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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 ...


Predictors Of Associate's Degree Completion In Engineering And Engineering Technologies, Lynsey Reys-Nickel Nov 2016

Predictors Of Associate's Degree Completion In Engineering And Engineering Technologies, Lynsey Reys-Nickel

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this ex post facto study was to describe completers and non-completers of associate’s degree programs in engineering and engineering technologies and determine whether and to what extent completion in these programs is a function of selected student-related variables and institutional variables. Data from the 2004/2009 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS: 04/09) of associate’s degree completers and non-completers in engineering and engineering technologies were accessed and analyzed through PowerStats, a web-based data analysis tool from National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Descriptive data indicated that, proportionally, engineering and engineering technologies completers were mostly ...


Designing Infographics To Support Teaching Complex Science Subject: A Comparison Between Static And Animated Infographics, Hesham Galal Hassan Jan 2016

Designing Infographics To Support Teaching Complex Science Subject: A Comparison Between Static And Animated Infographics, Hesham Galal Hassan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis explores the proper principles and rules for creating excellent infographics that communicate information successfully and effectively. Not only does this thesis examine the creation of Infographics, it also tries to answer which format, Static or Animated Infographics, is the most effective when used as a teaching-aid framework for complex science subjects, and if compelling Infographics in the preferred format facilitate the learning experience. The methodology includes the creation of infographic using two formats (Static and Animated) of a fairly complex science subject (Phases Of The Moon), which were then tested for their efficacy as a whole, and the ...


Stem Aspiration: The Influence Of Social Capital And Chilly Climate On Female Community College Students, John Richard Jorstad Jan 2015

Stem Aspiration: The Influence Of Social Capital And Chilly Climate On Female Community College Students, John Richard Jorstad

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The focus of this investigation is to generate a better understanding of the demographic, social, and cultural characteristics that affect the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) aspirations and transfer intentions of female students who are enrolled in a community college. Specifically, the purpose of this research study was to: 1) study how social capital, students' engagement with institutional agents (for the current study, the researcher conceives an institutional agent as an academic advisor/counselor), and chilly climate at a community college can be measured, 2) investigate whether these factors contributed to the STEM aspirations and transfer intentions of these ...


Algae: Opportunities For Biomass Feedstock Production, Wastewater Treatment And Educational Outreach, Trina Cassandra Halfhide May 2014

Algae: Opportunities For Biomass Feedstock Production, Wastewater Treatment And Educational Outreach, Trina Cassandra Halfhide

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Algae are a diverse group of simple organisms that lack roots, stems or leaves and are able to use sunlight, carbon dioxide, and nutrients to produce complex compounds, such as carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. These compounds, especially lipids, are highly sought-after by agricultural, nutraceutical and energy interests. Although there is great potential for algae derived biofuels, there are technical and economic challenges associated with their cultivation. Relevant to this dissertation, the environmental impacts associated with algae cultivation can be reduced by using municipal and agricultural wastewaters as a water and nutrient source. This research was divided into three sections to ...


Predicting Transfer Students' Selection Of A Stem Major And Academic Adjustment: A Study Of Community College Students At A Midwestern University, Terry Burdell Gaalswyk Jan 2014

Predicting Transfer Students' Selection Of A Stem Major And Academic Adjustment: A Study Of Community College Students At A Midwestern University, Terry Burdell Gaalswyk

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This research project investigated differences between transfer students choosing STEM- and non-STEM-related majors, determined the factors affecting a transfer student's choice of a STEM- or non-STEM-related major, and examined differences in academic adjustment between STEM and non-STEM students.

The results suggest differences in the background characteristics of students with non-STEM and those with STEM majors. Parental income of students with STEM majors was lower and students with STEM majors were primarily male. Students in STEM-related majors at Iowa State University (ISU) had more credits in calculus, chemistry, and environmental science. Furthermore, this academic preparation was a significant predictor of ...


Validation Of The Scores Of The Instructional Pedagogical And Instructional Student Engagement Components Of Fidelity Of Implementation, Sandra F. Naoom Jan 2014

Validation Of The Scores Of The Instructional Pedagogical And Instructional Student Engagement Components Of Fidelity Of Implementation, Sandra F. Naoom

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Students cannot benefit from what they do not experience. Multiple reasons exist for why an intervention may not be delivered as it was designed. In this era of educational accountability and limited dollars to go around, understanding how an intervention is delivered in the classroom is key to understanding program outcomes. In order to assess whether a program has been implemented as intended, an assessment of fidelity is needed. However assessing fidelity is complex given varying conceptual interpretations, which then fosters inconsistent application of methods to measure the construct. Additionally the methods for validating fidelity measures are still unclear. The ...


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

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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 ...


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

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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 ...


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

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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 ...


Academic Game Development: Practices And Design Strategies For Creating Stem Games, Mark Edwin Stenerson Jan 2012

Academic Game Development: Practices And Design Strategies For Creating Stem Games, Mark Edwin Stenerson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In the last decade, there has been an increase in legislation and funding that aims to get students in the United States interested in fields involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in order to keep the United States competitive with other countries in these important academic areas. However, making these topics interesting and engaging to students has been challenging. A 2010 report by the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology concluded that schools in the United States lack passionate teachers and adequate tools to teach these subjects. Due to these deficiencies, ``too many American students conclude early ...


Academic And Social Integration Variables Influencing The Success Of Community College Transfer Students In Undergraduate Engineering Programs, Marcia Rae Laugerman Jan 2012

Academic And Social Integration Variables Influencing The Success Of Community College Transfer Students In Undergraduate Engineering Programs, Marcia Rae Laugerman

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

ABSTRACT

The goal of this dissertation is to collect and analyze data to determine success strategies for community college (CC) transfers to engineering. It does so by analyzing transcript level data collected longitudinally over a 10-year period as community college transfer students' progress before and after transfer into an engineering program. Characteristics of successful students are identified in terms of the academic and social integration variables using descriptive and inferential statistics. In addition to providing data analysis, the results determine distinctive strategies to increase the success of community college transfers in engineering.

The research was funded by the National Science ...


Stem Development: A Study Of 6th-12th Grade Girls' Interest And Confidence In Mathematics And Science, Carol Heaverlo Jan 2011

Stem Development: A Study Of 6th-12th Grade Girls' Interest And Confidence In Mathematics And Science, Carol Heaverlo

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Researchers, policymakers, business, and industry have indicated that the United States will experience a shortage of professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Several strategies have been suggested to address this shortage, one of which includes increasing the representation of girls and women in the STEM fields. In order to increase the representation of women in the STEM fields, it is important to understand the developmental factors that impact girls' interest and confidence in STEM academics and extracurricular programs. Research indicates that greater confidence leads to greater interest and vice versa (Denissen et al., 2007). This study ...


The Role Of Program Climate And Socialization In The Retention Of Engineering Undergraduates, Heather Elizabeth Ureksoy Jan 2011

The Role Of Program Climate And Socialization In The Retention Of Engineering Undergraduates, Heather Elizabeth Ureksoy

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Increasing women's participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can promote a healthy economy by ensuring a diverse and well-qualified STEM workforce, not only in the quantity of females in the workforce, but diversity in thinking and creativity. It will also send a positive message to young women about the breadth of educational opportunities and career choices they have available to them. However, women continue to participate in engineering education in a far lower rate than men. Attracting and retaining female students has become a challenging problem for the academic engineering community. In this study ...