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The Effect Of Student Characteristics On The Frequency Of Faculty-Student Interaction In The Community College, Bryan Dale Renfro Jan 2017

The Effect Of Student Characteristics On The Frequency Of Faculty-Student Interaction In The Community College, Bryan Dale Renfro

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The open-door policy of community colleges has presented a unique challenge to increasing graduation rates. Student entry characteristics such as family background, academic ability, as well as external forces such as family, work, and community obligations, lack of finances, and campus environments with limited opportunities to interact with others all contribute to student departure (Braxton et al., 2004). There is a need to increase retention and completion using appropriate models to improve student engagement based on studies that clearly provide insight into the faculty and student relationship. The overall purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of the ...


A Case Study Of The Development And Implementation Of Niacc’S John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Kelly Lynn Jondle Jan 2017

A Case Study Of The Development And Implementation Of Niacc’S John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Kelly Lynn Jondle

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American community colleges are vital centers of educational opportunity. They are the “neighborhood schools of higher education,” as noted by community college scholar, James Palmer; they are close to home and inclusive of their communities (RCCA, 2016, p. 1). Expected to improve their local, regional, and state economies, community colleges develop and implement educational opportunities that meet the immediate and projected needs of local businesses and industry (Dougherty & Bakia, 2000; Kasper, 2003).

In 2014, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) reported that 45 percent of all undergraduates in the United States enrolled in a community college (AACC, 2016, p. 1). In ...


Faculty Preparedness For Transition To Teaching Online Courses In The Iowa Community College Online Consortium, David Muturia Lichoro Jan 2015

Faculty Preparedness For Transition To Teaching Online Courses In The Iowa Community College Online Consortium, David Muturia Lichoro

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The recent growth of the internet has had a large impact on education and caused a growing demand for online courses at community colleges. There has also been a demand for hybrid courses, which offer a compromise between the flexibility of online courses and the personal interaction of face-to-face courses. Online and hybrid courses provide new educational opportunities for students who are unable to attend traditional face-to-face classes because of conflicts due to work and other responsibilities. This is particularly true of community college students, who are often nontraditional adult learners. Although students and institutions can clearly benefit from increasing ...


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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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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

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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 ...


Transfer Students In Stem Majors: Gender Differences In The Socialization Factors That Influence Academic And Social Adjustment, Dimitra Lynette Jackson Jan 2010

Transfer Students In Stem Majors: Gender Differences In The Socialization Factors That Influence Academic And Social Adjustment, Dimitra Lynette Jackson

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The purposes of this study were (a) to examine the socialization factors of community college transfer students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); (b) to examine the socialization factors that impact the academic and social adjustment of community college transfer students in STEM majors; and (c) to understand how female community college transfer students describe their overall socialization experiences in STEM majors. A survey was used to collect data concerning the background characteristics as well as the community college and university experiences of transfer students. A purposive sample of female community college transfer students were interviewed to gather information ...


Student Veterans Returning To A Community College: Understanding Their Transitions, Corey Bradford Rumann Jan 2010

Student Veterans Returning To A Community College: Understanding Their Transitions, Corey Bradford Rumann

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Higher education and the military have been linked throughout history in the United States. Now, with the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq the higher education community is beginning to realize again the importance of understanding student veterans' transition experiences into college and providing appropriate support programs. However, the experiences of war veterans making the transition from servicemember to college student are not clearly understood. Consequently, community colleges and other institutions of higher education may not possess the information necessary to assist these students effectively.

The purpose of this phenomenological, qualitative research study was to explore the nature of the ...


A Case Study Of Troika Short-Term Study Abroad Program Model In Community Colleges, Jeremy Lee Pickard Jan 2010

A Case Study Of Troika Short-Term Study Abroad Program Model In Community Colleges, Jeremy Lee Pickard

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This case study examined the phenomenon, through a basic interpretive approach, of 13 students who participated in a short– term study abroad program at a community college. Participants shared experiences from their programs that provided meaning to their lives and how that meaning has shaped their life socially, academically, professionally, and personally. The goal of the study was to describe their experiences of community college students who participate in a short-term study abroad program, describe how a short-term study abroad program at a community college impacts a student's life, understand how short–term study abroad programs in community colleges ...