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2007

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Differences In Bachelors Degree Attainment: Are College Degrees A Function Of Habitus?, Colin S. Mccaleb Dec 2007

Differences In Bachelors Degree Attainment: Are College Degrees A Function Of Habitus?, Colin S. Mccaleb

Dissertations

This study sought evidence that Pierre Bourdieu's habitus influences college graduation and college transferring patterns. Hypothesizing that low socio-economic students have to change their habitus in the elitist environment of higher education, two research questions were advanced to explore this phenomenon, the first asking if there was evidence consistent with the idea that habitus influenced graduation rates, the second question asking if there was evidence consistent with the idea that habitus influenced transferring patterns. Under each research question, several hypotheses were tested using descriptive statistics, analysis of variance, Chi square tests of independence, and logistic regressions. Income and civic ...


Community College Retention: The Role Of Late Registration Policies, Kay L. Keck Aug 2007

Community College Retention: The Role Of Late Registration Policies, Kay L. Keck

Dissertations

The study provided for a clearer understanding of the impact of late registration on community college retention and student persistence. Of particular interest were the results of the examination of the course-specific side of late registration. The most significant findings of this study were: (1) Students who registered and began a course on time had a greater likelihood to successfully complete the course. The consequences students associated with late registration included missing critical first class day information and feeling rushed and unprepared to begin the class; (2) A majority of late registrants were successful in the late registered course, and ...


Creating A Comprehensive Early Warning System To Further Student Success And Retention, Shane P. Hammond Jun 2007

Creating A Comprehensive Early Warning System To Further Student Success And Retention, Shane P. Hammond

CCLA Capstone Projects

Student retention is critical to successful outcomes in higher education today. This completed project is about how to better track a student's performance and work with those struggling academically so that they are given the tools to better academic performance. This project reviewed the Academic Deficiency Report System at Greenfield Community College and identified flaws in the process that did not serve the students well. Based on the author's research of early warning models in the literature and best practices across the state of Massachusetts, an Early Progress Report and notification process was developed. This new version of ...


Community College Partnerships With Business And Industry, Maryann Sharpley Lavendar Jun 2007

Community College Partnerships With Business And Industry, Maryann Sharpley Lavendar

Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to describe, analyze and interpret the expectations and outcomes of industry partnerships with community colleges to determine their value, emerging themes that have contributed to their success or demise, and whether the goals initially set forth in establishing these partnerships was achieved. This study is based upon resource dependency theory, which proposed that if government and state funding given in support of community college education was diminishing, then the need is to better understand the value of and how community college and industry partnerships are working toward continuation. Resource dependency theory revolves around the ...


Why They Persis: Exploring The Educational Experiences Of Adult Women Currently Enrolled Part Time At A Midwest Community College, Elizabeth Michelle Cox Jan 2007

Why They Persis: Exploring The Educational Experiences Of Adult Women Currently Enrolled Part Time At A Midwest Community College, Elizabeth Michelle Cox

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to describe, interpret, and analyze the educational experiences and factors contributing to the decision to persist for adult, female, part-time students currently enrolled at a community college in the Midwest. This study sought to expand the research on student retention by describing the perspectives of adult female students who are enrolled part time at a community college in the Midwest. Through the guiding framework of feminist standpoint theory this study described, interpreted, and analyzed the educational experiences of the adult female participants.


An Assessment Of Leadership Development Programs For Employees In Iowa's Community Colleges, Karen J. Vickers Jan 2007

An Assessment Of Leadership Development Programs For Employees In Iowa's Community Colleges, Karen J. Vickers

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The development of potential leaders for the community college system is critical for their continued success. Research has indicated that many community college administrative staff are preparing for their retirements. As current leaders take their leave, it is essential to ensure there are qualified persons stepping forward to continue leading the colleges. Leadership development programs must be in place to assure there are trained leaders to continue the tradition of the community colleges.;The purpose of this study was to describe the impact of two existing leadership development programs on the community college system and its employees in Iowa. The ...


Assessing Writing Through Reflection: A Qualitative Inquiry, Eden F. Pearson Jan 2007

Assessing Writing Through Reflection: A Qualitative Inquiry, Eden F. Pearson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Writing is a challenge to teach and difficult to assess. However, in this era of accountability, college-level writing must be assessed. The problem addressed in this case study was whether the writing ability of community college students could be authentically assessed. The purpose of this study was to seek to understand the nature of reflection in writing assessment. The experiences of first-year composition instructors, first-year composition students, and trained portfolio readers who participated in a new, holistically-scored portfolio course evaluation program at an urban, Midwestern community college were explored. The assessment required first-year composition students to submit a reflective letter ...


The Influence Of Organizational And Governance Structures On The Frequency Of Management Skill Utilization Of Community College Chief Executive Officers In The United States, Timothy R. Oxley Jan 2007

The Influence Of Organizational And Governance Structures On The Frequency Of Management Skill Utilization Of Community College Chief Executive Officers In The United States, Timothy R. Oxley

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

Community colleges are purported to be in the midst of a leadership crisis due to the impending retirements of chief executive officers (CEOs) and senior administrators over the next several years. Concurrently, the demands upon CEOs to effectively and efficiently manage their institutions are more critical now in an effort to balance the demands placed upon them by public policy and institutional stakeholders. The purpose of this research was to examine the influence of institutional context, governance and organizational structures, on the frequency with which CEOs utilized certain management skills. The study population was community college CEOs as identified by ...


The Challenges Of The Community College Presidency In The New Millennium: Pathways, Preparation, Competencies, And Leadership Programs Needed To Survive, Christopher A. Duree Jan 2007

The Challenges Of The Community College Presidency In The New Millennium: Pathways, Preparation, Competencies, And Leadership Programs Needed To Survive, Christopher A. Duree

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Many of the community college presidents, upper-level administrators, and faculty, who began their careers during the advent of the community colleges in the 1960's and 1970's, are nearing the end of their careers. In a survey conducted by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in 2001, community college presidents responded that 45% planned to retire by 2007 (Shults, 2001). In a similar study, Weisman and Vaughan (2002) found that 79% of the presidents surveyed intended to retire by 2012. The amount of history, experience and expertise that will be lost with their retirement is immeasurable.;In April ...


Teaching And Learning In Community: A Phenomenological Study Of Community College Faculty Pedagogy And Learning Communities, Randall Eugene Jedele Jan 2007

Teaching And Learning In Community: A Phenomenological Study Of Community College Faculty Pedagogy And Learning Communities, Randall Eugene Jedele

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study explored whether faculty/student collaboration in learning communities can help fulfill faculty members' professional developmental needs, and if so, how these teaching experiences in learning communities benefit the faculty and their institution. The research sought to discover if faculty perceived that they experienced rejuvenation because of their participation in learning communities, and as a result of this rejuvenation, did they perceive that they had altered their pedagogy. And finally, the study investigated whether or not faculty perceived if their participation in learning communities affected their stand-alone classes and other college responsibilities such as committee work. This qualitative inquiry ...


The Preferred Classroom Environment Of College-Level Business Administration Students In Urban Community Colleges, Thomas J. Cox Jan 2007

The Preferred Classroom Environment Of College-Level Business Administration Students In Urban Community Colleges, Thomas J. Cox

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

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Intimate Partner Violence Among Male And Female U.S. Community College Students, Shakiera Benson Jan 2007

Intimate Partner Violence Among Male And Female U.S. Community College Students, Shakiera Benson

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

Intimate partner violence affects a significant portion of college-aged individuals, but researchers know little about how the intersection of age, race, class, and gender influence intimate partner violence among community college students in the United States. In this quantitative correlational study, I examined the relationship between intimate partner violence and gender, race, age, class, marital status, and past abuse among community college students using the intersectionality theory. I used the Abusive Behavior Inventory and a demographic survey to collect data via a convenience sample of the target population of men (n = 220) and women (n = 330) attending a community college ...