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Seeking Success: A Case Study Of African American Male Retention At A Two-Year College, Richard Latroy Moss May 2019

Seeking Success: A Case Study Of African American Male Retention At A Two-Year College, Richard Latroy Moss

Theses and Dissertations

There is a problem in higher education in the United States. African American students, specifically males, are not being retained and graduating. This problem is even more evident for students that attend two year colleges. African American male students lag behind white males, Hispanic males and African American females, in retention and graduation rates. This problem has caught the attention of many leaders. Policy makers and college leaders are among those who seek to understand the why and find solutions to the challenge of African American male student retention at two year colleges, as two year colleges are becoming the ...


Faculty Adaptation To Emerging Instructional Technologies In Higher Education, Marilyn Murrillo Jan 2019

Faculty Adaptation To Emerging Instructional Technologies In Higher Education, Marilyn Murrillo

University of the Pacific Theses and Dissertations

This study examined how and why faculty adopt podcasting as an instructional technology tool in their teaching. Podcasting is an instructional technology tool being used for teaching and learning in higher education. Faculty may record lectures with audio, video, and/or PowerPoint slides to instruct students on class material. Students may access podcasts at their convenience through various devices, including mobile devices and computers. Research has shown that students who use podcasts to study for tests tend to perform more successfully on tests. This study was a qualitative multiple case study of seven California community college faculty using podcasting as ...


The Effect Of Student Characteristics On The Frequency Of Faculty-Student Interaction In The Community College, Bryan Dale Renfro Jan 2017

The Effect Of Student Characteristics On The Frequency Of Faculty-Student Interaction In The Community College, Bryan Dale Renfro

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The open-door policy of community colleges has presented a unique challenge to increasing graduation rates. Student entry characteristics such as family background, academic ability, as well as external forces such as family, work, and community obligations, lack of finances, and campus environments with limited opportunities to interact with others all contribute to student departure (Braxton et al., 2004). There is a need to increase retention and completion using appropriate models to improve student engagement based on studies that clearly provide insight into the faculty and student relationship. The overall purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of the ...


Attracting, Recruiting, And Retaining Qualified Faculty At Community Colleges In Sierra Leone, Gloria Betts Jan 2017

Attracting, Recruiting, And Retaining Qualified Faculty At Community Colleges In Sierra Leone, Gloria Betts

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

This case study was designed to explore policies that were in place to attract, recruit, and retain qualified faculty for 4 community colleges in Sierra Leone. The research was necessitated by the apparent inability of Sierra Leone educators to train and retain faculty possessing the required academic credentials. The research questions were designed to address the policies and strategies used to attract and recruit faculty, better prepare faculty, improve the quality of classroom instruction, and retain qualified faculty at community colleges. The literature review yielded results about the benefits of community colleges in developing countries, thus reinforcing the need for ...


Race For Completion: Success Courses Components Fostering Successful Community College Completion, Brenda Roland Apr 2015

Race For Completion: Success Courses Components Fostering Successful Community College Completion, Brenda Roland

Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to identify the components of first-year first semester college success courses specifically designed to foster student success in single campus Illinois community colleges. The study provides a historical background of community colleges as it develops a context for the need for college success courses. A qualitative case study approach was used. The research conceptual framework encompassed Alexander Astin’s Theory of Student Involvement (IEO), Stufflebeam’s Theory of Course and Program Evaluation (CIPP), and The Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) seven key principles for student success to analyze the findings.

To generate ...


The Path To Innovation And Efficiency In Higher Education, Jordan Stein Jan 2013

The Path To Innovation And Efficiency In Higher Education, Jordan Stein

CMC Senior Theses

In this thesis, I discuss the emergence of the “non-traditional” post -secondary student and what is necessary to both narrow the socioeconomic education gap and make higher education more efficient for the vast majority of Americans. l explain how the current conglomeration of laws, regulations and proposed regulations stifle innovation and inhibit the achievement of a high Education Return On Investment. I discuss changes that are on the horizon and borrow from the success of certain innovations. In the final section, I suggest and review potential frameworks for education innovation and funding that can make a difference. I propose a ...


Student Engagement And Student Characteristics As Predictors Of Student Academic Achievement At Illinois Community Colleges, Randall Louis Egdorf Jan 2013

Student Engagement And Student Characteristics As Predictors Of Student Academic Achievement At Illinois Community Colleges, Randall Louis Egdorf

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to discover which student engagement variables and student characteristics predict student academic achievement. The research utilized the standardized national Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) to examine data from 19,516 students from 13 Illinois community colleges.

The outcome of student academic achievement was measured by grade point average and total credit hours. The predictive independent variables in this study were student engagement variables from the five standardized composite CCSSE benchmarks and the 38 individual variables from those benchmarks, and student characteristics. Descriptive statistics and ordinal logistic regression were used to analyze ...


The Community College President And The New Norm: Perceptions Of Preparedness To Take An Entrepreneurial Stance In Seeking Ethical Alternative Funding, Gregory Thomas Jan 2013

The Community College President And The New Norm: Perceptions Of Preparedness To Take An Entrepreneurial Stance In Seeking Ethical Alternative Funding, Gregory Thomas

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

ABSTRACT

The United States is currently enduring an economic downturn that has not been experienced since the great depression of the 1930s. The overall collapse of the economy has had an adverse impact on higher education. Arguably the public community college has faced greater fiscal hardship than any other branch of American higher education. The community college has encountered a complex assortment of challenges. In recent years the community college has experienced historical reductions in state appropriations, while at the same time experiencing record-breaking enrollment growth and increased performance expectations. Although enrollment numbers are beginning to level off, they still ...


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 ...


Two Paths, One Goal: Student Success Examining Student Affairs In Community Colleges And For-Profit Post-Secondary Institutions, De'reese L. Reid-Hart Jun 2011

Two Paths, One Goal: Student Success Examining Student Affairs In Community Colleges And For-Profit Post-Secondary Institutions, De'reese L. Reid-Hart

Dissertations

In the 21st century, the potential for opportunities to obtain an education has become a reality and as a result, many students are embarking on a journey of social mobility and are assimilating into the milieu of higher learning. Affordability, accessibility, and program types are factors that have historically made public community colleges the primary option for students as they aspired to obtain higher education. However, with the rapid growth of for-profit post-secondary institutions offering similar programs, flexible hours, and accelerated degree options, students who would have traditionally enrolled at a public community college are now choosing to attend ...


Institutional Effectiveness And A Culture Of Evidence: Accountability Cornerstones For The Community College In The 21st Century, Teresa Renee Mckinney Mar 2011

Institutional Effectiveness And A Culture Of Evidence: Accountability Cornerstones For The Community College In The 21st Century, Teresa Renee Mckinney

Dissertations

This study explores the complexity of accountability demands that have emerged in the 21st century from a variety of community college stakeholders. As community college leaders attempt to foster a new accountability culture within their institutions to quell these demands, questions regarding how to go about creating effective systems for continuous quality improvement emerge. This research focused on discovery, insights and understanding from the perspectives of community college leaders engaged in this process, reveals proven strategies to address these and other concerns while improving institutional effectiveness. This qualitative inquiry used a case study methodology to disentangle these issues through ...


Unlocking Doors For The Locked-Out: How Can Community Colleges Help To Demolish Barriers, Build Bridges, And Transition Male Ex-Offenders Into The Workforce, Jeannette Collins-Molden Aug 2009

Unlocking Doors For The Locked-Out: How Can Community Colleges Help To Demolish Barriers, Build Bridges, And Transition Male Ex-Offenders Into The Workforce, Jeannette Collins-Molden

Dissertations

Over 670,000 adult prisoners were released in 2004. It is estimated that by 2010 over 1.2 million inmates will be released annually. The purpose of this study was to explore (a) barriers that male ex-offenders encounter in their pursuit of entering the workforce and (b) various types of education and support services that community colleges could provide in order to assist this marginalized population in overcoming these barriers. This qualitative case study was conducted at a community college offering programs that attracted a population of at least 50% male ex-offenders. Six male ex-offender students, four of the case ...


Strategic Planning Leadership In Illinois Community Colleges: Who Is Leading The Process?, Tasha S. Williams Apr 2009

Strategic Planning Leadership In Illinois Community Colleges: Who Is Leading The Process?, Tasha S. Williams

Dissertations

Planning is believed to bring stability, growth and reassurance to our lives. Since the recent economic downturn in the U.S. economy, individuals, families, small businesses, and major corporations are all looking to planners to assess every aspect of their financial futures. So, when it comes to our community colleges, the fabric of higher education in America, who is leading the planning process?

The 21st century will continue to unveil new challenges for community colleges. Beset with many challenges such as an austere funding environment, growing diverse student populations, community issues and needs, impending leadership and faculty retirements, globalization, and ...


Headed For The Heartland: Decision-Making Factors For International Students To Attend Rural And Suburban Community College In Illinois, Eric John Bohman Mar 2009

Headed For The Heartland: Decision-Making Factors For International Students To Attend Rural And Suburban Community College In Illinois, Eric John Bohman

Dissertations

Despite record growth in international student enrollment at community colleges, little is known about how the international students learn about community colleges and ultimately decide to attend. The purpose of this research is to identify what factors lead international students to decide to attend Illinois community colleges. Furthermore, this study explores both the knowledge students had about community colleges and the sources of this information prior to their decision to attend.

The research study utilized a multi-theoretical framework encompassing world culture theory, push-pull theory, and cognitive decision making theory. Using a qualitative case study design, thirteen international students from four ...