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Community College Leadership In The Midwest: Pathways, Preparation, And Competencies, Robinette Kelley Jan 2017

Community College Leadership In The Midwest: Pathways, Preparation, And Competencies, Robinette Kelley

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research study is to examine current Midwestern community college leaders’ demographics, educational backgrounds, career pathways, career preparation, diversity and inclusion competencies, and competencies in accord with the 2013 American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC’s) Competencies for Community College Leaders as well as the leaders’ transformational skills embedded in those competencies. This research study expands upon the work of Duree (2007), which included research on community college presidents’ or chief executive officers’ (CEOs’) informal and formal leadership preparation, educational backgrounds, experiences, and self-ranking of the importance as well as their level of preparation in the AACC ...


"A Passion To Mold Young People:" A Mixed-Methods Study Of Iowa Community College Athletics Coaches' Profile Characteristics, Korey Kollasch Jan 2017

"A Passion To Mold Young People:" A Mixed-Methods Study Of Iowa Community College Athletics Coaches' Profile Characteristics, Korey Kollasch

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study focused on building a profile of characteristics of community college (CC) athletics coaches in Iowa and on exploring the possible relationships among these characteristics. Using a mixed-method research design that incorporates SPSS quantitative analysis of a survey and seven semi-structured interviews, the research data draws a clearer picture of what these CC intercollegiate athletics coaches look like, what they do and go through in order to coach, and why they coach.

The major profile characteristics and variables of interest examined include: self-identity as teachers, job satisfaction, motivations, challenges, and perceived impact on student-athletes’ education. This study’s CC ...


Teachers' Inquiry Stance: Collaboration Through Data Analysis In A Professional Learning Community, Darin Marcus Haack Jan 2017

Teachers' Inquiry Stance: Collaboration Through Data Analysis In A Professional Learning Community, Darin Marcus Haack

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to understand how teachers experience a stance toward inquiry through participation in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). In order to meet this objective, the following questions framed this research:

1. How do individual teachers make meaning of the epistemological and dialogic aspects of their PLC’s inquiry stance toward student data?

2. How do teachers interpret the influence of their personal inquiry stance toward student data on the stance of their PLC?

3. How do teachers interpret the influence of external supports and constraints on their PLC’s inquiry stance toward student data ...


An Examination Of Front-Line Student Services Staff’S Experience Transitioning From A Traditional To An Integrated Model Of Student Service, Christopher David Bowser Jan 2017

An Examination Of Front-Line Student Services Staff’S Experience Transitioning From A Traditional To An Integrated Model Of Student Service, Christopher David Bowser

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative comparative case study was to understand how front-line student services staff experience transition from a traditional model of service to an integrated model of service. There were three fundamental questions framing this research study:

1. What strategies and support systems were utilized by staff making the transition from a traditional model of student service to an integrated model of student service?

2. In what ways did staff perceive the control they had over their changing role during the transition?

3. How did the reorganization impact issues of motivation, satisfaction, productivity, and service quality?

Twenty participants ...


Characteristics And Enrollment Factors Of Post-Degree Students At A Large, Public, Community College In The Midwest, Kelly L. Friesleben Jan 2017

Characteristics And Enrollment Factors Of Post-Degree Students At A Large, Public, Community College In The Midwest, Kelly L. Friesleben

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The traditional transfer pathway model has been challenged over the past few decades in more than one way through various forms of reverse transfer. Reverse transfer students are a large general category of students that begin at a four-year institution and transfer to a two-year institution. Townsend and Dever (1999) write that the term reverse transfer does not adequately describe the many different types within this subpopulation of community college students, and that early research failed to identify reverse transfer subgroups. Post-baccalaureate reverse transfer students (PRTS)—are a group of students that challenge the general perception of the traditional education ...


Investigating Administrators And Faculty Perception Regarding Applied Baccalaureate Degrees At A Midwestern University, Lee John Geisinger Jan 2017

Investigating Administrators And Faculty Perception Regarding Applied Baccalaureate Degrees At A Midwestern University, Lee John Geisinger

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

As workforce shortages continue to emerge in the industries of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the United States’ economic global competitiveness rides on higher education’s ability to produce a highly trained STEM workforce. To fill this workforce shortage and expand access to post-secondary degrees, higher education institutions must develop solid pathways to from the associates level to advanced degrees.

The applied baccalaureate (AB) degree has been present in higher education since the 1970s, and seen a re-emergence in recent years to create a pathway for students who have obtained the historically terminal Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree ...


Virtual Learning Community: Utilizing Learning Communities In Hybrid And Online Graduate Programs, Amy J. Pilcher Jan 2017

Virtual Learning Community: Utilizing Learning Communities In Hybrid And Online Graduate Programs, Amy J. Pilcher

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Learning communities are well-established on-campus practices with evidence supporting their effectiveness in increasing student learning outcomes, student retention efforts, and student satisfaction. Students who enroll in online and hybrid programs have limited access to their classmates and institutional resources, which can cause feelings of isolation and frustration (Shelton & Saltsman, 2005); therefore, institutions are looking for ways to reduce this isolation and frustration by attempting to create community within online courses and programs. It has been demonstrated that establishing a robust online community allows students to interact with each other, builds a support network of fellow students, improves persistence and retention; increases perceived ...


Living The Creed: How Chapters Of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., Contribute To Civic Engagement, Manuel Del Real Jan 2017

Living The Creed: How Chapters Of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., Contribute To Civic Engagement, Manuel Del Real

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

National associations such as the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Campus Compact create initiatives that promote service-learning and campus based service programs to improve civic engagement in higher education; they often fail to include Greek-letter organizations, especially Latino Greek-letter organizations, as co-curricular service opportunities. The purpose of this exploratory case study of five chapters of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. (SLB) in the Midwest region of the United States, was to provide an in-depth understanding of chapters’ service experiences and perceptions of benefits. In this qualitative study, a revised version of Yosso’s (2005) community cultural wealth served as a conceptual framework to illustrate how chapters of SLB contribute to service. Implications for higher education and ...


Indistinct Boundaries And Intersections: The Role Of Threshold Concepts And Disposition In Students With Early College Credit, Kathy Sanders Rose Jan 2017

Indistinct Boundaries And Intersections: The Role Of Threshold Concepts And Disposition In Students With Early College Credit, Kathy Sanders Rose

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative study investigates knowledge transfer in college students

whose high school Advanced Placement (AP) or dual credit (DC) English courses

enabled them to opt out of the first level of composition at Iowa State University

(ISU). Although early college credit (ECC) students’ university writing

performances have been studied, writing transfer has not been adequately

studied in this population before. The influence of these students’ lived

experiences require more consideration from scholars because of the growing

number of students who enter advanced university classes by virtue of credits

earned in high school.

Thirteen students from a variety of backgrounds, majors ...


Parents Enrolled In Graduate Programs And Their Experiences With Faculty, Amber Lee Kreischer Jan 2017

Parents Enrolled In Graduate Programs And Their Experiences With Faculty, Amber Lee Kreischer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Parenthood and graduate school require significant investments of time and energy. Those who engage in both roles simultaneously are at risk for increased stress, feelings of guilt, and marginalization, which may impact their ability to succeed as parents and scholars. Faculty behaviors and faculty-student relationships are known to predict student academic and emotional outcomes, yet the influence of faculty on graduate student parents has been unexamined in the literature. Guided by role conflict and role enhancement theories, the current study explores graduate student parents’ experiences, with special attention to the ways in which faculty affect those experiences. Sixteen participants who ...


Promotion Of Student Engagement By Online Community College Faculty, Alicia Vance Aguiar Jan 2017

Promotion Of Student Engagement By Online Community College Faculty, Alicia Vance Aguiar

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Online higher education courses continue to attract students across the U.S. However, online student persistence, particularly in community colleges, continues to lag traditional delivery. It is well known that student engagement may lead to improved academic performance and persistence. Previous research has identified how faculty communication and teaching strategies promote student engagement, yet it is not always clear to what extent these strategies are implemented. In virtual education, faculty are often the primary connection online students have with the institution. Additional study was needed to determine to what extent online faculty implement strategies that promote student engagement and how ...


Led By Lawyers: Perceptions Of Legal Training And Experience And Their Effect Upon Leadership, Jermaine Johnson Jan 2017

Led By Lawyers: Perceptions Of Legal Training And Experience And Their Effect Upon Leadership, Jermaine Johnson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Employing a phenomenological methodology, this qualitative study is an exploration of how college presidents who were once practicing lawyers have come to understand their legal training and work experience in terms of their effect upon leadership. Participants consisted of present or former college presidents that were engaged in the practice of law prior to becoming president. Participants had not previously served as tenured faculty, academic deans, or chief academic officers. Four participants were identified using opportunistic sampling and data was collected via open-ended, semi-structured interviews. The study was guided by the following research questions: (1) How do college presidents with ...


Faces In The Crowd: A Narrative Inquiry Into The Relationship Violence Experienced By Four Black College Women, Lorraine D. Acker Jan 2017

Faces In The Crowd: A Narrative Inquiry Into The Relationship Violence Experienced By Four Black College Women, Lorraine D. Acker

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Relationship violence among Black college women is becoming a serious concern. However, the face of relationship violence in higher education has been predominantly that of White women, which subsequently has excluded the voices of Black college women and other women of color. The rationale for this study came from my desire to uncover how Black college women make meaning of their experiences of relationship violence. Therefore, this narrative study explored (a) how four Black college women experienced relationship violence in college, (b) how they made meaning of their relationship violence experience in college, and (c) how they navigated campus resources ...


Transitions In The Design Process, Monica Lynn Amman Jan 2017

Transitions In The Design Process, Monica Lynn Amman

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The proposed research uses empirical methods to investigate designers’ use of research

throughout the design process with an emphasis on research and idea generation. The goal is to explore the factors which impact the various phases of the design process. The early phase of the design process is often referred to as the “fuzzy front end” where many variables are still in play and the design direction is not completely agreed upon. This is also when the designer is conducting user research. The connection between the user research and the design solutions that designers move forward is critical. This connection ...


Predicting Student Persistence Of Community College Transfer Students To A Large, Urban, Transfer Destination Four-Year Institution, Megan M. Scherzberg Jan 2017

Predicting Student Persistence Of Community College Transfer Students To A Large, Urban, Transfer Destination Four-Year Institution, Megan M. Scherzberg

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to investigate the predictors of community college transfer student success. Through exploring student demographics and background characteristics (e.g. race/ethnicity, gender, first-generation student status, socioeconomic status, number of transfer credit hours, attempted/completed credits), significant predictors of community college transfer student persistence and completion can be identified and further explored. Specifically, the study examines three goals: a) the demographic and student characteristics of community college transfer students that influence persistence and completion, b) evidence of transfer shock and its longitudinal effect on student persistence and completion, c) and the identification of equity gaps ...


Augmented Reality Reading Support In Higher Education: Exploring Effects On Perceived Motivation And Confidence In Comprehension For Struggling Readers In Higher Education, Laura Anne Huisinga Jan 2017

Augmented Reality Reading Support In Higher Education: Exploring Effects On Perceived Motivation And Confidence In Comprehension For Struggling Readers In Higher Education, Laura Anne Huisinga

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Technology has shown promise to aid struggling readers in higher education, particularly through new and emerging technologies. Augmented reality (AR) has been used successfully in the classroom to motivate and engage struggling learners, yet little research exists on how augmented print might help struggling readers. This study explores this gap, specifically art/design students in higher education and their perceived motivation to read, as well as their engagement with, and comprehension of an augmented design theory text. This study employed an exploratory, mixed methods design. Analysis of the findings indicates most students, including self-identified struggling and typical readers, would use ...


The Absences Of Lgbtq-Related Language In Iowa School Handbooks: School Handbooks As A Catalyst For Change, Joy Marie Linquist Jan 2017

The Absences Of Lgbtq-Related Language In Iowa School Handbooks: School Handbooks As A Catalyst For Change, Joy Marie Linquist

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

ABSTRACT

It is the intention of schools to meet the needs of each student, including students who identify as lesbian, bi-sexual, gay, transgendered, or questioning (LGBTQ). However, practices that discriminate against marginalized populations and a long history of inequities exist in the school system, where the status quo is perpetuated. It is the responsibility of school leaders to be social change agents for justice and equity. School leaders can use school handbooks as a catalyst to make our schools more inclusive, and equitable for each. Student handbooks alone won’t promote equity, but they do serve an important role, as ...


A Qualitative Study Of How Teacher Perceptions Within A 1:1 Ipadã‚® Program May Contribute To Changes In Teacher Practices, Eric Christopher Shafer Jan 2017

A Qualitative Study Of How Teacher Perceptions Within A 1:1 Ipadã‚® Program May Contribute To Changes In Teacher Practices, Eric Christopher Shafer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

ABSTRACT

Background: Schools around the United States are implementing costly school-wide 1:1 iPad programs to support student learning. Technology integration in schools has the potential to influence teachers to include more student-centered approaches. Student-centered approaches can be defined as methods of teaching and learning that place more responsibility on students. Numerous studies suggest that key elements of student-centered approaches incorporate student activity and engagement into the learning process. The increase in access to technology that is afforded students by school-wide 1:1 iPad programs can potentially bring about a change in teacher practices.

Purpose: The primary purpose of this ...


Mixed Methods Assessment Of Project-Based Learning In A Senior-Level Highway Design Course, Steven Kurtis Younkin Jan 2017

Mixed Methods Assessment Of Project-Based Learning In A Senior-Level Highway Design Course, Steven Kurtis Younkin

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The lack of practical real-world applications in a classroom setting has been identified as one factor inhibiting student interest in STEM fields. Project-based learning (PBL) directly addresses this concern by providing an opportunity for students to complete an extensive, semester-long project that mirrors professional practice. In addition, PBL allows students an opportunity to refine related soft skills, such as technical writing and oral communication. This study involved the redevelopment of a senior-level highway design course using a PBL framework that largely reflects professional practice. A questionnaire survey was distributed to public and private road agencies in order to assess the ...


Sleep Health, Resources, Stress, And Academic Performance: Comparing Hospitality And Non-Hospitality Undergraduate Students, Yu-Chih Chiang Jan 2017

Sleep Health, Resources, Stress, And Academic Performance: Comparing Hospitality And Non-Hospitality Undergraduate Students, Yu-Chih Chiang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In recent decades, there have been an increasing number of sleep studies in both science and social science. One explanation could be that sleep researchers’ focus has extended from sleep diseases to sleep health; this has expanded study populations beyond “unhealthy” patients to healthy people. In parallel, brain scientists have connected sleep with cognitive and emotional function, which intensified the discussion of sleep issues in daily life. Existing literature suggests a linkage between sleep and performance, but relative evidence is not solid. In particular, hospitality students’ sleep health should be studied given the potential impact of program requirements and industry ...


Using Map-Works To Explore Early Credit Enrollment In High School And The Impact On Students’ Academic Self-Efficacy And Academic Resiliency, Linda Jean Garbisch Svenson Jan 2017

Using Map-Works To Explore Early Credit Enrollment In High School And The Impact On Students’ Academic Self-Efficacy And Academic Resiliency, Linda Jean Garbisch Svenson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Over the last decade participation of high school students in dual enrollment throughout the United States has grown exponentially. Enrollment in early credit aids student preparedness and/or transition into the collegiate environment, and to prepare a student academically for the academic rigor in college. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between early credits earned by high school students who enrolled full-time and self-reported academic self-efficacy scores and academic resiliency scores during students’ first semester. Additionally, this study descriptively explored characteristics of the sample and the quantity of early credits completed by high school students who ...


Factors Related To Superintendent Retention And Turnover, Jesse Dean Ulrich Jan 2017

Factors Related To Superintendent Retention And Turnover, Jesse Dean Ulrich

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Utilizing a nonparametric statistical method, this secondary data analysis of the AASA, The School Superintendents Association (formerly the American Association of School Administrators) American School Superintendent 2010 Decennial Study on superintendents analyzes factors related to superintendent retention and turnover from a labor market perspective. This study is based on a national survey of nearly 2,000 school superintendents in the United States. The purpose of this secondary data analysis is to test the hypothesis that when a superintendent’s social, educational, and professional needs are met in the district, then the superintendent has a higher likelihood of continuing to serve ...


Reverse Credit Transfer: Associate Degree Attainment In The State Of Iowa, Eric Neil Merten Jan 2017

Reverse Credit Transfer: Associate Degree Attainment In The State Of Iowa, Eric Neil Merten

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

For nearly a decade, productivity within U.S. colleges and universities has been at the forefront of policy makers, politicians, business leaders, and researchers regarding the placement of college graduates when compared to other nations. Reports and data have pointed to a college completion crisis in the United States. According to the Lumina Foundation for Education, more than 22% of the adult population in the United States have attended college but did not complete a degree. In order to meet the growing demands for college completers and the nation’s workforce, community colleges must be a significant part in the ...


Young Alumni Perspectives About Philanthropically Supporting Their Alma Mater, Kimberly Mae Mcdonough Jan 2017

Young Alumni Perspectives About Philanthropically Supporting Their Alma Mater, Kimberly Mae Mcdonough

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Declines in the public funding of higher education have made philanthropic support from alumni an important component in the financial health of institutions, and this issue is not likely to go away. Previous research has indicated that alumni are more likely to philanthropically support their alma mater through financial giving, volunteering, and advocacy if they were philanthropically engaged in the institution as young alumni. However, little research has been done to understand young alumni philanthropic support of their alma maters.

Using social exchange theory, this basic interpretive study explored how young alumni philanthropically support their alma mater and how they ...


A Liberal Arts Education In Film Production: Instructional Assessment Of Student Film Projects, Troy Daniel Mckay Jan 2017

A Liberal Arts Education In Film Production: Instructional Assessment Of Student Film Projects, Troy Daniel Mckay

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study examined the educational process of instructors teaching film and video production in higher education. Little research has been dedicated to this field of study. As technology advances and the cost of equipment recedes, educational programs in film and video production will experience growth, transformation, and population. Educational leadership and faculty responsible for these programs experience pressure to stay current with trends and technology while building and maintaining these types of programs; thus, the examination of these programs’ structures and practices are worthwhile endeavors. In addition, expanded markets for educated professionals in film and video production are being sought ...


Leadership Competencies In Data Driven Decision Making, Brett Monaghan Jan 2017

Leadership Competencies In Data Driven Decision Making, Brett Monaghan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Data-driven decision making has become increasingly important in the world of education. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, the ability to not only use data in decision making processes, but to understand best practices has become a competency that community college leaders must have or obtain in order to be considered a sufficient leader at this level of higher education.

The purpose of this study was to determine the level of data literacy among community college leaders. Further, the study defines best practices for leaders who use data driven decision making within their current position. Specifically, the purpose ...


Exploring International Student Adaptation Through A First-Year Experience Course At Iowa State University, James Dorsett Jan 2017

Exploring International Student Adaptation Through A First-Year Experience Course At Iowa State University, James Dorsett

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ABSTRACT

Although considerable research has been conducted on the adjustment of international students to U.S universities and culture, as well as research on first-experience courses, little research is available on the impacts of first-year experience courses on international student adjustment. This dissertation focuses on how a first-year experience course affected the student adaptation of new undergraduate international students enrolled at Iowa State University for Fall 2015.

Responses from 115 undergraduate international students in this first-year experience course (serving as the treatment group) were compared against 92 other new international students not enrolled in the course (the control group) using ...


The Influence Of College Readiness And Institutional Intervention Upon Intention To Persist Among Ged Credentialed Community College Students, David Carson Jan 2017

The Influence Of College Readiness And Institutional Intervention Upon Intention To Persist Among Ged Credentialed Community College Students, David Carson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study’s purpose is to examine how institutional intervention and college readiness impact GED (General Education Development) credentialed students’ intent to persist at community college. Specifically, the study examines a) differences in background information between students possessing GED credentials vs. traditional high school diploma regarding intent to persist at community college, b) factors influencing persistence, and c) possession of a GED credential’s impact upon intention to persist.

Three theories were foundation of this study’s conceptual framework including 1) Knowles’ (1984) andragogy, Ryan & Deci’s (2000) self-determination, and Ajzen’s (1991) planned behavior. The theory of andragogy informs ...


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

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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 ...


User Data Spectrum Theory: Collecting, Interpreting, And Implementing User Data In Organizations, Andrea J. Peer Jan 2017

User Data Spectrum Theory: Collecting, Interpreting, And Implementing User Data In Organizations, Andrea J. Peer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Organizations interested in increasing their user experience (UX) capacity lack the tools they need to know how to do so. This dissertation addresses this challenge via three major research efforts: 1) the creation of User Data Spectrum theory and a User Data Spectrum survey for helping organizations better invest resources to grow their UX capacity, 2) a new UX method and model for organizations that want to capitalize on spoken words from end users called Rapid Meaningful Scenarios (RMS), and 3) a recommendation for UX education in response to the current ACM SIGCHI education Living Curriculum initiative. The User Data ...