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Engagement Experiences: Adult English Language Learner Students In Advanced Manufacturing At A Midwestern Community College, Ahmed Kwasi Onwona-Agyeman Jan 2017

Engagement Experiences: Adult English Language Learner Students In Advanced Manufacturing At A Midwestern Community College, Ahmed Kwasi Onwona-Agyeman

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The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore and gain an in-depth understanding of the day-to-day lived engagement experiences of six adult ELL students enrolled in an advanced-manufacturing program at a midwestern community college. Specifically, this study collected the rich engagement stories andmeaning participants assignedto their stories and experiences. The essence of these experiences was solicited by asking two questions: (a) What are the perceived on-campus engagement experiences and social networks that support and promote success amongadult ELL students in advanced manufacturing and(b) Are there perceived engagement experience issues and barriers for adult ELL students? Two theories, Alexander ...


Retention And Persistence Through The Lens Of Four Black Women Community College Students, Glennda M. Bivens Jan 2016

Retention And Persistence Through The Lens Of Four Black Women Community College Students, Glennda M. Bivens

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This study focused on how four Black women described their retention and persistence; how institutional retention efforts support or hinder Black women’s perceptions of their ability to persist; and how institutional programs, processes, and policies can be transformed to support the retention and persistence of Black women attending community college. In 2012, 38 percent of Black women in college were enrolled in community colleges, 60 percent were over the age of 25, and 65.3 percent were considered low income.

Although there has been extensive research conducted on retention and persistence broadly, only two studies were identified that focused ...


Stopping Out: Experiences Of African American Females At A Midwestern Community College, Shanna Latisha Fountain Jan 2014

Stopping Out: Experiences Of African American Females At A Midwestern Community College, Shanna Latisha Fountain

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The purpose of this study was to analyze the experiences of African American female community college students who stop out, and interpret how their gender and race have influenced these lived experiences. Based on the research questions, a constructivist, narrative analysis was used to capture the experiences of the participants of this study as well as analyze the environment of their personal lives as the institution in which they have all attended.

A total of six participants were interviewed. Three semi-structured interviews were held to provide a clear understanding of each participant's experiences. When combined and analyzed, the narratives ...


Trustee Perceptions Of Effective Board Functioning: A Survey Of Elected Community College Trustees In The Midwest, Michelle Robinson Jan 2014

Trustee Perceptions Of Effective Board Functioning: A Survey Of Elected Community College Trustees In The Midwest, Michelle Robinson

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Community college governance boards in the United States are comprised of public officials who are appointed or publicly elected from the community in which their college resides. The purpose of these governance boards is to oversee the community college with respect to mission, strategic direction of the College, hiring the CEO/President and accepting fiduciary responsibility. The fiduciary role of board members, also known as trustees, has become more critical as funding sources have been on the decline. The reality of diminishing budgets has also sparked an increase in outcomes-based accountability, with stakeholders expecting their community college to act ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


Faculty Views Of Developmental Math Instruction At An Urban Community College: A Critical Pedagogy Analysis, Chad Everett Kee Jan 2013

Faculty Views Of Developmental Math Instruction At An Urban Community College: A Critical Pedagogy Analysis, Chad Everett Kee

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A disproportionate number of students entering postsecondary education are considered academically unprepared and not ready for college-level work (ACT, 2011). A majority of those students are students of color, particularly those who identify as African-American or Latino and come from low-income families (Bragg, Eunyoung, & Barnett, 2006; Green, 2006; Ogbu, 1990). Due to the lack of readiness, colleges and universities, specifically community colleges, are challenged to meet the academic needs of students by offering developmental education courses such as Developmental English and/or Developmental Math. Mathematics in postsecondary education has been proven to be a gatekeeper regarding college completion due to math ...


Academic And Social Integration Variables Influencing The Success Of Community College Transfer Students In Undergraduate Engineering Programs, Marcia Rae Laugerman Jan 2012

Academic And Social Integration Variables Influencing The Success Of Community College Transfer Students In Undergraduate Engineering Programs, Marcia Rae Laugerman

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The goal of this dissertation is to collect and analyze data to determine success strategies for community college (CC) transfers to engineering. It does so by analyzing transcript level data collected longitudinally over a 10-year period as community college transfer students' progress before and after transfer into an engineering program. Characteristics of successful students are identified in terms of the academic and social integration variables using descriptive and inferential statistics. In addition to providing data analysis, the results determine distinctive strategies to increase the success of community college transfers in engineering.

The research was funded by the National Science ...


Engineering Transfer Student Leavers: Voices From The Sidelines Of The Engineering Playing Field, Mary Elizabeth Darrow Jan 2012

Engineering Transfer Student Leavers: Voices From The Sidelines Of The Engineering Playing Field, Mary Elizabeth Darrow

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The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand and illuminate the experiences and stories of Midwestern Community College transfer students who entered and left engineering at a large Midwestern research university. Participants were invited based the following selection criteria: (1) Midwestern Community College transfer students who enter engineering; (2) completion of Calculus I and II, Physics, Chemistry, English I and II prior to transferring; (3) stayed in engineering at least 2 semesters; and (4) left engineering in the Fall 2010, Spring 2011, or Fall 2011 semesters for another major.

Eight students participated in this qualitative study. The researcher encouraged ...


A Comparison Of Accelerated And Non-Accelerated Students And The Effect On Graduation At A Midwestern Rural Community College, Michelle Marie Schmit Jan 2011

A Comparison Of Accelerated And Non-Accelerated Students And The Effect On Graduation At A Midwestern Rural Community College, Michelle Marie Schmit

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Accelerated programs, also referred to as dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment, provide an opportunity for high school students to earn both high school and college credit by enrolling in specified college courses. These programs provide high school students with the opportunity to experience the college atmosphere, get an early start on college classes, pay less towards their total college expenses, and supplement their high school coursework with more rigorous curriculum.

Far fewer students complete college than intended. Many plan to go, but do not have a realistic idea of what that means or where to begin. Since 1985, dual enrollment ...


The Role Of Phi Theta Kappa Membership In Community College Student Engagement, Marjorie Maye Welch Jan 2011

The Role Of Phi Theta Kappa Membership In Community College Student Engagement, Marjorie Maye Welch

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Enrollment in American community colleges has increased dramatically over the last few decades. Currently, close to one half of all undergraduate students in the United States are enrolled in a community college. Historically, community college students were often viewed as at-risk for noncompletion of their educational program. A component of the educational experience identified by researchers that can be used to predict college persistence is the existence of high levels of student engagement (Astin, 1999). Many student behavior variables may be used to quantitatively measure student engagement. These variables include: time spent preparing for class, participation level during class discussions ...


The Community College Nursing Director: A Leader In The Community College And Nursing Profession, Brenda Lee Krogh Duree Jan 2011

The Community College Nursing Director: A Leader In The Community College And Nursing Profession, Brenda Lee Krogh Duree

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The profession of nursing occurs in complicated work environments that require individuals to be immersed in areas with vulnerable populations that demand nurturing relationships between patients, family, friends, and employees. With the majority of nurses obtaining their initial education at a community college, strong leadership at the helm of the nursing programs is critical. The community college nurse leader is charged with tackling the challenges of: staying abreast of a rapidly changing healthcare system, providing quality educational programs for future nurses, addressing a national nursing shortage, and confronting a nurse educator shortage that oftentimes supplies the pool of future nurse ...


The Role Of Mentoring In Community College Presidential Preparation, Jeffery Rabey Jan 2011

The Role Of Mentoring In Community College Presidential Preparation, Jeffery Rabey

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An impending leadership crisis looms for America's community colleges due to the large number of senior level administrators anticipating retirement in the near future. An estimated 80% of current community college presidents intend to retire within the next 10 years. Coupled with the lack of qualified, willing personnel to assume the leadership roles in the community college pipeline, a leadership crisis is inevitible for community colleges. With nearly half the students enrolling in undergraduate education choosing the community college (American Association of Community Colleges [AACC], 2008), it is imperative that community colleges begin to identify and prepare midlevel administrators ...


Community College Athletes: The Influence Of The Chance To Compete On College Choice, Patricia Ann Rinke Jan 2011

Community College Athletes: The Influence Of The Chance To Compete On College Choice, Patricia Ann Rinke

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Intercollegiate athletes are an important and viable group of students for many colleges, including community colleges. These students can add to the student life experience, increase exposure of institution to the community, and enhance enrollment. Despite the large number of community college athletes, there is little literature on the experiences, recruitment, and college choice patterns of community college athletes.

Currently, there are a few studies on college choice of college athletes; however, most of this literature focuses on athletes in powerhouse programs. There are also studies on college choice of community college students; however, this literature generally does not focus ...


Real Diversity Or Just Another Mask: An Ethnomethodological Study Of Authentic Ethnicity Of African-American Community College Administrators, Albert Devon Farr Jan 2011

Real Diversity Or Just Another Mask: An Ethnomethodological Study Of Authentic Ethnicity Of African-American Community College Administrators, Albert Devon Farr

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At the turn of the 20th century, W.E.B. DuBois theorized that African Americans, then referred to as Negroes, are forced to live a life of "double-consciousness" for survival. He asserts that navigating the thin line between the cultural expectations of White mainstream America, and being one's authentic self, creates immeasurable stress and contempt. This ethnomethodological inquiry of racial and cultural dynamics of the community college seeks to understand the intentional strategies of seven African American community college presidents and chancellors, as they balance their authentic selves and the cultural mainstream of the community and the college. This ...


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

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

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


Presidential Transition: The Experience Of Two Interim Community College Presidents, Matthew Dennis Thompson Jan 2010

Presidential Transition: The Experience Of Two Interim Community College Presidents, Matthew Dennis Thompson

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The purpose of this qualitative case study was to understand the experiences of two community college interim presidents, their characteristics, and how they led institutions following an abrupt presidential departure. There were two fundamental questions framing this research study,

1. How do two interim community college presidents lead community colleges during a presidential transition?

2. How is an interim community college president`s leadership perceived by faculty and staff during a period of presidential transition?

There were two participating institutions in this study. The colleges, given the pseudonyms Urban Community College and Rural Community College District, were distinctly different. Urban ...


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

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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 ...


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

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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 ...


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 ...


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

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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 ...