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Black Male College Students' Perspectives On The Contribution Of Black Student Organizations To Their Development Of Soft Skills, Shanice Angela Glover May 2020

Black Male College Students' Perspectives On The Contribution Of Black Student Organizations To Their Development Of Soft Skills, Shanice Angela Glover

Theses and Dissertations

The following study is an exploration of the views Black male college students have of the soft skills they have developed through participation in a predominately Black student organization. I used a focus group moderator guide with questions, adapted from Stansberry and Burnett (2014) and modified from Evans (2016) and Saraceno (2019) to serve as the instrument for this qualitative study. I gathered data from a focus groups consisting of Black male college students who are enrolled at Rowan University and participate in Black student organizations on campus. The focus group discussion pertained to the participants' experiences with predominantly Black ...


Exploration Of First-Generation Student-Athlete Experiences At A Suburban Division Iii Institution, Mandy Jiang May 2020

Exploration Of First-Generation Student-Athlete Experiences At A Suburban Division Iii Institution, Mandy Jiang

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this phenomenological study is to explore the experiences of first-generation student-athletes (FGSA) on a college campus. One major goal of this study is to offer new discussion for first-generation student-athletes to increase awareness on this population in current literature. While there is research on first-generation students and collegiate student-athletes as separate identities, this specific population, combining both identities, has not been at the forefront of scholarly research (Oratagus & Merson, 2015). By expanding the current literature with evidence-based research, student affairs professionals and college athletic administrators can better enhance the experiences of first-generation student-athletes on their campuses.

Findings ...


Understanding The Motivations Of Nonmonetary Young Alumni Engagement, Olivia Rose Bowman May 2020

Understanding The Motivations Of Nonmonetary Young Alumni Engagement, Olivia Rose Bowman

Theses and Dissertations

Universities with influential young alumni connections typically have more productive and prosperous institutions (McDearmon, 2013; Volin, 2016; Weerts, Cabrera, & Sanford, 2010; Weerts & Ronca, 2008). However, alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years are reportedly the least contacted alumni because of their lower response rates (Freeland, Spenner, & McCalmon, 2014; Weerts & Ronca, 2008). This study focuses on the determination of motivations that encourage young alumni to engage in nonmonetary efforts with their Alma Mata Rowan University. In this study, young alumni were defined as Rowan Alumni who graduated since 2010 and have attended one or more events hosted by The Office of University Advancement. The data for this study was collected utilizing an online survey. The sample size who received the online survey was 400 young alumni. The responses of ...


The Forgotten Voices: African American Male Adult Learners And Their Experiences In Higher Education, Ajeenah H. Nuriddin-Little May 2020

The Forgotten Voices: African American Male Adult Learners And Their Experiences In Higher Education, Ajeenah H. Nuriddin-Little

Theses and Dissertations

This narrative inquiry research explored the lived experiences of six African American male adult learners enrolled at a four-year public research institution in an urban area located in the northeastern United States. The following questions guided the study: (a) How do African American male adult learners at a four-year research institution describe their experiences? (b) What environmental factors do African American male adult learners feel have shaped their academic success or non-academic success in college? (c) How does the double consciousness framework help to explain or make sense of the narrative of the African American male adult learner? This study ...


The Impact Of Residence Hall Construction Type On Student Engagement, Gene Jabar Washington May 2020

The Impact Of Residence Hall Construction Type On Student Engagement, Gene Jabar Washington

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College and university student housing has changed dramatically since the opening of Harvard College in 1636. Despite these changes, student housing professionals are still tasked with engaging their students. This can sometimes be difficult depending on outside forces such as the physical structure of a building. The purpose of this study was to determine what physical aspects of a residence hall do students and undergraduate live-in student staff value in terms of engaging their students and building a community. For this study focus groups were conducted for student and staff of traditional residence halls and public-private partnership residence halls. Common ...


Sport Clubs And Wellness: Analyzing The Impact Being A Sports Clubs Member Has On The Dimensions Of Wellness, Michael Anthony Brito May 2020

Sport Clubs And Wellness: Analyzing The Impact Being A Sports Clubs Member Has On The Dimensions Of Wellness, Michael Anthony Brito

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to understand how a student's wellness is impacted through participation in sport clubs. This was done at a division three public institution with a Campus Recreation department, which offers 45 sport clubs. This study was conducted during the spring 2020 semester at Rowan University by distributing an online survey. The survey focused on gaining information about their sport club experience and the impact on occupational, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical dimensions. As well as understanding the factors that may affect their wellness.

The findings of this study showed a high positive impact ...


New Jersey Community College And High School Concurrent Enrollment Program (Cep) Partnerships Case Study, Darlene Mary Schapley May 2020

New Jersey Community College And High School Concurrent Enrollment Program (Cep) Partnerships Case Study, Darlene Mary Schapley

Theses and Dissertations

Students who are not college ready enter New Jersey Community Colleges placing in developmental education delaying entry into their degree program and possibly ending their aspiration for college completion. Students not completing a college degree cannot compete for livable wage jobs in America. My qualitative multiple case study contributed to the gap in knowledge about New Jersey partnerships offering comprehensive CEP programs including math and English from the participant perspectives. CEP partnerships engaged students in college coursework at New Jersey high schools in collaboration with New Jersey community colleges. These collaborations are great opportunities for community colleges to provide access ...


A Program Evaluation Of The Academic Reboot Program At Rowan University, Kayla Raparelli May 2020

A Program Evaluation Of The Academic Reboot Program At Rowan University, Kayla Raparelli

Theses and Dissertations

The Academic Reboot Program at Rowan University was designed to assist students on Academic Warning and Academic Probation with the University improve their GPA so that they may remain a student at the University. The purpose of this evaluation is to collect information that will assist in improving the effectiveness of the Academic Reboot Program on student academic achievement. This evaluation discusses the history of college academic rehabilitation programs, the significance of college academic rehabilitation programs, common barriers to success reported by students, and a variety of intervention strategies for students on Academic Warning and Academic Probation.

In this evaluation ...


The Impact Of High-Intensity Work On Student Employees From Disadvantaged Social Backgrounds, Jessica Della Hassell May 2020

The Impact Of High-Intensity Work On Student Employees From Disadvantaged Social Backgrounds, Jessica Della Hassell

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of high-intensity work on low-income students at Rowan University. This study assesses the needs of students from low-income families. It examines the impact of employment with regards to engagement.


How Does Disproportionality In Discipline Manifest In Rural Schools In Southeast Arkansas?, Julie Workman May 2020

How Does Disproportionality In Discipline Manifest In Rural Schools In Southeast Arkansas?, Julie Workman

Theses and Dissertations

African American students are disciplined in schools at disproportionately higher rates than White students. This trend was first reported in 1975 in a report by the Children’s Defense Fund and since that time, has been highly studied. However, most research has been conducted in urban or suburban schools, with less known about disproportionate discipline in rural schools. This study utilized an explanatory sequential mixed methods approach to explore disproportionate discipline between African American and White students in five rural schools located in Southeast Arkansas. The research questions were as follows: (1) How is discipline disproportionality perceived in specific rural ...


Who Is Riding The Bus And How Does It Impact Student Sleep, Attendance, Discipline, Mental Health, And Achievement?, Curtis Neil Hicks May 2020

Who Is Riding The Bus And How Does It Impact Student Sleep, Attendance, Discipline, Mental Health, And Achievement?, Curtis Neil Hicks

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The purpose of this research study was to determine the relationship between morning transportation mode choice, sleep, and factors that impact achievement for students in grades 9-12 at Sleepy Valley High School. The study also examined the relationship between race and/or socioeconomic status and morning transportation mode choice to determine to what extent, if any, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and minority populations are disproportionally affected by the district’s pupil transportation system.

Data related to morning transportation mode choice, factors that impact mode choice, student sleep, and mental health were collected through a 12 question Student Transportation Survey ...


Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Learning And Its Influence On Teachers’ Perception Of Student Behavior: An Analysis Of Ruler And The Anchors Of Emotional Intelligence, Brent B. Harrington May 2020

Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Learning And Its Influence On Teachers’ Perception Of Student Behavior: An Analysis Of Ruler And The Anchors Of Emotional Intelligence, Brent B. Harrington

Theses and Dissertations

This study was designed to assess the extent by which an evidence-based Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) program influenced teachers’ perception of students’ behavior in a small and diverse PK – 8 school district in Westchester County, NY. Specifically, the researcher evaluated the Anchors of Emotional Intelligence and the RULER framework to determine its impact on school climate as viewed from the perspective of staff in the district. Prior to commencing the study, the researcher recognized the negative staff narrative around student behavior in the district as a significant problem of practice that was observable, actionable and high leverage.

This mixed-methods study utilized ...


The Impact Of Academic Advising On Graduate Students' Perceptions Of Their Academic Success, Jason Salvatore Apr 2020

The Impact Of Academic Advising On Graduate Students' Perceptions Of Their Academic Success, Jason Salvatore

Theses and Dissertations

The goal of this study was to analyze how graduate students perceive their own academic success in their degree programs, and how that success is related to their experience with their academic advisors. This quantitative study consisted of a 16 question Likert scale survey and was sent to 1,258 graduate students at Rowan University. The students invited to participate in this survey were in degree programs from various Rowan University academic colleges. The purpose of this thesis is to review how important academic advising is to graduate student mentalities at Rowan University regarding their own success academically. There has ...


Small Places, Big Outcomes: An Ethnographic Case Study On Social Emotional Learning Skills And Development, Organizational Culture, And Place-Making In Small, Rural Schools In Southern New Jersey, Christina Marie Didonato Dillon Apr 2020

Small Places, Big Outcomes: An Ethnographic Case Study On Social Emotional Learning Skills And Development, Organizational Culture, And Place-Making In Small, Rural Schools In Southern New Jersey, Christina Marie Didonato Dillon

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative, ethnographic case study was to describe the ways in which three school leaders from small, rural PreK-8 districts (less than 1,000 students) in Southern New Jersey used similar methods for fostering partnerships with families and bonds between individuals, families and schools to address social emotional learning skills and development in the early childhood setting (grades pre-kindergarten through third grade). In addition, this study examined how the organizational culture of the educational organizations reinforced or undermined the relationship between school and family partnerships and bonds. This study investigated the linkage between school leaders' experiences and ...


The Lived Experiences Of First-Generation Black Men At A Predominantly White Institution And The Impact Of Sense Of Belonging On Their Social And Academic Integration, Mir Hatef Alavi Tabrizi Apr 2020

The Lived Experiences Of First-Generation Black Men At A Predominantly White Institution And The Impact Of Sense Of Belonging On Their Social And Academic Integration, Mir Hatef Alavi Tabrizi

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of first-generation Black men (FGBM) at a predominantly White institution (PWI). Through using Strayhorn's (2012, 2018) college sense of belonging and Tinto's (1993) student integration model of attrition theories, I examined the overall college experiences of FGBM at a PWI. When first-generation college students enter college, they are faced with academic, social, and financial challenges that make navigating college difficult (Ishitani, 2006). Additionally, Black undergraduate male students are faced with microaggressions, discrimination, alienation, stereotype, and cultural issues when they enroll in college (Harper, 2012; Strayhorn, 2008). These ...


Black Students At A Predominantly White Institution: Alcohol, Drugs, And Mental Health, Calvin Mahony Apr 2020

Black Students At A Predominantly White Institution: Alcohol, Drugs, And Mental Health, Calvin Mahony

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this quantitative study is to understand why Black students use or abuse alcohol and/or drugs while attending a predominantly White institution. Research suggests that the habits of Black students at a PWI are different than those of Black students at an HBCU, therefore, this study was conducted at a PWI to learn about these habits. This study was conducted via an anonymous Qualtrics survey sent to the entire Black or African-American student population at a predominantly White institution. This research found that most Black students at a PWI do not feel pressured to consume alcohol or ...


Bridge Or Barrier?, Andrea Denise Piercy Apr 2020

Bridge Or Barrier?, Andrea Denise Piercy

Theses and Dissertations

The goal of this study was to determine how participation in a summer bridge program prior to beginning an undergraduate collegiate career positively or negatively affects student success throughout their time at a college or university Additionally, the study took a look at the positive and negative transitional experiences of the students who participated. This qualitative study was completed by student participants who are currently enrolled at Rowan University and have participated in the ASCEND/EOF program. As a result of the study, the research will suggest recommendations based off of the feedback and experiences she received from the students ...


College Students With Disabilities' Perceptions Of An Academic Coaching Program Provided By Disability Resources, Benjamin Zachariah Wilner Apr 2020

College Students With Disabilities' Perceptions Of An Academic Coaching Program Provided By Disability Resources, Benjamin Zachariah Wilner

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore students' perceptions of the effectiveness of academic coaching for students with disabilities based on their majors. Based on the research question, this study was to identify how the Academic Coaching Program at Rowan University helps students become integrated into their majors. The participants in this study were five undergraduate students between 18-22 years old, who are registered with the Disability Resources Office, and have previously participated in the Academic Coaching Program. In this study, I conducted one semi-structured interview towards each student. Data was collected using an interview protocol, which ...


Utilizing Multicultural Literature To Foster Critical Literacy In A Secondary English Classroom, Denise Giaimo Mcnaughton Apr 2020

Utilizing Multicultural Literature To Foster Critical Literacy In A Secondary English Classroom, Denise Giaimo Mcnaughton

Theses and Dissertations

The overall purpose of this study was to research the impact of multicultural literature on secondary students' abilities to employ critical literacy techniques and develop empathy towards groups of people from marginalized and oppressed communities. Students in a 10th grade, Academic level classroom self-selected independent readings texts about multicultural social groups and engaged in small group discussions centered on questioning text through the lens of critical literacy throughout the semester. Small group discussions focused on identifying trends of inequality. Findings of this study include patterns in student book selection, trends in student understanding of identity and the implications of identity ...


Teachers' Sensemaking: Middle School And High School Language Arts Grading And Assessing Practices For Writing, Lana Michele Cook Apr 2020

Teachers' Sensemaking: Middle School And High School Language Arts Grading And Assessing Practices For Writing, Lana Michele Cook

Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative case study will examine how middle and high school language arts teachers in a single school district make sense of their grading practices. This paper explores how Language Arts teachers at different grade levels may be faced with a variety of contextual factors that influence their grading practices. In order to do justice to this topic, a literature review will situate and contextualize writing instruction, learning standards, and assessments. Using a qualitative single case study design, this study will present the findings from nineteen in-depth teacher interviews, document analysis, and field notes.


Successful Community College Students: A Case Study Of The Path To Transfer, Nancy Gartland Apr 2020

Successful Community College Students: A Case Study Of The Path To Transfer, Nancy Gartland

Theses and Dissertations

Efforts to expand equity within post-secondary education, and to increase the number of people who acquire a college degree or certificate nationally, depend on community colleges. The rate of success for community college students, measured in persistence and completion rates, is relatively low.

In the U. S. in the fall of 2017, sixty three percent of the 5.9 million community college students attended part-time (NCES, 2019). Outside of class engagement is difficult for these students who spend limited time on campus. A program design that promotes a high level of engagement may contribute to student success. Thus, I set ...


From Systems To Services: Changing The Way We Conceptualize Itss -- A Theoretical Framework And Proof-Of-Concept, Brice R. Colby Apr 2020

From Systems To Services: Changing The Way We Conceptualize Itss -- A Theoretical Framework And Proof-Of-Concept, Brice R. Colby

Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation consists of two articles. The first article describes an architecture for intelligent tutoring that focuses on modularity. This new architecture is based on Gibbons' layers theory for instructional design (2014). Splitting up the architecture for an intelligent tutor into layers allows different pieces to age at different rates which, in turn, allows the intelligent tutor to be adapted to new research and design theories. This architecture supports building intelligent tutoring services, nimble programs that can be assembled together to replicate the functions of intelligent tutoring without the expertise needed to create the services. Alternative architectures support building intelligent ...


Improving Mentoring In Higher Education, Camey Lei Andersen Apr 2020

Improving Mentoring In Higher Education, Camey Lei Andersen

Theses and Dissertations

As universities and institutions of higher education seek to improve retention, persistence, well-being, and overall college experience satisfaction for their students, there is an increased emphasis on mentoring in higher education. Improving mentoring in higher education--the specific tools, training, and practices that develop effective mentors--remains an often-elusive goal for college administrators and university mentoring programs and in research. This research examined available research on effective mentoring and provided recommendations for how to create successful mentors and mentoring programs in higher education. This dissertation is a three-article format presentation of information about mentoring in higher education. The first article is a ...


College Choice, Consumer Behavior, And Gender Enrollment Patterns: A Mixed Methods Case Study Of Marathon University, Jessica I. Syed Apr 2020

College Choice, Consumer Behavior, And Gender Enrollment Patterns: A Mixed Methods Case Study Of Marathon University, Jessica I. Syed

Theses and Dissertations

Gender and enrollment patterns in higher education have changed over the past 40 years, where women are now the majority of students enrolling in colleges and universities nationally each year compared to men (U.S. Department of Education, 2018b). Despite enrollment trends indicating a dramatic increase of female students at colleges and universities, Marathon University has experienced the opposite. The purpose of this concurrent, mixed methods case studies was to identify why female students are choosing not to enroll at Marathon University, despite relatively even rates of application and admission compared to male students. The intent of this study was ...


Faculty Orientations In Esl Professional Development, Jason T. Jay Mar 2020

Faculty Orientations In Esl Professional Development, Jason T. Jay

Theses and Dissertations

The role of teacher educators is vital to education, but when the population of public-school students shifts, or progress and advances in knowledge of the field or knowledge for teaching emerge, teacher education faces challenges. One such challenge involves a continuing increase in the proportion of second language learners entering primary and secondary schools, English learners (ELs) in this case. In such situations, teacher educators often do not have deep knowledge of second language acquisition or how to integrate attention to ELs within their regular courses. One response to this challenge is to provide professional development (PD) for teacher education ...


The Impact Of Multicultural Books In A First Grade Classroom, Lindsay Fox Mar 2020

The Impact Of Multicultural Books In A First Grade Classroom, Lindsay Fox

Theses and Dissertations

The goal of the study was to examine how first grade students build on their understanding of culture through the use of multicultural literature. Students were engaged in read alouds of quality multicultural texts that included texts that represented the Native American, transgender, African American, Mexican, Chinese and Indian cultures. Data collection consisted of questionnaires, reading responses during interactive read aloud, anecdotal records, and a teacher note-taking journal. An analysis of the data revealed that students were able to learn about cultures different from their own and see their own culture reflected in multicultural literature they were exposed to.


The Use Of Culturally Relevant Picture Books To Enhance Social And Emotional Learning In A Fourth Grade Classroom, Kelly Livingston Mar 2020

The Use Of Culturally Relevant Picture Books To Enhance Social And Emotional Learning In A Fourth Grade Classroom, Kelly Livingston

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of using culturally relevant picture books to enhance social and emotional learning in a fourth grade classroom. The study utilized the expertise of three different educational professionals, the literacy coach, the school social worker and the fourth grade teacher. Two Social Emotional Learning competencies were paired with three multicultural picture books. Students followed the procedure of discussion based upon what they already knew, what they wanted to learn and finally, after the reading and dialogue, what they learned. Students were asked about their prior knowledge of particular cultures and what ...


Reading Conferences To Support 5th Grade Independent Reading, Kaitlyn Carter Mar 2020

Reading Conferences To Support 5th Grade Independent Reading, Kaitlyn Carter

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to document how reading conferences can support students while independently reading. The specific goal was to focus on how reading conferences can help students become aware of their reading choices and text selection. Questions that guided my research included: How can reading conferences help hold students accountable for their independent reading? How are students selecting independent reading books? How can reading conferences encourage conversations when the text connects to the student's Funds of Knowledge? Do students make more connections to a text if they have prior background knowledge on the topic? Data was ...


Civil Engineer Company Grade Officer Competency-Based Education Modeling, Scott R. Guerin Mar 2020

Civil Engineer Company Grade Officer Competency-Based Education Modeling, Scott R. Guerin

Theses and Dissertations

The importance of continuing education for professionals cannot be understated. This importance is doubly true for Air Force Civil Engineer Company Grade Officers who are members of not only the profession of engineering, but also the profession of arms. Air Force senior leaders understand this importance and required an update to the existing developmental education model, with a paradigm shift toward competency-based education and credentialing. Unfortunately, the Air Force Civil Engineer career field does not currently possess the required information to create a model in compliance with the senior leader directives. This research aims at establishing the required characteristics of ...


A Grounded Theory Of Professional Development Preferences Of Millennial Educational Professionals, Bobbie M. Downs Feb 2020

A Grounded Theory Of Professional Development Preferences Of Millennial Educational Professionals, Bobbie M. Downs

Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this grounded research study is to answer the question: How should professional development be designed to best meet the preferences of educational professionals of the millennial generation? As the workplace, including the field of education, becomes more generationally diverse, it is education leaders who must learn the unique needs of their staff members and develop meaningful professional development opportunities that meet these requirements. Both generational cohort theory and transformative learning theory became the underpinnings of the research. The research was conducted primarily through qualitative interviews at an educational services commission in New Jersey. A theory about millennial ...