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A Study Of The Academic Performance Of Iowa Valley Community College District Transfer Students , Lisa Michelle Breja Jan 2006

A Study Of The Academic Performance Of Iowa Valley Community College District Transfer Students , Lisa Michelle Breja

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to assess the academic performance of Iowa Valley Community College District transfer students at the Iowa Regent institutions. The study analyzed the Regent first-term and cumulative GPA of IVCCD students who transferred to a Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa between 2000 and 2004. Four research questions guided the study: (1) What are the academic characteristics of IVCCD students who transferred to Regent institutions? (2) How did students perform at Regent institutions upon transfer? (3) Did transfer students experience a recovery in GPA at the time of baccalaureate ...


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 ...


A Study Of The Characteristics, Satisfaction, And Organizational Commitment Of Faculty Members At Ten Colleges Affiliated With The Council For Christian Colleges And Universities , Curtis J. Taylor Jan 2005

A Study Of The Characteristics, Satisfaction, And Organizational Commitment Of Faculty Members At Ten Colleges Affiliated With The Council For Christian Colleges And Universities , Curtis J. Taylor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examined the reasons why faculty members choose to teach at Christian colleges, their commitment to their institution, and their satisfaction with various job-related issues and values. It analyzed comparisons between the characteristics and satisfaction of faculty members at Christian colleges and faculty members in other types of American institutions of higher education.;An online survey was administered to all faculty members at 10 diverse institutions affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Useable responses were received from 238 full-time faculty members. The response rate was approximately 33%.;Survey items were categorized as follows: demographic variables; researcher-designed ...


The Empowerment Of Latina University Students: A Phenomenological Study Of Ethnic Identity Development Through Involvement In A Latina-Based Sorority, Jennifer Gray Nuñez Jan 2004

The Empowerment Of Latina University Students: A Phenomenological Study Of Ethnic Identity Development Through Involvement In A Latina-Based Sorority, Jennifer Gray Nuñez

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate through phenomenological methodology how a Latina-based sorority influences the ethnic identity development of those associated with it on a predominantly white campus in the Midwest. Using ethnographic methods, the twelve-week study involved weekly observations during the organization's scheduled meetings and other extracurricular activities. The fifteen participants were asked through a written survey, focus group sessions, and in-depth interviews to reflect on their experiences and environments before beginning college and at the present time. A phenomenological approach was used to interpret the stories shared by participants to understand how the Latina women ...


Student Self-Esteem And The Looking-Glass Self: Perceptions Of Emotional Support, Role Models, And Academic Success On A Community College Campus , Robert Lee Mcnair Jan 2004

Student Self-Esteem And The Looking-Glass Self: Perceptions Of Emotional Support, Role Models, And Academic Success On A Community College Campus , Robert Lee Mcnair

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A survey of 261 students at Des Moines Area Community College-Boone Campus was conducted to examine self-esteem in relation to perceptions of role models, emotional support, academic adjustment, and academic success. Symbolic interactionism and the looking-glass self formed the conceptual basis of the research. Factor and Cronbach's alpha analyses tended to confirm internal validity and reliability of the constructs, respectively.;Hypothesis testing revealed some significant (p ≤ .05) relationships. Pearson's product moment correlation linked student self-esteem and social perceptions. Self-esteem was higher when the students: had a support person, saw the support person or role model as similar to ...


A Comparison Of The Enrollment, Persistence And Transfer Rates Of White And Minority Students At Des Moines Area Community College , Kim Jeanine Linduska Jan 2003

A Comparison Of The Enrollment, Persistence And Transfer Rates Of White And Minority Students At Des Moines Area Community College , Kim Jeanine Linduska

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The role of the community college has been to unlock the doors of education opportunity for all individuals, and provide the entry point to higher education. Community colleges are the primary gateway to education for many of our minority and first generation students. Reflecting national trends, enrollment of minority students in Iowa's community colleges is increasing. The available transfer data demonstrate the low participation and transfer rates of minority students in community colleges and in higher education, in general, in Iowa. A detailed analysis of the number of minority students enrolling, and persisting in community colleges and transferring to ...


Empowering Lifelong Learners Through Knowledge Of Individual Learning Processes: A Case Study At One Community College , Ellengray Gutzman Kennedy Jan 2003

Empowering Lifelong Learners Through Knowledge Of Individual Learning Processes: A Case Study At One Community College , Ellengray Gutzman Kennedy

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

According to Armstrong (1999), almost all students struggle at one point or another in their academic careers. True learning often eludes students due to ineffective study strategies, poor understanding of teacher expectations, limited knowledge of individual learning preferences, and a general confusion over what is superfluous and what is meaningful. The purpose of this study was to determine if students can learn strategies that enhance their ability to learn, reduce intimidation and, thus, manage stress during the learning process in order to maximize learning potential.;The case study method (Yin, 1994) was selected, with the research site being a small ...


Community College Finance: Current Funds Revenue Sources In 11 Midwest States In The Decade Of The 1990s , Carol Noel Piper Kenton Jan 2003

Community College Finance: Current Funds Revenue Sources In 11 Midwest States In The Decade Of The 1990s , Carol Noel Piper Kenton

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Twelve current funds revenue sources utilized by 212 community colleges in 11 Midwest states during the decade of the 1990s were analyzed, using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), available on the Internet. Comparisons were made by state as well as time, using the two-way analysis of variance. Of particular interest were trends in the proportions of student tuition and fees, and state and/or local appropriations from 1990 to 1995 to 2000. Also examined was the states' use of alternative funding sources to compensate for a possible reduction in government appropriations. Different funding models within the ...


Truths About Sojourner: African American Women And The Professorship: Their Struggles And Their Successes On Negotiating Promotion And Tenure At A Predominantly White Institution , Lynette Letricia Danley Jan 2003

Truths About Sojourner: African American Women And The Professorship: Their Struggles And Their Successes On Negotiating Promotion And Tenure At A Predominantly White Institution , Lynette Letricia Danley

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this investigation was to explore the internal and external factors that contributed to the successful negotiation of promotion and tenure for six African American female faculty members at a selected predominantly White Doctoral Extensive Institution. The data were gathered over the course of one year and were initiated after a pilot study was conducted on how first-generation African American graduate students navigated through graduate school. Factors including individual persistence and aspiration as well as the need for institutional support continued to emerge particularly for the respondents who decided to pursue the life of academics. The protocol ...


Wage Disparity: A Comparison Of Residual Differences In Predicted And Actual Faculty Wages By Gender At Iowa State University , Harold Eddie Lee Jan 2003

Wage Disparity: A Comparison Of Residual Differences In Predicted And Actual Faculty Wages By Gender At Iowa State University , Harold Eddie Lee

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research project outlines the rigorous and detailed methods used in conducting a gender-related salary equity study. Specifically, this study looks into the question of whether salaries received by female faculty members are significantly different from the salaries received by Caucasian-male faculty members. In this study, data for five academic years are analyzed to judge whether salary levels for female and Caucasian-male faculty members within selected disciplines, departments, and/or colleges at a major land-grant academic institution are impartial across gender after controlling and/or accounting for variations in individual faculty characteristics.;After assembling the data, the author uses a ...


The Development Of An Evaluation Process: Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Programs (260e) , Karen Fay Poole Jan 2002

The Development Of An Evaluation Process: Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Programs (260e) , Karen Fay Poole

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In 2002, the State of Iowa is developing guidelines for implementation of the Accountability Government Action, House File 687. This legislation will require all state departments to develop planning and accountability strategies that will fit within the overall direction of state government. The pilot research was conducted utilizing one community college and a single participating company, through case study methodology, and developed an evaluation process and instruments to measure the effectiveness of economic development initiatives, specifically Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Programs (260E). Three additional community colleges and participating 260E businesses volunteered to pilot the evaluation instruments and compiled results ...


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 ...


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 ...


Relationships Between Accreditation Affiliation, Definitions, And Tools Used To Assess Critical Thinking As A Learning Outcome In Schools Of Nursing , Joan Mccleish Jan 2002

Relationships Between Accreditation Affiliation, Definitions, And Tools Used To Assess Critical Thinking As A Learning Outcome In Schools Of Nursing , Joan Mccleish

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Critical thinking is an expected learning outcome for baccalaureate nursing students. Previous studies regarding critical thinking have shown mixed results related to growth over time in critical thinking abilities, and a lack of consensus among nurse educators regarding the definition of critical thinking. Also, in the past, NLNAC has been the sole accreditor of baccalaureate nursing programs; therefore, no previous studies have related aspects of critical thinking to accreditation affiliation.;The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of definitions of critical thinking and the use of critical thinking measurement tools with accreditation affiliation in baccalaureate nursing programs ...


A Longitudinal Study Of Dual Credit Enrollment Of High School Students As An Accelerator For Degree Completion , Joseph Edward Nitzke Jan 2002

A Longitudinal Study Of Dual Credit Enrollment Of High School Students As An Accelerator For Degree Completion , Joseph Edward Nitzke

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Dual credit programs allow high school students to enroll in postsecondary institutions while still in high school, earning concurrent high school and college credit. Because dual credit programs can serve a variety of purposes (financial, educational, and systemic), they have gained prominence in education reform initiatives. My study evaluated one school-based dual credit program partnered through a Midwestern community college.;Two research questions guided the study: (1) Are high school students who earn early college credit more likely than traditionally-enrolled students to complete college degrees? (2) Does this form of dual credit program yield accelerated educational progress for students? I ...


Community College Counseling: Present Realities; Perspectives For The Future , Linda M. Peterson Jan 2002

Community College Counseling: Present Realities; Perspectives For The Future , Linda M. Peterson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The point of entry into higher education for approximately half of all students is America's community colleges. Community colleges provide access to higher education to students who are extremely diverse in their educational preparation and personal backgrounds. Student services administrators and counselors agree that today's students are more in need of counseling services than ever before. At the same time, counseling positions are being decreased or even eliminated in all sectors of education. Counselors are on the front lines of providing critical services to under prepared or high-risk students. If the current trend continues, many high-risk students may ...


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 ...


Nontraditional Students' Learning And Developmental Experiences At Two-Year Institutions: An Assessment Of Hispanic/Latino(A) Students' Experiences At Selected Community Colleges In Iowa , Jaime Hernandez Mijangos Jan 2001

Nontraditional Students' Learning And Developmental Experiences At Two-Year Institutions: An Assessment Of Hispanic/Latino(A) Students' Experiences At Selected Community Colleges In Iowa , Jaime Hernandez Mijangos

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Despite the latest substantial increase in Hispanic/Latino(a) students enrollment in Higher Education institutions, more than 20% since 1993 at two-year and four-year colleges and universities and an increased enrollment of 4.7% in community colleges during a one-year period (1996--1997), issues of retention, transfer, and graduation are still the main focus of educational researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Iowa community colleges have followed similar enrollment trends in the last decade or so when considering the growth of nontraditional students (Hispanic/Latino(a)s among them) entering such two-year institutions. As any other ethnic minority student group, Hispanic/Latino ...


Examining The Academic Experiences Of Minorities Preparing For The Professoriate , Willie J. Heggins Iii Jan 2001

Examining The Academic Experiences Of Minorities Preparing For The Professoriate , Willie J. Heggins Iii

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The critical need to understand the socialization experiences of prospective minority faculty is apparent today. If higher education can understand more about the experiences of new minority faculty members, perhaps the academy will be able to develop continued supportive strategies that enhance their development into the academic profession. The purpose of this study was to examine the academic experiences of the minority participants in the Preparing Future Faculty program (PFF). As a consequence of participating in the PFF program, the minority participants regarded that they felt ready for a faculty position, regarded that mentoring was effective, indicated that awareness of ...


The Relationship Between Parental Educational Level And Academic Success Of College Freshmen , Yasan Gooding Jan 2001

The Relationship Between Parental Educational Level And Academic Success Of College Freshmen , Yasan Gooding

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study determined the difference in the level of academic potential/achievement across five populations of freshmen during an academic school year at Iowa State University. It examined students whose parents' highest education was: (1) high school diploma, (2) one or two years of college, (3) two-year associate or technical degree, (4) four-year degree, and (5) graduate or professional degree. Other factors that might impinge on student academic achievement are: poverty, socioeconomic status, and family structure/or marital status. The study investigated whether students whose parents attained higher levels of education beyond the high school diploma were more successful academically ...


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 ...


The Use Of Merit-Index Measures To Predict Between-Year Retention Of Undergraduate College Students , Robert Dean Reason Jan 2001

The Use Of Merit-Index Measures To Predict Between-Year Retention Of Undergraduate College Students , Robert Dean Reason

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The study examined the efficacy of three independent variables (ACT, ACT-index, and SAT-index) in predicting the first-to-second-year retention of undergraduate college students. The data were gathered by, and obtained from, ACT, Inc. and represented all students who sat for the ACT Assessment during the 1999 test administration period and whose higher education institution participated in a retention study conducted by ACT, Inc. A large sample size (n = 39,216), composed of approximately equal representation of retained and not retained students, was selected from an original database of 87,915 cases.;The primary purpose of this inquiry was to determine if ...


The Professional Socialization Of Graduating Students In Generic And Two-Plus-Two Baccalaureate Completion Nursing Programs , Connie Lynn Clark Jan 2001

The Professional Socialization Of Graduating Students In Generic And Two-Plus-Two Baccalaureate Completion Nursing Programs , Connie Lynn Clark

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Health care in the United States has experienced rapid and dramatic changes in the last decade. Changes within the health care system have resulted in major transitions within the profession of nursing. This nonexperimental, descriptive study explored the professional socialization of graduating students of two-plus two baccalaureate completion nursing programs as compared with the professional socialization of graduating students of generic baccalaureate programs. The difference in professional role socialization between students from the two basic RN education programs prior to BSN completion was also explored.;The study explored the relationship between professional role socialization and age, and for the baccalaureate ...


Iowa's Community College Transfer Students, 1996-2000: Demographics, Graduation, And Retention Rates , Ann Marie Fields Jan 2001

Iowa's Community College Transfer Students, 1996-2000: Demographics, Graduation, And Retention Rates , Ann Marie Fields

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study compares Iowa community college (CC) transfer students who transferred to one of Iowa's three Regent universities in the fall of 1996 to students who started at one of the Iowa Regent universities in 1994 and who were still attending such university in the fall of 1996 (referred to as non-transfer, or NT, students). In previous educational literature, these students have been referred to as "native" students. To be culturally sensitive, this study identifies these students as "non-transfer students" or NT students. Demographic comparisons are made according to age, gender, ACT scores, and the number of credits either ...


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 ...


Community College Academic Deans: Leadership Frames And Stress , Christopher A. Russell Jan 2000

Community College Academic Deans: Leadership Frames And Stress , Christopher A. Russell

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The academic dean is a middle manager leader with multiple roles in community and technical colleges. This dean has the dual responsibility of guiding the direction of the academic program for faculty at the college and handling the daily tasks of administration;The deans' control over their roles was examined through their ability to influence situations with different leadership styles. Balancing the roles and daily contacts with students, staff, faculty and other administrators creates stress if the demands of the job are beyond the personal control of the dean. Executive stress costs educational organizations time and money. Through extensive study ...


American Indians In Higher Education: One Student's Story , Laura Deanne Browne Jan 2000

American Indians In Higher Education: One Student's Story , Laura Deanne Browne

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This document is a presentation of information gained from the collaboration between an American Indian student and a non-Indian educator at a Midwestern community college. Each chapter is introduced by a story or experience that shares an insight or point of discussion during the collaboration that later became the theme of a chapter;Chapter 1 provides an overview of American Indian participation in higher education, both in Euro-American and tribal institutions. Chapter 2 presents the history of American Indian education in the United States as a story told by a fictitious American Indian storyteller. Chapter 3 presents a comparison and ...


Decanal Work: Using Role Theory And The Sociology Of Time To Study The Executive Behavior Of College Of Education Deans , Jerlando F. L. Jackson Jan 2000

Decanal Work: Using Role Theory And The Sociology Of Time To Study The Executive Behavior Of College Of Education Deans , Jerlando F. L. Jackson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was: (1) to generate an understanding of the daily administrative processes (activities) of the college of education dean; and (2) to generate a theory based on the delineated roles of the dean as it relates to the executive behavior of the position during the work day. Upon the collection of data determining the dean's executive behavior a comparative analysis using role theory between the dean's executive roles and executive roles found by Mintzberg (1973) was provided. The roles were then aggregated to form the executive behavior of academic deans;Qualitative and quantitative methodologies ...


Oral Narrative And Analysis Of One African American Female's Struggle For Success In Higher Education , Kathleen Marie Clauson Jan 2000

Oral Narrative And Analysis Of One African American Female's Struggle For Success In Higher Education , Kathleen Marie Clauson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research study utilized the qualitative method of narrative inquiry to create and analyze the oral narrative of one African American female's struggle for success in higher education. This method allowed investigation of life experiences meaningful to the participant-narrator's success in higher education to be accomplished in collaboration with the participant-narrator; a student voice was heard and preserved. The oral narrative was then analyzed by the researcher in order to identify and examine elements (family and individual characteristics, life events, interactions, personal meanings) relevant to factors that have been identified by existing research findings as related to student ...


The Experiences Of High School Students Dual-Enrolled In Post-Secondary Education: Possibilities Of Positive Growth And Negative Influence, Heather Dawn Johnson Jan 1999

The Experiences Of High School Students Dual-Enrolled In Post-Secondary Education: Possibilities Of Positive Growth And Negative Influence, Heather Dawn Johnson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative thesis examined the experiences of high school students who were dual-enrolled in both high school and college. The thesis focused on the experiences of nine high school students from three Midwestern high schools who were dual-enrolled in geographically proximate post-secondary institutions from October, 1998 through May, 1999. Data based on taped interviews with the students, field observations at the students high schools, and discussions with high school guidance counselors identified reasons why the students enrolled in college courses while still in high school, how they perceived their college classmates, and the differences between educational environments.;It was found ...