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Administrative Structural Variables: Towards Greater Retention And Efficiencies, Narren J. Brown Jan 2013

Administrative Structural Variables: Towards Greater Retention And Efficiencies, Narren J. Brown

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Combining institutional data and measures with predictive analyses is a viable means by which to determine where and how to allocate all too limited institutional resources and programming. There are not many among us who would argue against the richness of data and depth of understanding of a phenomenon that are gained through focus groups and interviews and other qualitative research methods. However, these techniques are both time-consuming and expensive. Furthermore, it has been my experience that these types of research methods make for great research publications but rarely lead to timely, substantive, or continually evolving structural change within the ...


The Perspectives Of University Administrators Towards International Leadership, Study Abroad Programs, And Cooperative Agreements In Central American Public And Private Universities, Aurelio Curbelo Jan 2013

The Perspectives Of University Administrators Towards International Leadership, Study Abroad Programs, And Cooperative Agreements In Central American Public And Private Universities, Aurelio Curbelo

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As the world becomes globalized by the influence of science and technology, academic institutions in Central America must provide international academic and research opportunities that are conductive to multicultural learning for students, faculty, and staff. Public and private universities in Central America are attempting to increase awareness about their international leadership, study abroad programs, and cooperative agreements to compete in the global market of higher education. As a result, undergraduate students in the region are currently participating in global experiential learning programs under the guidance of faculty mentors. Students experience unique teaching methods, conduct scientific research projects, practice a different ...


Predicting Community College Transfer Student Success: The Role Of Community College Academic Experiences On Post-Transfer Adjustment, Kristin Leanne Woods Jan 2013

Predicting Community College Transfer Student Success: The Role Of Community College Academic Experiences On Post-Transfer Adjustment, Kristin Leanne Woods

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Community college students who transfer to four-year universities face a variety of academic, social, and psychological challenges as they adjust to new postsecondary institutions (Laanan, 2001; Townsend, 2008). Student success through the transfer process is positively influenced by accumulated knowledge, skills, and experiences from the community college environment, characterized as transfer student capital (Laanan, Starobin, and Eggleston, 2011; Moser, 2012). Because community college students are less likely to interact with their institutions through structured out-of-classroom living-learning communities, it is especially important to examine the role of classroom experiences on educational outcomes for this population (Tinto, 2000).

The purpose of this ...


A Phenomenological Study Of Life-Changing Adult Learning In A Two-Course Leadership Development Series, Scott N. Paja Jan 2013

A Phenomenological Study Of Life-Changing Adult Learning In A Two-Course Leadership Development Series, Scott N. Paja

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative study explored perceptions of graduate students who experienced their learning as life-changing in a two-course leadership development series. Using a phenomenological methodology, participants were former students who declared in an unprompted manner to the faculty leader, either during engagement in the series or after completing the course, that their learning was life-changing. These transformed individuals were also asked at the time they were solicited to participate whether they upheld the experience as life-changing. Only those individuals who continued to view the two-course series as transformational were interviewed for this study because the purpose was twofold: (1) to learn ...


Learning And Power In International Farmer Exchanges, Stephen August Lauer Jan 2013

Learning And Power In International Farmer Exchanges, Stephen August Lauer

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The "Bridging the Gap" program provides an opportunity to explore the relationships between learning and power in international agricultural development partnerships. A USAID-funded partnership between Iowa State University and Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns, this farmer-to-farmer program sent groups of Iowan women farmers to Uganda to teach Ugandan women farmers with the objectives that Ugandans would move from subsistence to commercial farming and that both groups would benefit from the cultural exchange. Data were collected primarily through semi-structured qualitative interviews of 28 Ugandan farmers, 7 Iowan farmers, and several program staff, and were analyzed using a grounded-theory approach. This thesis ...


Asian American Transfer Students: The Intersection Of Race & Class, Joyce Lui Jan 2013

Asian American Transfer Students: The Intersection Of Race & Class, Joyce Lui

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There has been a limited body of research on Asian American students, specifically regarding community college attendance and the transfer process. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore and understand how Asian American transfer students navigate the community college, their transfer processes, as well as their post-transfer experiences. Using Critical Race Theory as the guiding framework for this study, five themes emerged: parents' expectations, academic majors, a sense of community, old and alone, and class matters. Implications for community colleges and four year institutions, as well as future research ideas are discussed.


Student Engagement And Student Characteristics As Predictors Of Student Academic Achievement At Illinois Community Colleges, Randall Louis Egdorf Jan 2013

Student Engagement And Student Characteristics As Predictors Of Student Academic Achievement At Illinois Community Colleges, Randall Louis Egdorf

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to discover which student engagement variables and student characteristics predict student academic achievement. The research utilized the standardized national Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) to examine data from 19,516 students from 13 Illinois community colleges.

The outcome of student academic achievement was measured by grade point average and total credit hours. The predictive independent variables in this study were student engagement variables from the five standardized composite CCSSE benchmarks and the 38 individual variables from those benchmarks, and student characteristics. Descriptive statistics and ordinal logistic regression were used to analyze ...


Multicultural Students And Civic Education: A Qualitative Analysis Of Multicultural Graduate College Students' Experiences Of Civic Engagement, Ganna Kokoza Jan 2013

Multicultural Students And Civic Education: A Qualitative Analysis Of Multicultural Graduate College Students' Experiences Of Civic Engagement, Ganna Kokoza

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative study explores the civic engagement experiences of six student participants who identify as African American, Asian, Latino/a and Native American. Considering the emphasis the previous research has put on multicultural students' lack of participation in civic engagement (Foster-Bey, 2008; Levine, 2009; Verba, Scholzman & Brady, 1995) and current efforts to reform civic education (Sherrod, Torney-Purta & Flanagan, 2010), the specific goal of this thesis is to bring the voices of the multicultural student participants into current discussions on civic engagement.

Using phenomenology as a methodological framework, the participants were purposefully selected from a large, land-grant, Midwestern university to take part in semi-structured interviews. Data were coded, thematically analyzed and organized into two areas: (1) sense of belonging; and (2) making sense of civic engagement.

Sense of belonging was found to have a profound impact on the participants' experiences of civic engagement. Defined by the participants as a feeling of connectedness, sense of belonging motivated them to seek out civic engagement opportunities and to stay focused to perform their civic-related activities. At ...


The Community College President And The New Norm: Perceptions Of Preparedness To Take An Entrepreneurial Stance In Seeking Ethical Alternative Funding, Gregory Thomas Jan 2013

The Community College President And The New Norm: Perceptions Of Preparedness To Take An Entrepreneurial Stance In Seeking Ethical Alternative Funding, Gregory Thomas

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The United States is currently enduring an economic downturn that has not been experienced since the great depression of the 1930s. The overall collapse of the economy has had an adverse impact on higher education. Arguably the public community college has faced greater fiscal hardship than any other branch of American higher education. The community college has encountered a complex assortment of challenges. In recent years the community college has experienced historical reductions in state appropriations, while at the same time experiencing record-breaking enrollment growth and increased performance expectations. Although enrollment numbers are beginning to level off, they still ...


Technology And Tasks For Bridging The Language-Content Gap: Teacher-Researcher Collaboration In A Third-Year Spanish Writing Course, Jesse Soule Gleason Jan 2013

Technology And Tasks For Bridging The Language-Content Gap: Teacher-Researcher Collaboration In A Third-Year Spanish Writing Course, Jesse Soule Gleason

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Many scholars have noted the disjunction between language instruction at the lower- and upper levels of FL study (Byrnes, 2002; Kraemer, 2008; Lord, 2014; Maxim, 2005; Schultz, 2000; Swaffar & Arens, 2005). Whereas lower-division courses tend to focus primarily on learning grammatical patterns and the "four skills," upper-level courses focus mainly on content. This language-content gap is problematic for learners, who often arrive to upper-level courses unprepared for the types of learning that occur there. By providing students a bridge between lower-level and upper-level courses, third-year FL courses carry a heavy responsibility: They must integrate the language-focus familiar to students at ...


Adult Learners And Student Engagement: A Study Of The Influence Of Student Engagement On Community College Students And Their Intention To Transfer, Ryan Anderson Jan 2013

Adult Learners And Student Engagement: A Study Of The Influence Of Student Engagement On Community College Students And Their Intention To Transfer, Ryan Anderson

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Community colleges serve as the postsecondary college of choice for many adult students. Community colleges are aware of their increased role in postsecondary education and understand that they must continue to analyze student populations and adapt to their needs as well as maintain their open access philosophy.

This study was conducted at the 15 community college districts in the state with the intention to develop a deeper understanding of the influence of student engagement on adult community college students' transfer intentions and STEM aspirations. The study utilized the new STEM Student Success Literacy survey instrument. The purpose of this study ...


Latino Educational Opportunity In Discourse And Policy: A Critical And Policy Discourse Analysis Of The White House Initiative On Educational Excellence For Hispanics, Susana Hernandez Jan 2013

Latino Educational Opportunity In Discourse And Policy: A Critical And Policy Discourse Analysis Of The White House Initiative On Educational Excellence For Hispanics, Susana Hernandez

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This study interrogates how federal policy discursively shapes Latino educational opportunity and equity. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) represents the pre-eminent federal discourse on Latino educational opportunity, and sets the parameters by which institutions are able to be informed and respond to its espoused objectives. Despite the recommendations and strategies previously conveyed by WHIEEH reports, Latino educational equity remains to be achieved. This study adopts critical and policy discourse analyses as methodological tools to identify the discourses that are informing how the policy subjects, problems, and solutions are being constructed and produced through the WHIEEH ...


Predictors Of Latina/O Community College Student Vocational Choice Of Stem Fields: Testing Of The Stem-Vocational Choice Model, Joel Darren Johnson Jan 2013

Predictors Of Latina/O Community College Student Vocational Choice Of Stem Fields: Testing Of The Stem-Vocational Choice Model, Joel Darren Johnson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study confirmed appropriate measurement model fit for a theoretical model, the STEM vocational choice (STEM-VC) model. This model identifies exogenous factors that successfully predicted, at a statistically significant level, a student's vocational choice decision to pursue a STEM degree at transfer. The student population examined for this study was Latina/o community college students enrolled at a 2-year college in Florida.

Latina/o community college students were selected as a target population, as they represent the largest underrepresented demographic in the United States. Increasing student degree attainment, particularly in STEM fields for this ethnic population, would provide economic ...


Inside Out: An Evaluation Of The College 101 Experience, Thomas M. O'Shea Jan 2013

Inside Out: An Evaluation Of The College 101 Experience, Thomas M. O'Shea

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Campus orientation and first year experience programs are becoming an everyday part of campus life at institutions across the country. One such program at Kirkwood Community College is College 101. College 101 is a semester long course designed to aid in the students' successful transition to Kirkwood academically, socially and personally. My research focuses on learning why students are enrolling in the course, influences on their decision to enroll in the course, what expectations they have for the course and to gain feedback from them on what aspects of the curriculum are beneficial to their success, and what aspects ...


Female Community College Presidents: Sharing Stories Of First-Year Experiences, Darla Annette Nibbelink Struck Jan 2013

Female Community College Presidents: Sharing Stories Of First-Year Experiences, Darla Annette Nibbelink Struck

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As more females enter administrative positions in the field of education, the significance of females assuming presidency positions increases. With many administrators nearing retirement in the community college system, leadership opportunities for females will become more readily available.

The purpose of this qualitative study was to share the stories of female midwestern community college presidents from their first year in that leadership position. A total of five participants were interviewed using a series of semistructured interviews. The four research questions were: (1) How do female community college presidents describe their pathways to a presidency position? (2) How do female ...


Which Advanced Mathematics Courses Influence Act Score? A State Level Analysis Of The Iowa Class Of 2012, Mary L. Grinstead Jan 2013

Which Advanced Mathematics Courses Influence Act Score? A State Level Analysis Of The Iowa Class Of 2012, Mary L. Grinstead

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This study explores the relationship between specific advanced mathematics courses and college readiness (as determined by ACT score). The ACT organization has found a consistent relationship between taking a minimum core number of mathematics courses and higher ACT scores (mathematics and composite) (ACT, Inc., 2012c). However, the extent to which individual advanced mathematics courses increase ACT scores when prior achievement is controlled is unknown. The relationship between trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, advanced placement (AP) calculus, and AP statistics, and ACT composite and mathematics scores are examined using a general linear model. The sample for the study included members of the Iowa ...


Tools For Success: Understanding The Efficacy Of Technology In Iowa Community College English Composition Instruction, Rebecca Lee Peterson Jan 2013

Tools For Success: Understanding The Efficacy Of Technology In Iowa Community College English Composition Instruction, Rebecca Lee Peterson

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This study examines the uses and perceived effectiveness of technology in Iowa community college English composition instruction. A survey of those who teach English composition in Iowa community colleges and in-depth interviews with four instructors were conducted. The results show that community college English instructors use a wide variety of technologies in instruction and agree that technology use assists students during the various steps of the composing process. Instructors also said that technology can have a positive effect on some elements of the finished product, but that higher order concepts, including thesis development and creativity, are not enhanced by technology ...


A Case Study Of English Language Learners Who Have Successfully Completed A Healthcare Education Program, Theresa Ann Mccloud Smith Jan 2013

A Case Study Of English Language Learners Who Have Successfully Completed A Healthcare Education Program, Theresa Ann Mccloud Smith

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The purpose of this study was to determine if English Language Learners (ELLs), who had successfully completed a healthcare education program, identified support services as having an impact on their academic success, and to identify what support services were critical to their successful completion of the healthcare education program. The researcher was interested in learning how higher education institutions, that offer healthcare education programs, could better support ELLs to be successful in their chosen program.

A qualitative case study methodology was used for this study. Five ELLs who successfully completed a healthcare education program at a small, private, health sciences ...


Professor Camp: A Phenomenological Study Of The Origin And Persistence Of The Wakonse Conference On College Teaching And Learning, Michelle Lea Boettcher Jan 2013

Professor Camp: A Phenomenological Study Of The Origin And Persistence Of The Wakonse Conference On College Teaching And Learning, Michelle Lea Boettcher

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This study examines the Wakonse Conference on Teaching and Learning through an organizational development lens. It explores why the conference was created and why it has continued for 24 years. Using this phenomenological case study provides insight into both the organizational elements involved in this conference, but also how the roles of individuals have contributed to the persistence of this conference.

The three founders who have been active with Wakonse from since its inception along with five other participants who have attended the conference for at least four years were interviewed. Through interviews with the conference founders and long-term participants ...


Making Their Way: An Interpretive Case Study Of Male First-Generation Students Attending A Highly Selective Liberal Arts College, Mark Richard Peltz Jan 2013

Making Their Way: An Interpretive Case Study Of Male First-Generation Students Attending A Highly Selective Liberal Arts College, Mark Richard Peltz

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This qualitative study focused on the experiences of eight male first-generation college students attending Kenmont College (pseudonym), a highly selective, residential liberal arts college located in the Midwestern United States. While first-generation college students have been studied in various contexts, very little is known about what attracts these students to highly selective institutions, particularly liberal arts colleges, and what environmental attributes influence their curricular and co-curricular experiences through college. Using a collective case study as the methodological roadmap (Case, 1995), the students, each viewed as a distinct case, were purposively selected from a sample of 28 male first-generation students who ...


Building Student Connections: A Successful First-Year Experience Course And Community College Retention, Barbara Jean Klein Jan 2013

Building Student Connections: A Successful First-Year Experience Course And Community College Retention, Barbara Jean Klein

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The purpose of this study was to examine and describe the extent to which student entry variables and student experiences influence student outcomes related to social and academic integration and student retention. A unique focus in this study centers around the development of a first-year experience course and its impact on student retention. Astin's input-environment-output model was utilized to determine the effects of various input and environmental variables.

This study was designed to contribute to the literature on developing a first-year experience course and the impact student variables and interactions can have on retention of community college students. Much ...


Understanding The Journey: A Phenomenological Study Of College Students' Lived Experiences During The Weight-Loss Process, Michael W. Davis Jan 2013

Understanding The Journey: A Phenomenological Study Of College Students' Lived Experiences During The Weight-Loss Process, Michael W. Davis

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Although numerous studies have focused on understanding various aspects of the science of weight loss and weight gain in college students, understanding how the weight-loss process affects college students psychologically and behaviorally may help administrators and student affairs professionals to better work with students on their campuses. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the experiences of college students in the weight-loss process. Three models--Transtheoretical, Stages of Change, and Health Belief--were used as guiding frameworks and foundations to understand where the students are in the weight-loss process. The data from this study yielded four significant themes: (a) separating ...


A Case Study Examining How Students Make Meaning Out Of Using Facebook As A Virtual Learning Community At A Midwestern University, Jerome Hilscher Jan 2013

A Case Study Examining How Students Make Meaning Out Of Using Facebook As A Virtual Learning Community At A Midwestern University, Jerome Hilscher

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how peer mentors make meaning out of using Facebook as a virtual learning community. With the prevalence of Facebook usage by college students, and the introduction of Facebook into academic settings by educators, program facilitators, administrators, and recruiters, researchers have begun to examine the impact of Facebook as a virtual learning community. Currently, there has been a missing voice in the research, the voice of the students involved in the use of Facebook as a virtual learning community. Facebook presents itself as an ideal vehicle for a virtual learning community ...


Defining Moments Of Women Acuho-I Presidents, Lyn Redington Jan 2013

Defining Moments Of Women Acuho-I Presidents, Lyn Redington

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The time has come to tell the stories of women who have served as president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I). This qualitative study focused on three of the eleven women who were elected to this prestigious position. While there is a plethora of research about women in leadership positions, including those in academics, there is a paucity of information about women who have served as president of this specific association. This research includes stories of these women and provides information about their family backgrounds, career paths, personal and professional mentors, and defining moments they ...


Myers-Briggs® Preferences And Academic Success In The First College Semester, Debra K. Sanborn Jan 2013

Myers-Briggs® Preferences And Academic Success In The First College Semester, Debra K. Sanborn

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This research examined aspects of Myers-Briggs® (MBTI®) preferences and academic success in the first college semester. Precollege characteristics of ACT and class rank, academic performance during the first semester of college, and MBTI preference were analyzed for their significance among students within a learning community at a Midwest research university, fall 2004 to fall 2011. Statistical analyses were completed to determine if there is a relationship between type preference and academic success. ENFP, the preference for Extraverted Intuition with Feeling and Perceiving, was the most frequent type preference for students in the sample. ENFP was found to negatively relate to ...


A Study Of The Influence Of Student Engagement On Community College Students' Intentions To Transfer And Stem Aspirations, Bianca Marie Myers Jan 2013

A Study Of The Influence Of Student Engagement On Community College Students' Intentions To Transfer And Stem Aspirations, Bianca Marie Myers

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Community colleges serve as the college of choice for nearly half of all postsecondary students. The role of the community college continues to adapt and change, and the colleges that were once seen as vocational and technical schools now serve as a jumping off point to future educational endeavors and a variety of careers and occupations. Community colleges are aware of their increased role in postsecondary education and understand that they must continue to study their students and adapt to their needs to stay at the educational forefront.

This study was conducted at the 15 community college districts in ...


Learning Engagement Of Students In Clinical Healthcare Internships, Robert Jerome Loch Jan 2013

Learning Engagement Of Students In Clinical Healthcare Internships, Robert Jerome Loch

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Students who select healthcare education enter an environment that can be different from general liberal arts education. There is a rigor and prescription that is unique to healthcare education curriculum. This study examined how student learning engagement may vary for students at differing stages of their healthcare education and whether or not students have no plans, plan to, or have already participated in a clinical healthcare internship.

This research study was conducted at a small, private, not-for-profit, non-residential, Catholic affiliated healthcare college in the Midwest. The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) was used to ascertain if differences existed ...


Food Defense Practices Of School Districts In Northern U.S. States, Carol J. Klitzke Jan 2013

Food Defense Practices Of School Districts In Northern U.S. States, Carol J. Klitzke

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This study assessed implementation of food defense practices in public schools in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The first phase involved a qualitative multi-site case study: one-day visits were made to five school districts in the states of Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. A principal, district foodservice director (FSD), two food production workers, and an emergency responder at each site were interviewed about food defense awareness and risk perception. Meal production and service were observed for implementation of food defense practices. In Phase Two 543 school food authorities or FSDs (36% percent of the ...


A College Preparatory Program As Investor In The Academic Social Capital Of Black Parents, Anita Rollins Jan 2013

A College Preparatory Program As Investor In The Academic Social Capital Of Black Parents, Anita Rollins

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In the world of finance an investor takes on risk by supplying capital to a company the investor believes to have a high potential for success. The purpose of this study was to understand Black parental academic social capital (what resources do parents have and/or need to support the academic success of their youth) and whether a university-delivered college preparatory program might, through its investments, increase Black parental school-based social capital. Parents in a program sponsored by a Midwestern university that is increasing the number of minoritized youth (Black, Latino/a and American Indian) who pursue degrees in science ...


Latina/O Leadership: Transforming Community Colleges, Ignacio Hernandez Jr Jan 2013

Latina/O Leadership: Transforming Community Colleges, Ignacio Hernandez Jr

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The historic mission of community colleges has focused on serving the need of their local communities. From vocational training, lifelong learning courses, to the postsecondary transfer pathway; the scope of community college has remained expansive since their founding as extensions of local secondary schools. Today's community colleges enroll the largest proportion of Latina/o students than any institutional type in higher education, yet the leadership composition of these schools does not reflect the students who enroll. The purpose of this study was to use Bordas' (2001) Latina/o Leadership Model to make sense of Latina/o community college leaders ...