth W. Rice, Catherine H. Strohbehn, Mack C. Shelly, Susan W. Arendt, Mary Gregoire

Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management Publications

Purpose/Objectives The purpose of this study was to compare food cost and public school foodservice directors’ satisfaction between districts participating in school foodservice cooperatives or group purchasing arrangements and districts purchasing independently. It also assessed the prevalence of purchasing cooperatives in school foodservice and various bid purchasing methods used in school foodservices to solicit and award competitive contracts for food.

Methods A random sample (N = 1,650) of school foodservice directors, stratified by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) region, was surveyed electronically regarding satisfaction with current purchasing methods, food prices currently paid for selected items, and participation in ...


Isu Advance Annual Report, Year 4: April 2009–April 2010, Iowa State University Advance Program Jun 2010

Isu Advance Annual Report, Year 4: April 2009–April 2010, Iowa State University Advance Program

Office of the Provost Reports

Over our four years, ISU ADVANCE has become Iowa State’s most prominent vehicle to recruit, retain, and advance women and women of color in STEM faculty positions. We are known for a well-managed network, innovative research, and an integrated approach to change. We work within departments using a Collaborative Transformation approach to improve the work environment for all faculty members. Our program identifies cultures, practices, and structures that enhance or hinder the careers of ISU faculty, and works with faculty and administrators to transform university policies, practices, and academic culture in pursuit of a diverse and vibrant faculty in ...


Isu Advance—Transformation Across The University Hierarchy To Enhance Recruitment, Retention And Advancement Of Women Faculty In Engineering, Kristen P. Constant Jun 2010

Isu Advance—Transformation Across The University Hierarchy To Enhance Recruitment, Retention And Advancement Of Women Faculty In Engineering, Kristen P. Constant

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

ISU is in the 4th year of a 5-year NSF funded ADVANCE grant. In accordance with the intent of NSF’s “Institutional Transformation” grants, the focus of this work is not on the individual professional development of women, but instead, on changing the academic environment in which they work. The goal of the ISU ADVANCE research program is to investigate the effectiveness of a multilevel collaborative effort to effect institutional transformation that results in the full participation of women faculty in STEM fields in the university. Our approach focuses on transforming departmental cultures (views, attitudes, norms and shared beliefs), practices ...


Isu Advance Collaborative Transformation Project: Rounds 1 And 2 - Focal Department Synthesis Report, Sharon R. Bird, Laura Rhoton, Carla Fehr, Lisa M. Larson Apr 2010

Isu Advance Collaborative Transformation Project: Rounds 1 And 2 - Focal Department Synthesis Report, Sharon R. Bird, Laura Rhoton, Carla Fehr, Lisa M. Larson

Office of the Provost Reports

This report summarizes research from the Iowa State University ADVANCE Collaborative Transformation (CT) Project. The results discussed here are based on intensive research conducted within six Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) departments at ISU during 2006-2009. The report also reviews some of the activities within the departments aimed at enhancing workplace climate and improving recruitment, retention and promotion of diverse faculty that have been inspired and informed by the CT Project. These activities are funded by a 5 year grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program, which is designed to create an infrastructure for transforming ...


Iowa State University Strategic Plan 2010–2015, Iowa State University Jan 2010

Iowa State University Strategic Plan 2010–2015, Iowa State University

Office of the Provost Reports

The challenges of the 21st century demand that we focus on what we do best. To ensure that Iowa State University is a leading research university in 2050, we must recruit, support, and retain students, faculty, and staff who are committed to excellence, integrity, the free exchange of ideas, and collaboration. It is imperative that the creation, sharing, and application of knowledge be a global effort characterized by a profound respect for the diversity of people and ideas. These are the values that enrich our work and guide Iowa State’s Strategic Plan.


Children’S Participation In Educational Projects And Sustainable Design – Comparing The Uk And Nicaraguan Contexts: An Interview With Harry Shier, 17th January 2009, Andrea S. Wheeler Jan 2010

Children’S Participation In Educational Projects And Sustainable Design – Comparing The Uk And Nicaraguan Contexts: An Interview With Harry Shier, 17th January 2009, Andrea S. Wheeler

Andrea S. Wheeler

Born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1954, Harry Shier lived and worked in England for 25 years, initially on adventure playgrounds, then in training adults working with children out of school. In 1981 he founded Playtrain, an independent training agency specialising in children’s rights, play and creativity. In the 1990s he worked and wrote extensively on children’s rights and participation, most notably developing the “Article 31 Children’s Consultancy Scheme”, which enables young children to act as specialist consultants to the senior management of diverse cultural institutions, helping them make facilities and programmes more child-friendly. This experience was crystallised ...


Beyond The Factory Floor: The Experiences Of Displaced Manufacturing Workers As They Retrain In Community College Settings, Mary Jane Entz Jan 2010

Beyond The Factory Floor: The Experiences Of Displaced Manufacturing Workers As They Retrain In Community College Settings, Mary Jane Entz

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study describes and examines the experiences of displaced manufacturing workers as they lose jobs and retrain in community college settings. The analysis included perceptions of community college services and programming designed to help the workers transition into retraining programs, along with those factors that they identified as contributing to or inhibiting success. Given the recent, permanent structural shifts in the U.S. economy, which have decimated the manufacturing sector, learning more about the experiences of displaced manufacturing workers will better prepare community colleges to serve this population more effectively.


An Examination Of College Factors Used By Business Students Who Chose To Attend A Small Midwestern Private College, Joni K. Anderson Jan 2010

An Examination Of College Factors Used By Business Students Who Chose To Attend A Small Midwestern Private College, Joni K. Anderson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Many college systems are facing a recruiting environment where the individual driving forces add up to more than their individual sum, creating a highly challenging situation. Some of the driving forces creating this recruiting challenge are: decreasing number of high school graduates, more educational offerings, a tightening of the credit markets, and changing college expectations of the “millennial” generation. This quantitative research study focused on students who chose to major in business and their college decision-making process to attend a small Midwest private college. The students' responses to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) freshman survey were used to identify ...


Analysis Of Adjunct Faculty At Des Moines Area Community College: Use And Application Of Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory To Predict Job Satisfaction In Teaching Improvement And Professional Development, Margi Ann Boord Jan 2010

Analysis Of Adjunct Faculty At Des Moines Area Community College: Use And Application Of Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory To Predict Job Satisfaction In Teaching Improvement And Professional Development, Margi Ann Boord

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

"During the past two decades, two-year and four-year colleges have increased their reliance on part-time faculty" (Antony & Valadez, 2002, p. 41). The hiring of part-time faculty started as a convenient way to meet the demands for instruction while remaining financially responsible during tough budgetary times. Currently "...hiring part-time faculty now has become a more permanent strategy for colleges and universities--one that has made part-time faculty a substantial group among the professoriate" (p. 41).

The purpose of this study was to examine the demographics and current level of job satisfaction of adjunct faculty at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), and ...


Primary Students' Proficiency And Achievement: The Difference Two-Way Immersion Programs Can Make, Holly Janelle Kaptain Jan 2010

Primary Students' Proficiency And Achievement: The Difference Two-Way Immersion Programs Can Make, Holly Janelle Kaptain

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Chapter 3: This study investigated the effects of a new, Spanish two-way immersion program on first through third grade students' English and Spanish proficiency. All students were from an urban, high-poverty community in the Midwest that is English dominant, in a predominantly Anglo state. English-speakers in the two-way immersion program score significantly higher than English speakers in an all-English program on a standardized measure of English language proficiency, while Spanish speakers in the two-way immersion score significantly higher than Spanish speakers in the all-English program on a standardized measure of Spanish proficiency. English proficiency was virtually the same across the ...


Considering Human Capital Theory In Assessment And Training:Mapping The Gap Betweem Current Skills And The Needs Of A Knowledge-Based Economy In Northeast Iowa, Wendy Ann Mihm-Herold Jan 2010

Considering Human Capital Theory In Assessment And Training:Mapping The Gap Betweem Current Skills And The Needs Of A Knowledge-Based Economy In Northeast Iowa, Wendy Ann Mihm-Herold

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In light of the current economic downturn, thousands of Iowan's are unemployed and this is the ideal time to build the skills of the workforce to compete in the knowledge-based economy so businesses and entrepreneurs can compete in a global economy. A tool for assessing the skills and knowledge of dislocated workers and students as well as identifying skills deficits in order to match individuals' transferrable skills to high-demand jobs is essential in order for dislocated workers and students to increase their human capital. It is essential for individuals to make informed decisions regarding the training they need and ...


A Phenomenographic Study Exploring Nursing Education And Practice, Greta Marie Degen Jan 2010

A Phenomenographic Study Exploring Nursing Education And Practice, Greta Marie Degen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to illuminate the qualitatively different ways in which three nurses with an associate degree (ADN) and three nurses with a baccalaureate degree (BSN) experience, conceptualize, perceive, and understand their own nursing practice within the context of their educational background. Using a phenomenographic methodology for qualitative inquiry and data analysis, findings of this study revealed two main differences between the nursing practice of newly graduated ADNs and BSNs: (1) ADNs focused on their (a) education as the means and their practice as the end result, over which (b) the nurse has no ultimate control (external ...


The Relationship Of College Credit Earned While In High School To First-Semester College Gpa And Persistence To The Second College Year, Kimberly J. Fara Jan 2010

The Relationship Of College Credit Earned While In High School To First-Semester College Gpa And Persistence To The Second College Year, Kimberly J. Fara

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine how a student's college academic success at Iowa State University (ISU) is related to college credit earning while in high school. The unit of analysis for this research was first time full time first year students who entered ISU in the fall semester of 2006, 2007, and 2008. This study examined the relationships between students' college credit earning while in high school, background attributes such as high school grade point average (GPA) and/or ACT/SAT scores, and their college academic success as measured by GPA and persistence to the second ...


Phenomenological Study Of Special Education Teachers Using An Emergency License, Susan Diane Alborn-Yilek Jan 2010

Phenomenological Study Of Special Education Teachers Using An Emergency License, Susan Diane Alborn-Yilek

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The shortage of special education teachers is critical. One means used to increase the supply of available teachers is to issue an emergency license to teachers not fully certified in special education. This is a phenomenological study of four general education teachers practicing special education using an emergency license. Their experience is characterized around four themes--diminished control over their lives, teaching, but on the "outside," supportive relationships, and becoming "new" and or renewed. Universal themes of lived space, lived time, and lived human relationships provide the lens through which their experiences are interpreted.


Exploring Women Community College Natural Scientists' Personal Experience Narratives Through A Subjectivist Lens, Nancy Anne Woods Jan 2010

Exploring Women Community College Natural Scientists' Personal Experience Narratives Through A Subjectivist Lens, Nancy Anne Woods

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The thrust in education today is to encourage young women to enter nontraditional fields of study such as chemistry, physics, and biology. In order to better prepare the next generation of women scientists, then, we should examine the experiences of women participants already working within these areas. We can learn from their experiences. What motivated them toward science? What influenced them to become teachers? What brought them to the community college? If the premise is that we want more women involved in science, then one way to understand how to entice women into science would be to research those who ...


The Sweet Briar Way: The Search For Organizational Identity In Higher Education, Denice Katherine Ross Haynes Jan 2010

The Sweet Briar Way: The Search For Organizational Identity In Higher Education, Denice Katherine Ross Haynes

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study looked at organizational identity in higher education. First conceptualized by organizational and management theorists Stuart Albert and David Whetten in 1985, it is defined as those attributes and features members believe to be most central and enduring about their organization and that distinguish it from others. Using case study methodology, the study explored how the identity at Sweet Briar, a women's college in Sweet Briar, Virginia was developed, sustained, and preserved and its influence in the college. The study found a high degree of identity salience at Sweet Briar evidenced by clear identity claims and identity-referencing discourse ...


Leadership And Spirituality: The Indivisible Leadership Of African American School Administrators As Pastors, Anthony D. Jones Jan 2010

Leadership And Spirituality: The Indivisible Leadership Of African American School Administrators As Pastors, Anthony D. Jones

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the role that spirituality plays in the leadership of African American men who are both a pastor and a public school administrator. Very little has been written about the role of African American spirituality in educational leadership or about school administrators who are also pastors. This study examined the role of spirituality in the leadership of eight African American men who were both public school administrators and pastors of Christian congregations. The epistemological scope for this study came from social constructionism. The three-interview series method (Seidman, 1991) was used to collect ...


Changing Faculty Perceptions And Perspectives: A Case Study At A Private, Midwestern, Liberal Arts University, Lucina May Kimpel Jan 2010

Changing Faculty Perceptions And Perspectives: A Case Study At A Private, Midwestern, Liberal Arts University, Lucina May Kimpel

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This research was comprised of a case study conducted at Grand View University to determine faculty perceptions and perspectives of outcomes related to a Title III grant-funded, professional development program. The conceptual framework for the study was based on a systematic process called the logic model (W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 2004). A goal-free evaluation technique developed by Scriven in 1972 (Scriven, 1974) was the method utilized for conducting a utilization-focused evaluation (Patton, 1997). These evaluation processes were conducted through the use of semi-structured interviews of two focus groups and four key informants to determine the short-, medium-, and long-term outcomes ...


An Exploration Of Personal Financial Behavior Of College-Educated Black Women In The Midwest, Jacqueline Denise Pryor Jan 2010

An Exploration Of Personal Financial Behavior Of College-Educated Black Women In The Midwest, Jacqueline Denise Pryor

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative inquire examined the financial behavior of six college educated Black women located in the Midwest. Utilizing Black feminism as a theoretical framework for analysis, a depiction was prepared on the adeptness of the women at managing their finances; the influence of parental teaching on personal finances; and their behavior toward wealth building and self-gratification. Parental teaching on personal finances greatly influenced the women's perception and how they managed their finances. The experiences and stories of these women help to provide an understanding of how they navigate personal financial matters, their understanding of finances beyond college, and the ...


Baby Boomers Attending A Community College: Influences, Challenges, And Social Networks, Nancy Peters Jan 2010

Baby Boomers Attending A Community College: Influences, Challenges, And Social Networks, Nancy Peters

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to determine how Baby Boomers make meaning out of disorientating dilemmas and challenges as they enroll in community college for career training. The dilemmas include: retirement, layoffs, shrinking job market, returning to school, and dwindling retirement accounts. Understanding Baby Boomers' processing of this new event can help colleges provide tailored course work, support services, and social networks.

Through the voices of ten participants and the guiding framework of Mezirow's transformational theory as well as theories of student engagement and validation, the following themes emerged:

* Economic conditions influenced Baby Boomers to attend ...


Degree Completion And Acceleration Rates Of Iowa Community Colleges' Concurrent Enrollment Students, Marlene Ann Mccomas Jan 2010

Degree Completion And Acceleration Rates Of Iowa Community Colleges' Concurrent Enrollment Students, Marlene Ann Mccomas

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Board And Superintendent Perceptions Of The Illinois Professional Standards For School Leaders Critical For Superintendent Success, Pamela Rhea Rockwood Jan 2010

Board And Superintendent Perceptions Of The Illinois Professional Standards For School Leaders Critical For Superintendent Success, Pamela Rhea Rockwood

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This quantitative study focused on the differences in perceptions between Illinois K-12 unit district public school superintendents and board presidents as to those performance competency indicators in the "Illinois Professional Standards for School Leaders" that they perceived as being most critical for superintendent success. Via a web-based, online survey, participants responded to six demographic questions and scored each of the performance competency indicators to their level of agreement regarding the importance of that performance competency indicator for success. Summing up the top three performance indicators for all respondents, for all superintendents and board presidents (male and female), the number of ...


Transfer Students In Stem Majors: Gender Differences In The Socialization Factors That Influence Academic And Social Adjustment, Dimitra Lynette Jackson Jan 2010

Transfer Students In Stem Majors: Gender Differences In The Socialization Factors That Influence Academic And Social Adjustment, Dimitra Lynette Jackson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purposes of this study were (a) to examine the socialization factors of community college transfer students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); (b) to examine the socialization factors that impact the academic and social adjustment of community college transfer students in STEM majors; and (c) to understand how female community college transfer students describe their overall socialization experiences in STEM majors. A survey was used to collect data concerning the background characteristics as well as the community college and university experiences of transfer students. A purposive sample of female community college transfer students were interviewed to gather information ...


An Analysis Of Demographic Data And Educational Experiences That Predict Student Success On The Funeral Service National Board Examination, Kevin E. Patterson Jan 2010

An Analysis Of Demographic Data And Educational Experiences That Predict Student Success On The Funeral Service National Board Examination, Kevin E. Patterson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Using graduate surveys, which ascertained demographic data and educational experiences of the graduates, funeral service National Board Examination (NBE) scores, program curricula, and annual accreditation reports, this study investigated the relationship between educational experiences of funeral service graduates and their corresponding NBE scores. The sample consisted of 213 graduates of accredited programs who graduated and completed the NBE during 2009. The sample was evaluated to insure it was a representative sample of the population. In addition to descriptive statistics, comparative analyses and multiple regression analyses were conducted to determine differences between values of variables under investigation and to determine if ...


Job Satisfaction Of Community College Adjunct Faculty At Midwestern Community College, Jody Kristine Tomanek Jan 2010

Job Satisfaction Of Community College Adjunct Faculty At Midwestern Community College, Jody Kristine Tomanek

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Adjunct faculty constitutes the majority of faculty in higher education. Their large numbers make them a force in community colleges and four-year universities. The role that adjunct faculty play is impressive and their role should not be overlooked. Studying the background of adjunct faculty assists in providing an overview of gender, age, and ethnicity amongst adjunct faculty. College administrators and support professionals can benefit from understanding the levels of support adjunct faculty expect and their satisfaction with support that already exists in community colleges. The overall level of job satisfaction of adjunct faculty also assists college personnel in understanding adjunct ...


A Case Study Of Troika Short-Term Study Abroad Program Model In Community Colleges, Jeremy Lee Pickard Jan 2010

A Case Study Of Troika Short-Term Study Abroad Program Model In Community Colleges, Jeremy Lee Pickard

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This case study examined the phenomenon, through a basic interpretive approach, of 13 students who participated in a short– term study abroad program at a community college. Participants shared experiences from their programs that provided meaning to their lives and how that meaning has shaped their life socially, academically, professionally, and personally. The goal of the study was to describe their experiences of community college students who participate in a short-term study abroad program, describe how a short-term study abroad program at a community college impacts a student's life, understand how short–term study abroad programs in community colleges ...


Iowa State University Fact Book, 2009–2010, Iowa State University, Office Of Institutional Reseaerch Jan 2010

Iowa State University Fact Book, 2009–2010, Iowa State University, Office Of Institutional Reseaerch

Fact Books

No abstract provided.


A Comparative Analysis Of Demographic And Academic Characteristics, Kathleen Johanna Nacos-Burds Jan 2010

A Comparative Analysis Of Demographic And Academic Characteristics, Kathleen Johanna Nacos-Burds

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

A retrospective study was initiated to determine: (1) the predictive relationship between demographic and academic variables and NCLEX-RN success; and (2) if there were significant differences between urban and rural nursing students that could account for an increased percentage of rural NCLEX-RN failures. A convenience sample was comprised of 398 graduates in 2005-2008, of an associate degree nursing program in the Midwest. Student age group, campus enrolled, Anatomy and Physiology GPA, number of practical nursing terms attempted, Practical Nursing GPA, and the number of associate degree nursing terms attempted were analyzed for predictive value of first-attempt NCLEX-RN success.

Descriptive analyses ...


Student Veterans Returning To A Community College: Understanding Their Transitions, Corey Bradford Rumann Jan 2010

Student Veterans Returning To A Community College: Understanding Their Transitions, Corey Bradford Rumann

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Higher education and the military have been linked throughout history in the United States. Now, with the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq the higher education community is beginning to realize again the importance of understanding student veterans' transition experiences into college and providing appropriate support programs. However, the experiences of war veterans making the transition from servicemember to college student are not clearly understood. Consequently, community colleges and other institutions of higher education may not possess the information necessary to assist these students effectively.

The purpose of this phenomenological, qualitative research study was to explore the nature of the ...