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Poster Session - Streams: Improving Student Success In Stem At Bridgewater State University, Thomas P. Kling, Jeffrey Williams, Jennifer Mendell, Stephen Waratuke, Matthew Salomone Sep 2011

Poster Session - Streams: Improving Student Success In Stem At Bridgewater State University, Thomas P. Kling, Jeffrey Williams, Jennifer Mendell, Stephen Waratuke, Matthew Salomone

New England Conference for Student Success

STREAMS, an NSF-STEP grant held by Bridgewater State University, implements best-practice approaches to increasing the number of STEM graduates. STREAMS interventions include a summer bridge program, a mentoring program, curricular changes promoting inquiry-based teaching, Structured Learning Assistance in gateway courses, a Residential Learning Community, and better transfer student advising and articulation. This presentation will focus on the assessment strategies that encourage curricular change and evidence of increased student success in science and math at Bridgewater.


Concurrent Session, Understanding The Transitional Needs Of Transfer Students: A Mixed Methods Study, Kelly Gray, Kait Nagi Sep 2011

Concurrent Session, Understanding The Transitional Needs Of Transfer Students: A Mixed Methods Study, Kelly Gray, Kait Nagi

New England Conference for Student Success

"Transition to college is challenging for many students. New Student Orientations, First-Year Seminars,

Living-Learning Communities and other initiatives are designed to support students during this time but

sometimes transfer students are left out of the process. This session will review findings from a recent

mixed-methods study designed to better understand how transfer students perceived their academic

transition into a new institution. Intended audience: those with a novice to intermediate understanding of

the transfer student experience. Takeaways: ideas and resources to create programming on other

campuses."


Concurrent Session, Strategies For Success: Increasing Achievement, Persistence, Retention And Engagement, Alicia D'Oyley, Patricia Bruno, Danijela Jackson, Jessica Henry Sep 2011

Concurrent Session, Strategies For Success: Increasing Achievement, Persistence, Retention And Engagement, Alicia D'Oyley, Patricia Bruno, Danijela Jackson, Jessica Henry

New England Conference for Student Success

No abstract provided.


Featured Session - The Power Of Research-Based Stem Education, Bruce Jackson Sep 2011

Featured Session - The Power Of Research-Based Stem Education, Bruce Jackson

New England Conference for Student Success

"All seventeen Goldwater Awardees of the MassBay's Biotechnology program were either former highschool

dropouts, single mothers, chronically unemployed, living at or below the poverty line or formerly

homeless. This session will demonstrate the power of research-based undergraduate curriculums and

the transforming nature of research on nontraditional scholars."


Concurrent Session, Empowering Diverse Students Through Learning Communities, Lori A. Catallozzi, Lloyd Sheldon Johnson, Lee Santos Silva Sep 2011

Concurrent Session, Empowering Diverse Students Through Learning Communities, Lori A. Catallozzi, Lloyd Sheldon Johnson, Lee Santos Silva

New England Conference for Student Success

"Over the past decade, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) has earned a national reputation for its

accomplishments in creating successful learning environments for its students. The College’s Learning

Communities are the cornerstone of a comprehensive student success agenda that has resulted in a

28% increase since 2003 in fall-to-fall retention, a key indicator of progress toward degree completion.

Most notable is the college-wide increase in retention for students of color, who represent nearly 60% of

BHCC’s enrollment. This session explores two Learning Communities that are providing a rich learning

experience for BHCC’s diverse population."


Concurrent Session, Using Logic Models In Faculty/Staff Collaboration For First-Year Learning Outcomes, Jonathan S. Lewis Sep 2011

Concurrent Session, Using Logic Models In Faculty/Staff Collaboration For First-Year Learning Outcomes, Jonathan S. Lewis

New England Conference for Student Success

"Drawing up learning outcomes that actually influence the curriculum requires a thoughtful, collaborative process. Beginning with an institutional priority to “develop core competencies … to enhance students’ pathways for success,” a student success administrator at Wheelock College worked closely with faculty throughout Spring 2011 and developed a comprehensive list of curricular and co-curricular outcomes for all first-year students. The use of a logic model was incredibly helpful in articulating to a wide range of stakeholders the specific rationale, strategies, and desired results of this project. After a brief discussion of the specific outcomes and process at Wheelock, participants in this workshop ...


Concurrent Session, Mission Accomplished: Community College Advisors Join Forces, Diane O'Hearn, Julie Shaw-Macdougall, Linda Scott, Karen Costa, Debra Boucher Sep 2011

Concurrent Session, Mission Accomplished: Community College Advisors Join Forces, Diane O'Hearn, Julie Shaw-Macdougall, Linda Scott, Karen Costa, Debra Boucher

New England Conference for Student Success

"In this session, you will learn how a small group of community college advising professionals came together over coffee & pastries to create a statewide collaborative effort that is striving to deliver effective advising on all our campuses. Participants will share best practices through active group dialogue following the presentation. Find out more how to become part of a movement that celebrates the uniqueness of community colleges and generates pivotal ideas on how you can support student success within and between colleagues. You will leave this session with a renewed sense of support and resources for your student success work. Although ...


Concurrent Session, Integrative Knowledge And Learning: Theory, Research & Practice, Melissa Peet Sep 2011

Concurrent Session, Integrative Knowledge And Learning: Theory, Research & Practice, Melissa Peet

New England Conference for Student Success

"How do students learn to translate knowledge gained from their coursework into real-life situations and develop the skills they will need to effectively respond to a world of constant change? This session explores how the Integrative Knowledge Portfolio Process supports students to connect, reflect on and apply the different types of knowledge, skills and capacities they’ve gained from academic and other contexts. Dr. Peet will provide an overview of a series of innovative learning methods that support integrative knowledge and present research that demonstrates the effectiveness of these methods on both educators and students. (NOTE: This is a repeat ...


Featured Session - Secrets Of A Successful Transfer: Undergraduate Student Panel, Hedley Freake Sep 2011

Featured Session - Secrets Of A Successful Transfer: Undergraduate Student Panel, Hedley Freake

New England Conference for Student Success

"This session will feature four undergraduates from around New England who have made the transition

from a community college to a BA institution. The students will share insights on academics, student life,

and support drawn from their own successful transfer stories."


Concurrent Session, From Grave To Cradle: How One College Brought Fye Back To Life, Dave Ferreira, Matthew Liscum Sep 2011

Concurrent Session, From Grave To Cradle: How One College Brought Fye Back To Life, Dave Ferreira, Matthew Liscum

New England Conference for Student Success

"Five years ago, Three Rivers Community College removed the First Year Experience (FYE) course from their plans of study and relegated it to academic ambiguity. The college recently brought back FYE as a 3-credit, required course for most associate degree programs. This hands-on workshop will outline FYE's evolution and ongoing challenges. Participants will engage in a number of activities to identify steps that can be taken at their institution to establish, re-establish, or strengthen their FYE course."


Featured Session - Creating State Policy To Boost College Completion, Francesca Purcell Sep 2011

Featured Session - Creating State Policy To Boost College Completion, Francesca Purcell

New England Conference for Student Success

"This past June, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education unanimously accepted the Vision Project’s final report to guide the state’s efforts to increase student graduation and success rates, to reduce achievement gaps, and to ensure that the Massachusetts system of public higher education leads the nation in student success. In this participatory session, participants will learn about the processes of developing state policy focused on student success and be invited to provide feedback on the report’s findings and direction"


Concurrent Session, Increasing Student Veteran Success In The Post 9-11 Gi Bill Era, David Vacchi Sep 2011

Concurrent Session, Increasing Student Veteran Success In The Post 9-11 Gi Bill Era, David Vacchi

New England Conference for Student Success

"Today, student veterans may not be getting the support they need to succeed when compared to their non-veteran peers. This presentation offers simple, low- or no-cost solutions for veteran success. Understanding the experiences and addressing the needs of student veterans is the first step towards making campuses more veteran-friendly."


Featured Session - Integrative Knowledge And Learning: Theory, Research & Practice, Melissa Peet Sep 2011

Featured Session - Integrative Knowledge And Learning: Theory, Research & Practice, Melissa Peet

New England Conference for Student Success

"How do students learn to translate knowledge gained from their coursework into real-life situations and develop the skills they will need to effectively respond to a world of constant change? This session explores how the Integrative Knowledge Portfolio Process supports students to connect, reflect on and apply the different types of knowledge, skills and capacities they’ve gained from academic and other contexts. Dr. Peet will provide an overview of a series of innovative learning methods that support integrative knowledge and present research that demonstrates the effectiveness of these methods on both educators and students. (NOTE: This session will repeat ...


Concurrent Session, Evolution Of Successful Learning Communities, Mara Sidman, Lindsay Bruce, Janine Bradley Sep 2011

Concurrent Session, Evolution Of Successful Learning Communities, Mara Sidman, Lindsay Bruce, Janine Bradley

New England Conference for Student Success

"This session will explore how one large university is approaching the issue of retention and student success through smaller scale efforts in 3 of its colleges. The College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Management each have learning communities geared toward student support to help them stay on track for graduation. The presenter will share basic structural design of learning communities as well specific elements of the three different. Participants will have the opportunity to develop an outline for a learning community on their own campus."


Welcome Address - Featured Speaker, Richard M. Freeland Sep 2011

Welcome Address - Featured Speaker, Richard M. Freeland

New England Conference for Student Success

No abstract provided.


Registration And Continental Breakfast, - - Sep 2011

Registration And Continental Breakfast, - -

New England Conference for Student Success

No abstract provided.


Sometimes Sisters: An Exploration Of The Culture Of Historically Black Colleges And Universities And Its Impact On The Campus Climate For Lesbian And Bisexual Female Students, Donique R. Mcintosh Sep 2011

Sometimes Sisters: An Exploration Of The Culture Of Historically Black Colleges And Universities And Its Impact On The Campus Climate For Lesbian And Bisexual Female Students, Donique R. Mcintosh

Open Access Dissertations

For approximately the last 20 years, researchers have studied the "environment" for students who are lesbian, gay, and bisexual. However, there has been little empirical research on the experiences of lesbian, bisexual, or gay students at historically Black colleges and universities. Most of the literature to date has focused on students at predominantly White institutions and students who are male. Further, HBCUs have long-been lauded for the unique educational experience they have created for African American students in general as evidenced by reports of greater satisfaction, faculty and social support, positive self-images, strong racial pride, and better psychosocial adjustment (Allen ...


What's So Different About Making A Difference?! Transforming The Discourse Of Worklife And Career, Burton Israel Woolf Sep 2011

What's So Different About Making A Difference?! Transforming The Discourse Of Worklife And Career, Burton Israel Woolf

Open Access Dissertations

This phenomenological study explores the lived experiences of five individuals who shifted their work and career from the business world to the nonprofit service sector. Through in-depth personal accounts, I show how the research participants made sense of "work" and "career" as they moved through, and after they completed the transition out of the business setting; and the degree to which their subjective experiences in the nonprofit work environment transformed their prior perspectives on "work life" and "career" that had been shaped by their experiences in the business world. According to the literature of subjective career development (how people shape ...


Evaluating Irt- And Ctt-Based Methods Of Estimating Classification Consistency And Accuracy Indices From Single Administrations, Nina Deng Sep 2011

Evaluating Irt- And Ctt-Based Methods Of Estimating Classification Consistency And Accuracy Indices From Single Administrations, Nina Deng

Open Access Dissertations

Three decision consistency and accuracy (DC/DA) methods, the Livingston and Lewis (LL) method, LEE method, and the Hambleton and Han (HH) method, were evaluated. The purposes of the study were (1) to evaluate the accuracy and robustness of these methods, especially when their assumptions were not well satisfied, (2) to investigate the " true" DC/DA indices in various conditions, and (3) to assess the impact of choice of reliability estimate on the LL method.

Four simulation studies were conducted. Study 1 looked at various test lengths. Study 2 focused on local item dependency (LID). Study 3 checked the consequences ...


Fifth-Grade Students' Tactical Understanding, Decision-Making And Transfer Of Knowledge In A Tactical Games Model Net/Wall Sampling Unit, Heidi Renee Bohler Sep 2011

Fifth-Grade Students' Tactical Understanding, Decision-Making And Transfer Of Knowledge In A Tactical Games Model Net/Wall Sampling Unit, Heidi Renee Bohler

Open Access Dissertations

The Tactical Games Model (TGM) is an instructional model in which the primary assumption is to facilitate students' tactical understanding of games (i.e., response-selection and execution processes). Additionally, there is speculation that tactical understanding of one game transfers to other tactically similar games (Mitchell, Oslin & Griffin, 2006, p. 20). Limited research has been conducted regarding student response selection processes, problem representations, knowledge base development, or transfer of learning in this model. Griffin and Patton (2005) called for examination of TGM through an information processing lens. Examining action, condition, and goal responses of novice physical education students could provide significant insight to students' improved game performance. Also, examining students' engagement in particular tactical problems across diverse activities in a single game category could provide insight into how and which knowledge structures transfer. The purpose of this study was to examine fifth-grade students' tactical understanding and decision-making in a net/wall unit. A second purpose was to analyze the transfer of knowledge structures across the unit. Participants included an elementary school physical educator and purposively selected students (n=16; M=8, F=8) from a fifth-grade physical education class (N=50) at a suburban elementary school in the northeastern United States. Appropriate permission was obtained from the university's Institutional Review Board. The unit consisted of 20 lessons (50 minute classes). Select students remained in a cohort, participating with and against each other ...


Reflective Practice For Leadership (Rpl), Sarah Bedingfield Jun 2011

Reflective Practice For Leadership (Rpl), Sarah Bedingfield

CCLA Capstone Projects

The Reflective Practice for leadership described in this project leans towards a wellcrafted exercise, a struchn·ed and collaborative approach to solving professional dilemmas. Reflective Practice can occur individually, with a partner, or within a group. In this project, reflective practice is a collective inquiry and exploration of the knowledge, skills and behaviors that support leadership development within the context of a group, individuals critically examine why certain situations result in stress, confusion, or concern and what strategies exist to bring resolution or clarity to the presenting issue. Moreover, the two major goals for RPL are: (I) to create a ...


Open English: Introducing Accelerated Learning In Developmental Coursework At Stcc, Marcia Sias Jun 2011

Open English: Introducing Accelerated Learning In Developmental Coursework At Stcc, Marcia Sias

CCLA Capstone Projects

College level writing and reading have an important role in completion and college success. Most studens who join STCC are underprepared students and this Open English project is a method that makes more accessible higher education to those students. Open English accelerated learning is the latest addition to advances at STCC in developing to make higher education more accessible to underprepared student. It is included as one of many initiatives such as extended contact time, intrusive advising, and learning communities encouraging college success. Open English applies principles of accelerated developed over time in adult learning and continuing classes for people ...


Science Boot Camp For Librarians – A Five Campus Collaboration., Naka J. Ishii, Elizabeth Winiarz, Marion Muskiewicz May 2011

Science Boot Camp For Librarians – A Five Campus Collaboration., Naka J. Ishii, Elizabeth Winiarz, Marion Muskiewicz

Naka J Ishii

Presentation at the ACRL New England Chapter annual conference, 13 May 2011 with with Marion Muskiewicz (UMass Lowell) and Elizabeth Winiarz (UMass Dartmouth) on the inception and collaborative creation of an annual "boot camp" for science librarians. This inexpensive and intensive program covers 3 science subjects over 2.5 days to bring librarians up to speed on these topics. Usually, one faculty member gives an overview of the field, and another describes a current research area. This event also provides librarians with an informal way to network and enjoy each other's company.


Community Colleges And The Pursuit Of Larger Grants: Strategies For Success, Steven George Budd May 2011

Community Colleges And The Pursuit Of Larger Grants: Strategies For Success, Steven George Budd

Open Access Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to understand those factors that lead some community colleges to be more successful than others in pursuing and obtaining large grants. The impetus for the study derived from the experience of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its effort to increase grant submission rates and successful awards to community colleges. A key concern of the NSF was why a small sample of some 150 colleges, out of the universe of 1,200 community colleges, are repeatedly successful well beyond the norm in obtaining NSF grants.

The primary research question addressed by the study is ...


Students As Customers: The Influence Of Neoliberal Ideology And Free-Market Logic On Entering First-Year College Students, Daniel Brian Saunders May 2011

Students As Customers: The Influence Of Neoliberal Ideology And Free-Market Logic On Entering First-Year College Students, Daniel Brian Saunders

Open Access Dissertations

Scholars have documented the ways in which the influence of neoliberal ideology, and particularly the extension of free-market logic, has resulted in meaningful changes within colleges and universities in the United States. However, largely omitted from these discussions is the impact of neoliberal ideology on college students. Concurrent with the discussion concerning neoliberalism and higher education, a separate dialogue focusing on the rise of the conceptualization of students as customers has been occurring amongst higher education scholars. Such an understanding of college students is consistent with free-market logic, as the relationship between students and their institutions become defined in economic ...


The Cost Of Caring: An Investigation In The Effects Of Teaching Traumatized Children In Urban Elementary Settings, Anthony C. Hill May 2011

The Cost Of Caring: An Investigation In The Effects Of Teaching Traumatized Children In Urban Elementary Settings, Anthony C. Hill

Open Access Dissertations

This study investigates the “the cost of caring” (Figley, 1995) for educators who teach and work with traumatized children; that is children who live in challenging social environments with ongoing stressors, such as family physical abuse, sexual assault, neglect, community violence, bereavement and loss issues, parental mental health and substance abuse, and homelessness. This study examines the theoretical framework of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS). The phenomenon of STS has been investigated in depth for professionals, such as social workers, counselors/therapists, hotline/crisis workers, law enforcement officers, nurses, emergency medical technicians/paramedics, firefighters, and disaster relief workers (Bride et al ...


Organizational Decision Making And Goal Setting In Out-Of-School-Time Programs, Jenny Rebecca Hemmingson May 2011

Organizational Decision Making And Goal Setting In Out-Of-School-Time Programs, Jenny Rebecca Hemmingson

Open Access Dissertations

Currently, there is a large body of research examining Out-of-School Time (OST) programs, the goals of these programs, and their reported impact on the youth they serve.

However, there is little evidence of research on how organizations determine which goals best fit the needs of the communities they serve. Concurrently, studies of how organizations put these goals into action are virtually non-existent in the literature.

This study examines how organizations in Massachusetts receiving federal 21st Century Community Learning Center funding make decisions about Out-of-School Time programming. Although the federal grant requirements and the Massachusetts Department of Education impose some uniformity ...


Education In A Hip-Hop Nation: Our Identity, Politics & Pedagogy, Marcella Runell Hall May 2011

Education In A Hip-Hop Nation: Our Identity, Politics & Pedagogy, Marcella Runell Hall

Open Access Dissertations

Contemporary Hip-Hop scholarship has revealed that Hip-Hop is a racially diverse, youth-driven culture, and is intimately connected to prior and on-going social justice movements (Chang, 2004; Kitwana, 2002). This study explores its Afro-Diasporic and activist origins, as well as the theoretical impact of Hip-Hop culture on the identity and pedagogy of educators belonging to the Hip-Hop generation(s). This qualitative study also examines how Hip-Hop culture impacts educators’ identity, politics and personal pedagogy, while seeking to create a new model of Social Justice Hip-Hop Pedagogy. This study was produced through twenty-three in-depth interviews with influential Hip-Hop educators (Aberbach & Rockman, 2002) from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations.

There are currently limited theoretical and conceptual frameworks in the literature supporting the use of Hip-Hop as Social Justice Pedagogy, yet is currently being used in K- 16 educational contexts throughout the United States and abroad (Akom, 2009; Duncan- Andrade ...


Reading First/Bay State Reading Initiative: Public Vs. Private Implementation-Which Produces The Best Results?, Marlene A. Di Leo May 2011

Reading First/Bay State Reading Initiative: Public Vs. Private Implementation-Which Produces The Best Results?, Marlene A. Di Leo

Open Access Dissertations

The dissertation is a study to determine which program, Reading First or Bay State Reading Initiative, will demonstrate the greatest gains in reading for students in grades K-3 using a 3-Tier Reading Model. The findings from this study are intended to provide pertinent information on which best practices work in increasing student achievement for reading. Education reform continues to be a hot topic at all levels within the United States. With the spending of billions of federals, state and local dollars, the persistent talk of accountability is ongoing. Since NCLB inception, the year 2014 when all students need to reach ...


Financial Literacy And Women: Overcoming The Barriers, Melissa A. Donohue May 2011

Financial Literacy And Women: Overcoming The Barriers, Melissa A. Donohue

Open Access Dissertations

Women are facing increasing financial responsibility, while at the same time, the consumer financial world is evolving at an extraordinary pace. These trends make a imperative that we better understand the evolving nature of gender-based inequities across our current socio-economic systems and intentionally examine those areas that are most essential in accelerating the narrowing of these gaps. The results of the study indicate that the assumption can on longer be made that women simply need better financial knowledge in order to reach a certain level of financial behavior, without increased access to capital. This study shows that the re-examination of ...