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Development Of Male Social Justice Allies Of Women In College: A Case Study Investigation Of Possibilities For Change, Penny Jo Rice Jan 2009

Development Of Male Social Justice Allies Of Women In College: A Case Study Investigation Of Possibilities For Change, Penny Jo Rice

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

College students have been socialized within a patriarchal, male dominated system and have accumulated many life experiences prior to arriving on campus. These experiences could present challenges in communication, may limit the students' ability to develop intimate and meaningful relationships with others, and create struggles during and after college, personally and professionally, for students, their peers and community. This descriptive, embedded, multiple-case study was conducted to explore the effect a half-semester course titled Gender Justice has on male college students' perceptions, beliefs, and actions regarding gender role assignments and their ability to be social justice allies of women. The course ...


Community College Nursing And Allied Health Education Programs, And Iowa's Healthcare Workforce, Michael Patrick Mclaughlin Jan 2009

Community College Nursing And Allied Health Education Programs, And Iowa's Healthcare Workforce, Michael Patrick Mclaughlin

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

As the nation's population ages and the Baby Boom generation nears retirement, the need for skilled healthcare workers in Iowa and across the nation grows. Healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, and one of the top industries for job growth and job creation in Iowa. The increase in the number of healthcare positions required--combined with the rapid and complex changes in healthcare delivery and healthcare technology--places an increased burden on Iowa's healthcare education system in its charge to provide an adequate supply of skilled healthcare workers.

Iowa's comprehensive community colleges ...


The Future Value Of Interscholastic Participation: An Analysis Of The Impact Of Participation On Future Earnings And Educational Attainment, William Robert Watson Jan 2009

The Future Value Of Interscholastic Participation: An Analysis Of The Impact Of Participation On Future Earnings And Educational Attainment, William Robert Watson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to investigate the future value of interscholastic participation in extracurricular activities on the individual student level. In this study, two relationships were examined: (a) the relationship between high school student participation and postsecondary educational attainment, and (b) the relationship between high school student participation and future wage earnings. For decades, there has been an overwhelming sentiment that participation in athletics and other extracurricular activities is beneficial to the student. However, very little research has been conducted on extracurricular activities, let alone the relationship between activities and future benefits.

Four different analyses were used in ...


Predicting Job Satisfaction Among Iowa Community College Adjunct Faculty Members: Use And Application Of Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory, Steven Dwight Schulz Jan 2009

Predicting Job Satisfaction Among Iowa Community College Adjunct Faculty Members: Use And Application Of Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory, Steven Dwight Schulz

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Over the past few decades, institutions of higher education have increased their dependence on part-time faculty members (Gappa & Leslie, 1993). Factors influencing this trend include: (a) increases in instruction-related costs relative to revenues; (b) efforts by academic administrators to achieve staffing flexibility; (c) the number of individuals who have been unable to obtain full-time teaching positions; and (d) the growth of community colleges which traditionally have employed large percentages of part-time faculty members (Valadez & Antony, 2001; NCES, 2000).

The purpose of this study was to examine the current level of adjunct faculty >bold>job satisfaction in Iowa's 15 community colleges and to determine if satisfaction variables can be used to predict overall job satisfaction. The unit ...


Transfer Students In Theatre: A Narrative Study Of Transferring From Community Colleges To Four-Year Institutions, Jennifer Anne Terry Boyenga Jan 2009

Transfer Students In Theatre: A Narrative Study Of Transferring From Community Colleges To Four-Year Institutions, Jennifer Anne Terry Boyenga

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The transfer student phenomenon in higher education is as increasingly complex as the transfer students causing the phenomenon. The collection of narratives in this study reflected transfer experiences of theatre students who were navigating the educational pipeline from community colleges to four-year institutions to major in the theatre discipline. An analysis of the narratives using Schlossberg's transition theory (1984) and the Schlossberg, Waters, and Goodman transition model (1995) identified the issues of transfer which impacted theatre students as they transferred from community colleges to four-year institutions. The issues of transfer identified in the study were simultaneously unique to the ...


Older Baby Boomers Seeking Collegiate Degrees: Developmental Influences On Educational And Vocational Aspirations, Jane L. Schaefer Jan 2009

Older Baby Boomers Seeking Collegiate Degrees: Developmental Influences On Educational And Vocational Aspirations, Jane L. Schaefer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Several national trends are converging to impact adult education today. First, the increasing presence of adults in higher education is accentuated by the expansive Baby Boom generation who are demanding greater access to the higher education system in the United States. Second, regarding workforce and economic development in the 21st century, employers in many industries are experiencing a workforce shortage in both numbers and skill levels of employees (Schultz, 2001; Stein, 2000). Even though four out of five Baby Boomers desire to continue working beyond typical retirement age, many will require upgraded skills and credentials (Freedman, 2005b). A third significant ...


Post-College Earnings Of Iowa Community College Career And Technical Education Students: Analysis Of Selected Career Clusters, Kenneth Joseph Maguire Jan 2009

Post-College Earnings Of Iowa Community College Career And Technical Education Students: Analysis Of Selected Career Clusters, Kenneth Joseph Maguire

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The economic impact of community colleges has become an important factor at both state and national levels. The purpose of this study was to identify and understand specific factors such as gender, age, degree attainment and annual gain in earnings that influence fifth-year post-college earnings of Iowa community college students in career and technical education in selected national career clusters. This study analyzed the predictive power of community college students' background characteristics and their highest award attained to their fifth-year annual earnings.

Existing data sets were matched to capture information on students' education and earnings. These data sets were: Iowa ...


Leadership, Loss, And Healing: A Study Of Women Community College Leaders Who Left The Presidency, Robin Kathryn Shaffer Lilienthal Jan 2009

Leadership, Loss, And Healing: A Study Of Women Community College Leaders Who Left The Presidency, Robin Kathryn Shaffer Lilienthal

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to extend research on female community college presidents by (a) describing and examining the experiences of women who have experienced difficult leadership positions that resulted in departures from community college presidencies; and (b) exploring how these women have made meaning from this experience. Three female community college presidents who had experienced a difficult leadership experience that resulted in leaving the presidency were interviewed to learn about how they viewed their leadership experiences, described what they had learned about leadership, explained about presidential relationships with governing boards, and constructed meaning as a result of ...


The Voices And Experiences Of College 101 Students At Kirkwood Community College, Wendy Joy Lingo Jan 2009

The Voices And Experiences Of College 101 Students At Kirkwood Community College, Wendy Joy Lingo

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to provide insight into how community college students experienced college after completing a first-year experience course. The population studied included students at the main campus of Kirkwood Community College, a comprehensive community college in a suburban setting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The study examined the experience of the Kirkwood students who successfully completed College 101, Kirkwood's first-year experience course. Research questions included: Did the completion of the College 101 course in their first semester influence students' academic success? Did the completion of College 101 in their first semester influence students' sense of ...


Leading Them To Water: A Study Of The Efficacy Of A Mandatory Placement Project In First-Year Academic Courses At A Community College, Janet Elizabeth Emmerson Jan 2009

Leading Them To Water: A Study Of The Efficacy Of A Mandatory Placement Project In First-Year Academic Courses At A Community College, Janet Elizabeth Emmerson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Student retention is a topic at the forefront for all post secondary education institutions. Supporting students in their studies, providing the resources to empower them to complete their education is a critical component in the quality and success of colleges. It is also a fiscal concern for colleges. While first year programs abound, community colleges are faced with the challenges of a largely commuter population with very diverse backgrounds. Community colleges are also by mission, open access institutions.

This quantitative research study looked at a mandatory placement project piloted at a central Iowa community college in 2006 and 2007. It ...


African American College Men Holding Leadership Roles In Majority White Student Groups, Terrence L. Frazier Jan 2009

African American College Men Holding Leadership Roles In Majority White Student Groups, Terrence L. Frazier

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Examining the experience of African American college men has been a subject of many higher education scholars. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to be aware of the lived experience of seven African American college men who hold/held leadership positions in a majority White student group. Using symbolic interactionism and phenomenology as my framework in order to better understand how these men make meaning of their experience leading a majority White group, four themes emerged from this study: natural transition; the pull between Black and White environments; perfectionism; and power and influence.

Implications for student affairs at PWIs ...


Leadership Competencies Of Branch Campus Administrators In Multi-Campus Community College Systems, Kitty Shean Conover Jan 2009

Leadership Competencies Of Branch Campus Administrators In Multi-Campus Community College Systems, Kitty Shean Conover

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Community college leaders are retiring faster than replacements are being prepared creating what is predicted to be a leadership crisis. To keep community colleges functioning in their critical role of providing wider access to higher education and workforce training and re-training, future leaders need to have the skills to lead complex organizations. To advance community colleges to a level of excellence, future community college leaders need to be prepared to be excellent leaders.

This research project was designed to seek out the skills and abilities needed to be an effective community college leader and to investigate the level of preparedness ...


Understanding The Study Abroad Experience Of University Students, Christine Lynne Gemignani Jan 2009

Understanding The Study Abroad Experience Of University Students, Christine Lynne Gemignani

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of culture learning in study abroad through the perceptions of undergraduate students who studied abroad. The study is based in an interpretive qualitative research approach. Interviews were conducted with 13 undergraduate students who studied abroad in a variety of study abroad programs. What students shared about their perspectives on culture learning is situated within the context of their overall learning experience abroad, thus allowing for an understanding of the meaning of the study abroad experience for students. The study is framed by the theory of student involvement (Astin, 1985). This ...


A Comparison Of The Enrollment And Academic Success Of Dual Credit And Non-Dual Credit Students At Des Moines Area Community College, Randy Alan Mead Jan 2009

A Comparison Of The Enrollment And Academic Success Of Dual Credit And Non-Dual Credit Students At Des Moines Area Community College, Randy Alan Mead

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The role of the community college is multi-faceted and provides expanded access and opportunities to numerous students at all levels. Post-secondary institutions, primarily community colleges throughout the United States, have recently expanded their partnerships with secondary schools to create opportunities which provide students to be enrolled in college course while still enrolled in high school. These high school students are enrolling in higher education at record rates as they participate in these expanding partnerships. These "seamless" educational opportunities are designed specifically for students at the high school level and are known nationally as "dual credit, "concurrent enrollment," and "joint enrollment ...


Life Experiences Of Displaced Workers: From Closing Plants To Their Journey Through Iowa Community Colleges, Anisha La Velle Samuels Jan 2009

Life Experiences Of Displaced Workers: From Closing Plants To Their Journey Through Iowa Community Colleges, Anisha La Velle Samuels

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to illuminate the life experiences of displaced workers enrolled in community colleges for retraining and their views on obtaining employment after completion of a degree. The study is important because it provides qualitative data that will inform community college academic leadership, faculty, student affairs professionals, staff, and others. These data can be used to create a culture of evidence and inform diverse audiences about the experiences of displaced workers in the community college. Ultimately, data should be used to inform leaders, faculty, and staff about how to address the issues displaced workers face ...


From Vision To Learning: Effectiveness Measures Of Christian School Boards, Ryan Glenn Zonnefeld Jan 2009

From Vision To Learning: Effectiveness Measures Of Christian School Boards, Ryan Glenn Zonnefeld

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This exploratory study investigated the effectiveness of Christian School boards, as perceived by its members, and examined patterns and characteristics that describe internal board activities. The study employed a quantitative survey research design that revealed areas of strength and areas of growth for Christian School board operations. Board effectiveness was measured in accordance with Smoley's (1999) Model for Effective School Boards.

The research focused on four questions: (a) What are the background characteristics of Christian School board members? (b) What patterns exist in the Christian School board effectiveness ratings of school board members, presidents, and school administrators? (c) Are ...


Service On The Community College Campus: The Millennial Generation Perspective, Kristie Lynn Fisher Jan 2009

Service On The Community College Campus: The Millennial Generation Perspective, Kristie Lynn Fisher

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this phenomenological study is to explore how Millennial generation students (born 1982 or after) experience the services they receive in the community college setting at Kirkwood Community College, a comprehensive community college in a suburban setting in eastern Iowa. The overarching research question for the study is: How do Millennial generation students describe their experiences with service staff on the Kirkwood campus? Among the secondary research questions include: How widely do Millennial generation students describe themselves as "customers" of the community college? How can the characteristics of the Millennial generation help community colleges understand the relationship between ...