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Student Demographic, Academic, And Financial Characteristics And The Likelihood Of On-Time Credential Completion At A Rural Community College In Iowa, Rachel Lynn Mcguire Jan 2018

Student Demographic, Academic, And Financial Characteristics And The Likelihood Of On-Time Credential Completion At A Rural Community College In Iowa, Rachel Lynn Mcguire

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This institution-specific credential completion study examined student demographic, academic, and financial characteristics and their relationship to on-time credential completion. Working with institutional data from a rural-serving medium size, public community college in Iowa, a cohort of first-time-in-college students were analyzed for the traditional measurement of on-time completion based on the type of program the student enrolled in their first term. The data was analyzed with descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The variables found to be significant were underrepresented students, first-generation students, dual enrolled students, math placement level, housing arrangement, EFC category as a measurement of socioeconomic status, and financial aid ...


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 ...


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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ABSTRACT

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 ...


The Intersection Of Social Capital And Finances On Intentions To Transfer In Stem Fields: A Study Of Community College Students In A Rural Midwestern State, Tracy L. Kruse Jan 2013

The Intersection Of Social Capital And Finances On Intentions To Transfer In Stem Fields: A Study Of Community College Students In A Rural Midwestern State, Tracy L. Kruse

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The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine Iowa community college students' intent to transfer to a 4-year institution in a STEM field. Specifically, it examined the demographics of the study participants as well as financial variables, including number of hours worked, number of dependents supported, and amount of financial aid received, to determine if there was any statistical significant differences between the students who did not intend to transfer, those students who did intend to transfer into a non-STEM field and those students who did intend to transfer into a STEM field.

Secondly, this study used exploratory and ...


From Dropout To Degree: The Ged Pathway To And Through Iowa Community Colleges, Andrew Joseph Ryder Jan 2011

From Dropout To Degree: The Ged Pathway To And Through Iowa Community Colleges, Andrew Joseph Ryder

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This study analyzed available individual-level data on the fiscal year 2004 cohort of Iowa GED candidates to identify demographic, economic, academic ability, and educational goal factors that predicted students' success from earning the GED to completing a community college credential. The theory of planned behavior (Ajzen, 1985; Fishbein & Ajzen, 1975), persistence theory for adult learners (Bean & Metzner, 1985), and human capital theory (Becker, 1992; Schultz, 1961) supported a conceptual framework asserting that a positive GED experience, mediated by demographic, economic, and ability considerations, may contribute to increased aspirations toward additional schooling. Probit models were used to determine statistically significant predictors for earning the GED (e.g., age, Latino, Black, goal of earning GED), enrolling in community ...


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 ...


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

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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 ...


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 ...