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Leadership, Loss, And Healing: A Study Of Women Community College Leaders Who Left The Presidency, Robin Kathryn Shaffer Lilienthal Jan 2009

Leadership, Loss, And Healing: A Study Of Women Community College Leaders Who Left The Presidency, Robin Kathryn Shaffer Lilienthal

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to extend research on female community college presidents by (a) describing and examining the experiences of women who have experienced difficult leadership positions that resulted in departures from community college presidencies; and (b) exploring how these women have made meaning from this experience. Three female community college presidents who had experienced a difficult leadership experience that resulted in leaving the presidency were interviewed to learn about how they viewed their leadership experiences, described what they had learned about leadership, explained about presidential relationships with governing boards, and constructed meaning as a result of ...


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

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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 ...


Leading Them To Water: A Study Of The Efficacy Of A Mandatory Placement Project In First-Year Academic Courses At A Community College, Janet Elizabeth Emmerson Jan 2009

Leading Them To Water: A Study Of The Efficacy Of A Mandatory Placement Project In First-Year Academic Courses At A Community College, Janet Elizabeth Emmerson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Student retention is a topic at the forefront for all post secondary education institutions. Supporting students in their studies, providing the resources to empower them to complete their education is a critical component in the quality and success of colleges. It is also a fiscal concern for colleges. While first year programs abound, community colleges are faced with the challenges of a largely commuter population with very diverse backgrounds. Community colleges are also by mission, open access institutions.

This quantitative research study looked at a mandatory placement project piloted at a central Iowa community college in 2006 and 2007. It ...


African American College Men Holding Leadership Roles In Majority White Student Groups, Terrence L. Frazier Jan 2009

African American College Men Holding Leadership Roles In Majority White Student Groups, Terrence L. Frazier

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Examining the experience of African American college men has been a subject of many higher education scholars. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to be aware of the lived experience of seven African American college men who hold/held leadership positions in a majority White student group. Using symbolic interactionism and phenomenology as my framework in order to better understand how these men make meaning of their experience leading a majority White group, four themes emerged from this study: natural transition; the pull between Black and White environments; perfectionism; and power and influence.

Implications for student affairs at PWIs ...


Leadership Competencies Of Branch Campus Administrators In Multi-Campus Community College Systems, Kitty Shean Conover Jan 2009

Leadership Competencies Of Branch Campus Administrators In Multi-Campus Community College Systems, Kitty Shean Conover

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Community college leaders are retiring faster than replacements are being prepared creating what is predicted to be a leadership crisis. To keep community colleges functioning in their critical role of providing wider access to higher education and workforce training and re-training, future leaders need to have the skills to lead complex organizations. To advance community colleges to a level of excellence, future community college leaders need to be prepared to be excellent leaders.

This research project was designed to seek out the skills and abilities needed to be an effective community college leader and to investigate the level of preparedness ...


Understanding The Study Abroad Experience Of University Students, Christine Lynne Gemignani Jan 2009

Understanding The Study Abroad Experience Of University Students, Christine Lynne Gemignani

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of culture learning in study abroad through the perceptions of undergraduate students who studied abroad. The study is based in an interpretive qualitative research approach. Interviews were conducted with 13 undergraduate students who studied abroad in a variety of study abroad programs. What students shared about their perspectives on culture learning is situated within the context of their overall learning experience abroad, thus allowing for an understanding of the meaning of the study abroad experience for students. The study is framed by the theory of student involvement (Astin, 1985). This ...


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

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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 ...


Life Experiences Of Displaced Workers: From Closing Plants To Their Journey Through Iowa Community Colleges, Anisha La Velle Samuels Jan 2009

Life Experiences Of Displaced Workers: From Closing Plants To Their Journey Through Iowa Community Colleges, Anisha La Velle Samuels

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to illuminate the life experiences of displaced workers enrolled in community colleges for retraining and their views on obtaining employment after completion of a degree. The study is important because it provides qualitative data that will inform community college academic leadership, faculty, student affairs professionals, staff, and others. These data can be used to create a culture of evidence and inform diverse audiences about the experiences of displaced workers in the community college. Ultimately, data should be used to inform leaders, faculty, and staff about how to address the issues displaced workers face ...


From Vision To Learning: Effectiveness Measures Of Christian School Boards, Ryan Glenn Zonnefeld Jan 2009

From Vision To Learning: Effectiveness Measures Of Christian School Boards, Ryan Glenn Zonnefeld

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This exploratory study investigated the effectiveness of Christian School boards, as perceived by its members, and examined patterns and characteristics that describe internal board activities. The study employed a quantitative survey research design that revealed areas of strength and areas of growth for Christian School board operations. Board effectiveness was measured in accordance with Smoley's (1999) Model for Effective School Boards.

The research focused on four questions: (a) What are the background characteristics of Christian School board members? (b) What patterns exist in the Christian School board effectiveness ratings of school board members, presidents, and school administrators? (c) Are ...


Service On The Community College Campus: The Millennial Generation Perspective, Kristie Lynn Fisher Jan 2009

Service On The Community College Campus: The Millennial Generation Perspective, Kristie Lynn Fisher

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this phenomenological study is to explore how Millennial generation students (born 1982 or after) experience the services they receive in the community college setting at Kirkwood Community College, a comprehensive community college in a suburban setting in eastern Iowa. The overarching research question for the study is: How do Millennial generation students describe their experiences with service staff on the Kirkwood campus? Among the secondary research questions include: How widely do Millennial generation students describe themselves as "customers" of the community college? How can the characteristics of the Millennial generation help community colleges understand the relationship between ...


Factors Influencing The Postcollege Earnings Of Iowa Community College Career And Technical Education Students From Three Career Clusters, Jonathan I. Compton Jan 2008

Factors Influencing The Postcollege Earnings Of Iowa Community College Career And Technical Education Students From Three Career Clusters, Jonathan I. Compton

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Using data from the Iowa Department of Education (IDE), Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), this study investigated the relationship between student characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, program of study and degree completion and earnings outcomes for students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) programs within the business, information technology (IT), and marketing career clusters in community college in the state of Iowa in order to determine which variables lead to improved earnings for these students. The sample consisted of students who enrolled in programs in these three CTE programs in fiscal year 2002 ...


Assessing Computer Fluency Among Adult Learners In Accelerated Degree Programs At A Midwestern Liberal Arts College, Malcolm Graeme Armstrong Jan 2008

Assessing Computer Fluency Among Adult Learners In Accelerated Degree Programs At A Midwestern Liberal Arts College, Malcolm Graeme Armstrong

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

With the introduction of the personal computer as a commodity item, many institutions have committed large capital investments to infrastructure and equipment to evolve into technology-oriented campuses. Those levels of institutional investment may not be matched by the performance capabilities of adult students attending such institutions. This study explored that phenomenon in an accelerated degree program at a Midwestern liberal arts college, with findings indicating reluctance among males to ask for assistance with PC problems and that writing skills were more developed as students progressed through the college experience using IT. Furthermore the study found the household income among participants ...