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How Mexican Immigrant Adults In A New Destination Community Experience Educational Aspiration: A Phenomenological Inquiry, Jennifer Susan Wilson Jan 2016

How Mexican Immigrant Adults In A New Destination Community Experience Educational Aspiration: A Phenomenological Inquiry, Jennifer Susan Wilson

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Our country is in the midst of a middle-skills gap where there are more jobs requiring education beyond a high school diploma, and less requiring a four-year-degree. With the changing demographics, our nation is looking at the largest growing population, Mexican immigrants, to gain required credentials to fill those middle-skill jobs. These future workers will come to community and vocational colleges as the primary institutions from which to receive training; therefore, new programs and policies must be developed to meet the demands of the middle skills vocations (Zhang, Guison-Dowdy, Patterson, & Song, 2011), particularly for this new audience. In this project ...


Influencing Institutional Change Through State Policy: Rural Community College Responses To Performance-Based Funding Models, Zoë Mercedes Thornton Jan 2015

Influencing Institutional Change Through State Policy: Rural Community College Responses To Performance-Based Funding Models, Zoë Mercedes Thornton

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The accountability theme within higher education resonates throughout campus programming, state budgeting, and federal legislative review sessions. Most notably, the design and implementation of state-level performance-based funding (PBF) models can be found in more states than not; indeed, twenty-five states had PBF models in place as of December, 2013, with another fifteen states transitioning to or in formal discussions of this funding phenomenon (Friedel, Thornton & Katsinas, 2014). This research study has identified a gap in the current literature regarding the actual organizational impacts of PBF models on rural community colleges. In an attempt to fill the void in the available ...


Humanizing Education: Teacher Leaders Influencing Pedagogical Change, Lindsay Paige Law Jan 2015

Humanizing Education: Teacher Leaders Influencing Pedagogical Change, Lindsay Paige Law

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A humanizing education relies on the pedagogy of educators to influence, navigate, and coexist within the sociopolitical context and practices of teacher leaders, students, administration, and community members. Constructing beliefs and practices around a humanizing education focuses on the cultural, historical, and contextual realities and experiences of the learner. Previous research has explored pedagogical theory and gained attention around humanizing practices that emphasize the student as a valued asset and active member of the learning process. Opposing pedagogy supports the standardization, mechanization, and one-size-fits-all model that emphasizes quantification, measurement, and high-stakes accountability for teachers and students (Salazar, 2013; Giroux, 2001 ...


From International Deployments To An Iowa Community College: Experiences Of Veterans Who Have Made The Transition, Seth David Gilbert Jan 2015

From International Deployments To An Iowa Community College: Experiences Of Veterans Who Have Made The Transition, Seth David Gilbert

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The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe the experiences of veterans who have made the transition from international deployments to an Iowa community college. The essence of these experiences was solicited by asking the question: How do veterans who have made the transition from international deployments to an Iowa community college describe their experiences? Constructionism provided the epistemological foundation for this study. An interpretivist perspective was used to analyze data collected via face-to-face interviews, participant observation, and document evaluation. Van Gennep’s liminality theory provided a theoretical lens through which to interpret that analysis. This interpretation revealed six ...


New Reverse Transfer: A Case Study Analysis Of Implementation Between A Community College And A Four-Year Institution, Sarah Lynn Wilson Jan 2015

New Reverse Transfer: A Case Study Analysis Of Implementation Between A Community College And A Four-Year Institution, Sarah Lynn Wilson

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The new reverse transfer has emerged in recent years as an innovative pathway for degree completion. The term, once used to refer to students who transferred to a community college from a four-year institution, has undergone a contextual change (Hagedorn & Castro, 1999; Townsend & Dever, 1999; Yang, 2006). The term today has a new application and references a different pathway, which refers to students who transfer credits from a community college to a four-year institution and retroactively earn a two-year degree with their newly earned four-year college credits (Bragg, Cullen, Bennett, & Rudd, 2011; Friedel & Wilson, 2015; Marling, 2012). The reverse transfer pathway has emerged as community colleges pursue innovative ...