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A Study Of The Academic Performance Of Iowa Valley Community College District Transfer Students , Lisa Michelle Breja Jan 2006

A Study Of The Academic Performance Of Iowa Valley Community College District Transfer Students , Lisa Michelle Breja

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to assess the academic performance of Iowa Valley Community College District transfer students at the Iowa Regent institutions. The study analyzed the Regent first-term and cumulative GPA of IVCCD students who transferred to a Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa between 2000 and 2004. Four research questions guided the study: (1) What are the academic characteristics of IVCCD students who transferred to Regent institutions? (2) How did students perform at Regent institutions upon transfer? (3) Did transfer students experience a recovery in GPA at the time of baccalaureate ...


Empowering Lifelong Learners Through Knowledge Of Individual Learning Processes: A Case Study At One Community College , Ellengray Gutzman Kennedy Jan 2003

Empowering Lifelong Learners Through Knowledge Of Individual Learning Processes: A Case Study At One Community College , Ellengray Gutzman Kennedy

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

According to Armstrong (1999), almost all students struggle at one point or another in their academic careers. True learning often eludes students due to ineffective study strategies, poor understanding of teacher expectations, limited knowledge of individual learning preferences, and a general confusion over what is superfluous and what is meaningful. The purpose of this study was to determine if students can learn strategies that enhance their ability to learn, reduce intimidation and, thus, manage stress during the learning process in order to maximize learning potential.;The case study method (Yin, 1994) was selected, with the research site being a small ...


A Comparison Of The Enrollment, Persistence And Transfer Rates Of White And Minority Students At Des Moines Area Community College , Kim Jeanine Linduska Jan 2003

A Comparison Of The Enrollment, Persistence And Transfer Rates Of White And Minority Students At Des Moines Area Community College , Kim Jeanine Linduska

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The role of the community college has been to unlock the doors of education opportunity for all individuals, and provide the entry point to higher education. Community colleges are the primary gateway to education for many of our minority and first generation students. Reflecting national trends, enrollment of minority students in Iowa's community colleges is increasing. The available transfer data demonstrate the low participation and transfer rates of minority students in community colleges and in higher education, in general, in Iowa. A detailed analysis of the number of minority students enrolling, and persisting in community colleges and transferring to ...


Community College Finance: Current Funds Revenue Sources In 11 Midwest States In The Decade Of The 1990s , Carol Noel Piper Kenton Jan 2003

Community College Finance: Current Funds Revenue Sources In 11 Midwest States In The Decade Of The 1990s , Carol Noel Piper Kenton

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Twelve current funds revenue sources utilized by 212 community colleges in 11 Midwest states during the decade of the 1990s were analyzed, using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), available on the Internet. Comparisons were made by state as well as time, using the two-way analysis of variance. Of particular interest were trends in the proportions of student tuition and fees, and state and/or local appropriations from 1990 to 1995 to 2000. Also examined was the states' use of alternative funding sources to compensate for a possible reduction in government appropriations. Different funding models within the ...


A Longitudinal Study Of Dual Credit Enrollment Of High School Students As An Accelerator For Degree Completion , Joseph Edward Nitzke Jan 2002

A Longitudinal Study Of Dual Credit Enrollment Of High School Students As An Accelerator For Degree Completion , Joseph Edward Nitzke

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Dual credit programs allow high school students to enroll in postsecondary institutions while still in high school, earning concurrent high school and college credit. Because dual credit programs can serve a variety of purposes (financial, educational, and systemic), they have gained prominence in education reform initiatives. My study evaluated one school-based dual credit program partnered through a Midwestern community college.;Two research questions guided the study: (1) Are high school students who earn early college credit more likely than traditionally-enrolled students to complete college degrees? (2) Does this form of dual credit program yield accelerated educational progress for students? I ...


Community College Counseling: Present Realities; Perspectives For The Future , Linda M. Peterson Jan 2002

Community College Counseling: Present Realities; Perspectives For The Future , Linda M. Peterson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The point of entry into higher education for approximately half of all students is America's community colleges. Community colleges provide access to higher education to students who are extremely diverse in their educational preparation and personal backgrounds. Student services administrators and counselors agree that today's students are more in need of counseling services than ever before. At the same time, counseling positions are being decreased or even eliminated in all sectors of education. Counselors are on the front lines of providing critical services to under prepared or high-risk students. If the current trend continues, many high-risk students may ...


The Development Of An Evaluation Process: Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Programs (260e) , Karen Fay Poole Jan 2002

The Development Of An Evaluation Process: Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Programs (260e) , Karen Fay Poole

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

In 2002, the State of Iowa is developing guidelines for implementation of the Accountability Government Action, House File 687. This legislation will require all state departments to develop planning and accountability strategies that will fit within the overall direction of state government. The pilot research was conducted utilizing one community college and a single participating company, through case study methodology, and developed an evaluation process and instruments to measure the effectiveness of economic development initiatives, specifically Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Programs (260E). Three additional community colleges and participating 260E businesses volunteered to pilot the evaluation instruments and compiled results ...


The Outstanding Community College President: A Case Study Of Four Presidents , Stanley Olin Vittetoe Jan 2001

The Outstanding Community College President: A Case Study Of Four Presidents , Stanley Olin Vittetoe

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to discover how outstanding community college presidents conceptualize their leadership practices and behaviors and what experiences they believe have prepared them for the presidency. It also sought to learn how their strategic constituencies evaluated the presidents. Purposeful sampling was used to select four community college presidents from a group of presidents identified as outstanding using a peer nomination process in a previous study by C. H. McFarlin (1997).;Personal interviews were conducted with each president and representatives of their critical constituencies: faculty, administrators, and the governing board. In addition, at each institution, the ...


Iowa's Community College Transfer Students, 1996-2000: Demographics, Graduation, And Retention Rates , Ann Marie Fields Jan 2001

Iowa's Community College Transfer Students, 1996-2000: Demographics, Graduation, And Retention Rates , Ann Marie Fields

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study compares Iowa community college (CC) transfer students who transferred to one of Iowa's three Regent universities in the fall of 1996 to students who started at one of the Iowa Regent universities in 1994 and who were still attending such university in the fall of 1996 (referred to as non-transfer, or NT, students). In previous educational literature, these students have been referred to as "native" students. To be culturally sensitive, this study identifies these students as "non-transfer students" or NT students. Demographic comparisons are made according to age, gender, ACT scores, and the number of credits either ...


Nontraditional Students' Learning And Developmental Experiences At Two-Year Institutions: An Assessment Of Hispanic/Latino(A) Students' Experiences At Selected Community Colleges In Iowa , Jaime Hernandez Mijangos Jan 2001

Nontraditional Students' Learning And Developmental Experiences At Two-Year Institutions: An Assessment Of Hispanic/Latino(A) Students' Experiences At Selected Community Colleges In Iowa , Jaime Hernandez Mijangos

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Despite the latest substantial increase in Hispanic/Latino(a) students enrollment in Higher Education institutions, more than 20% since 1993 at two-year and four-year colleges and universities and an increased enrollment of 4.7% in community colleges during a one-year period (1996--1997), issues of retention, transfer, and graduation are still the main focus of educational researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Iowa community colleges have followed similar enrollment trends in the last decade or so when considering the growth of nontraditional students (Hispanic/Latino(a)s among them) entering such two-year institutions. As any other ethnic minority student group, Hispanic/Latino ...


Community College Academic Deans: Leadership Frames And Stress , Christopher A. Russell Jan 2000

Community College Academic Deans: Leadership Frames And Stress , Christopher A. Russell

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The academic dean is a middle manager leader with multiple roles in community and technical colleges. This dean has the dual responsibility of guiding the direction of the academic program for faculty at the college and handling the daily tasks of administration;The deans' control over their roles was examined through their ability to influence situations with different leadership styles. Balancing the roles and daily contacts with students, staff, faculty and other administrators creates stress if the demands of the job are beyond the personal control of the dean. Executive stress costs educational organizations time and money. Through extensive study ...


Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents In The United States , Barbara Jo Crittenden Jan 1997

Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents In The United States , Barbara Jo Crittenden

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Given the important role of community colleges and the critical role the presidents of these institutions play, it is important that research is conducted that will help clarify what makes some community college presidents effective while others are not, what preparatory factors contribute to development of outstanding leaders, and how leadership can be strengthened through improved preparation of leaders. This study explored nine preparation factors which may contribute to development of outstanding community college leadership skills. Respondents were also divided into five geographic regions and compared to determine if differences existed by location;A survey instrument designed to collect demographic ...


Study Of The Comparative Perceptions Of The Communication Of Vision By Iowa Community College Presidents , Winston Black Jr. Jan 1997

Study Of The Comparative Perceptions Of The Communication Of Vision By Iowa Community College Presidents , Winston Black Jr.

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to examine the perceptions of the communication of vision by Iowa community college presidents. The perceptions of two groups with whom community college presidents interact on a regular basis, members of the boards of directors and leadership team members, are investigated and compared with the perceptions of the communication of vision the presidents have of themselves. The entire populations of these three groups, 242 individuals, were invited to participate in the study with a return rate of 73%;The approach taken in this study begins with an historical look at leadership and the significance of vision ...


Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents , Charles Henry Mcfarlin Jan 1997

Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents , Charles Henry Mcfarlin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The need for skilled senior leaders within community colleges has long been acknowledged. This study identified and explored preparation factors which may contribute to the development of outstanding community college leadership skills;Surveys designed to collect both demographic information and information on the respondent's leadership preparation were sent to all presidents of public, two year institutions located in the Upper Midwest. A return rate of 85% (125/147) was achieved. A peer rating method was used to divide the respondents into two groups; outstanding/leading and normative;Demographic data from the two groups were compared. The peer selected outstanding ...


Community College General Education Impact On Student Critical Thinking Ability , Judith Hansen Jan 1997

Community College General Education Impact On Student Critical Thinking Ability , Judith Hansen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study of the impact of community college general education, semester hours on student critical thinking ability responded to national and regional research recommendations in analysis of three components: (1) critical thinking, (2) general education, and (3) community college. Student critical thinking ability was measured by student scores on the ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Critical Thinking component exam. General education was defined as the semester hours completed in each of five general education areas required for associate degree graduation: communications, humanities, math, science, and social science. All data for this study were obtained from the records of ...


A Feasibility Study To Determine If There Is A Market For Iowa Central Community College Storm Lake To Offer Arts/Sciences And Vocational Technical Courses, Sharon Louise Holmes Jan 1995

A Feasibility Study To Determine If There Is A Market For Iowa Central Community College Storm Lake To Offer Arts/Sciences And Vocational Technical Courses, Sharon Louise Holmes

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Women's Leadership Development: A Case Study Involving Iowa's Community Colleges And The Leadership Institute For A New Century , Glenda Kay Gallisath Jan 1995

Women's Leadership Development: A Case Study Involving Iowa's Community Colleges And The Leadership Institute For A New Century , Glenda Kay Gallisath

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to describe the role of the Leadership Institute for a New Century (LINC) in leadership development for women and people of color. The case study of selected LINC stakeholders focused on leadership development, the enhancement of leadership skills, and the use of type theory in leadership development. Data sources used were: (1) the Satisfaction and Perception Survey completed by LINC participants; (2) personal semi-structured interviews of selected LINC stakeholders; (3) the data base of type profiles for LINC participants, using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Methods of data analysis were descriptive statistics for the ...


An Outcomes Study Of Students Participating In The Iowa Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act 1990-1993 , Sherril Ann Harris Jan 1995

An Outcomes Study Of Students Participating In The Iowa Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act 1990-1993 , Sherril Ann Harris

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The Iowa Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEOA) was passed by the Iowa Legislature in 1987 and permits high school students to enroll in college classes for college credit and also apply that credit to high school graduation requirements. To date no longitudinal research has been conducted to track students participating in this program through a four-year university experience, and the state's educational sectors have indicated a need for such research. This study tracked the educational progress of 204 high school students who earned PSEO credit through four Iowa community colleges and transferred this credit to Iowa's three Regent ...


Satisfaction With College Outcomes And Career Services: A Study Of Students Enrolled At Public 2-Year And 4-Year Institutions In The Midwest , Luanne M. Ahrens Jan 1994

Satisfaction With College Outcomes And Career Services: A Study Of Students Enrolled At Public 2-Year And 4-Year Institutions In The Midwest , Luanne M. Ahrens

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine student perception of the importance of attaining skills and to measure college satisfaction as students were about to graduate or leave their current public college. The study utilized American College Testing's (ACT) World-of-Work Map and College Outcomes Survey instrument;Participants in this study, 4,421 college students at 36 public 2- and 4-year institutions in 13 Midwestern states, rated the perceived importance of attaining 26 skills, expressed their level of satisfaction with 39 aspects of college life and identified their occupational choice. In addition, descriptive information was gathered including lifetime educational ...


Evaluation Of Two-Way Interactive Television For Community College Instruction: Development Of An Instrument And Assessment Of Student Attitudes , Christine Knupp Sorensen Jan 1994

Evaluation Of Two-Way Interactive Television For Community College Instruction: Development Of An Instrument And Assessment Of Student Attitudes , Christine Knupp Sorensen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation is organized in three sections. The first section includes a review of the literature related to distance education covering (1) the history and definition of distance education, (2) a review of evaluation instruments used to assess student perceptions and attitudes, and (3) a summary of research findings in five areas of distance education: student motivation, student persistence, student achievement, student satisfaction, and comparisons of students in distance and traditional education settings. The focus of the literature review is on distance education using telecommunications technologies;Second, an article describing the development of an evaluation instrument for use in an ...


Factors Related To The Academic Success Of Community College Agricultural Students Who Transfer To Four-Year Institutions , Daniel Warren Brown Jan 1994

Factors Related To The Academic Success Of Community College Agricultural Students Who Transfer To Four-Year Institutions , Daniel Warren Brown

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was designed to answer questions as to whether community college Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree students transfer and, if so, whether they are successful academically;Based on the overall transfer rate, it appears that vocational educational programs in agriculture at Iowa's community colleges are meeting their primary mission of school to work;For this study five hypotheses were formulated to determine whether there was a relationship between when the decision was made to transfer by AAS agricultural community college students and their performance and progress in the four-year institution;Two questionnaires were developed to collect the ...


Student, Instructor, And Program Factors Associated With Student Success In An Associate Degree Nursing Program , Mary Furleigh Woerner Jan 1993

Student, Instructor, And Program Factors Associated With Student Success In An Associate Degree Nursing Program , Mary Furleigh Woerner

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study's primary purpose was to identify student, instructor, and program factors associated with student success in the Associate Degree Nursing program at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). Involving one class, the research utilized quantitative and qualitative components;The quantitative study used two instruments. First, the National League for Nursing (NLN) Comprehensive Nursing Achievement Test was given as a pretest at the beginning of the class's first semester in the program and later, as a posttest, at the end of their sophomore second semester. "Value-added" scores (the difference between pre- and posttest scores) were calculated for each ...


College Bound/Images: How Students Perceive A Precollege Program To Increase The Pool Of Ethnic Minorities Seeking College Admission At Iowa's Regents Institutions , Sandy Hoagland Jr. Jan 1993

College Bound/Images: How Students Perceive A Precollege Program To Increase The Pool Of Ethnic Minorities Seeking College Admission At Iowa's Regents Institutions , Sandy Hoagland Jr.

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine how students who are academically marginal or academically at-risk perceive College Bound/Images as a precollege program to increase the pool of ethnic minorities seeking college admission at Iowa's Regents institutions. The study identifies factors associated with students' perceptions of College Bound/Images as a precollege program to increase the pool of ethnic minorities seeking college admission upon high school completion in Iowa. The research was guided by 17 questions;The second phase of the study involved a mailed questionnaire to 450 ethnic minority students currently enrolled in the College Bound ...


Effectiveness Of Developmental Courses And The Voluntary Placement System At An Iowa Community College , Karen Perry Pierson Jan 1993

Effectiveness Of Developmental Courses And The Voluntary Placement System At An Iowa Community College , Karen Perry Pierson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose was to evaluate developmental course effectiveness by comparing three groups of students in terms of the following: cumulative grade point average; total credits earned; goal attainment for certificate, degree, and transfer; certificate earned; and degree earned. The three groups were: (1) Exempt Group: exempt from developmental skills courses in reading, writing, numerical skills, and elementary algebra, (2) Completer Group: completed all four developmental skills courses (may have been exempt from some), and (3) Did Not Complete Group: assessed as needing at least one developmental skills course and did not complete at least one. The effectiveness of the voluntary ...


Community College Community Services/Continuing Education Directors: Competencies Needed For Future Leadership , Dale Alan Amunson Jan 1993

Community College Community Services/Continuing Education Directors: Competencies Needed For Future Leadership , Dale Alan Amunson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to identify and define competencies for community college community services/continuing education directors;A review of literature on community college community services/continuing education, community services leadership, community college presidential competencies, and business management/leadership was conducted. The review of literature yielded little literature on community services/continuing education research and writings. Literature on community college presidential competencies and business management/leadership was more prevalent which provided competencies appropriate for community service/continuing education directors. A doctoral dissertation conducted in 1989 provided a set of 43 identified competencies for community college presidents. The competencies ...


Selected Perceptions Of Aspects Of Sex Equity And Affirmative Action Within Iowa Community Colleges , Carl Roy Heilman Jan 1992

Selected Perceptions Of Aspects Of Sex Equity And Affirmative Action Within Iowa Community Colleges , Carl Roy Heilman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research project was undertaken in order to study selected perceptions of issues related to sex equity and affirmative action within chosen Iowa merged area community colleges. The four major objectives of this research project were to determine the extent of knowledge of the adoption of institutional policies relating to state-mandated affirmative action, to determine the extent of knowledge of the implementation of state-mandated policies relating to affirmative action, to determine if there is a need for policy implementation on the part of community colleges, and to determine if the Iowa Department of Education should continue to promote affirmative action ...


The Impact Of Incoming Student Characteristics And College Environment On Community College Student Success , Susan Croy Norton Jan 1992

The Impact Of Incoming Student Characteristics And College Environment On Community College Student Success , Susan Croy Norton

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to identify incoming student characteristics and college environment variables predictive of student success at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). Using the I-E-O model developed by Astin, the researcher investigated input variables of prior academic achievement, gender, race, personality type, age, socio-economic status, and educational goal; environmental variables of full or part time attendance, on or off campus classes, commuter or dormitory residence, major area of study, goal congruence, student involvement, and student satisfaction; and student success measured by self-assessment, grade point average, and ratio of number of hours completed to number of ...


Factors That Influence Course Difficulty , George Cleveland Bradley Jan 1992

Factors That Influence Course Difficulty , George Cleveland Bradley

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Throughout the academic community it is generally accepted that there are degrees of difficulty among college courses. The source of variability in course difficulty could be related to background knowledge of students, variability in instructional methods, and variability in the characteristics of the subject matter;Some courses may be more difficult than other courses because of the content of the courses. These are the courses that present students with abstract ideas and are based on the assumption that students have the ability to think in abstract terms. The vocabulary presented in many of these courses is often foreign to students ...


Academic Advising: A Comparative Analysis Of National Norms In Public Community Colleges And In The League For Innovation In The Community College , Dava Paulette James Jan 1992

Academic Advising: A Comparative Analysis Of National Norms In Public Community Colleges And In The League For Innovation In The Community College , Dava Paulette James

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The focus of this study was the identification and analysis of academic advising model components and trends in public community colleges and in the League for Innovation in the Community College, a national, nonprofit, educational consortium of progressive community colleges. The results of a 1987 American College Testing national survey and the results of a 1992 survey of League for Innovation members were utilized. Based on these data, academic advising delivery systems were analyzed and reviewed for the purpose of identifying the components of quality advising programs in community colleges;The study elicited answers to the following research questions: (1 ...


Perceptions Of Existing And Desired Institutional Goal Priorities Among Four Major Constituent Groups At A Multi-Campus Community College , Daphanne Lynette Thomas Jan 1991

Perceptions Of Existing And Desired Institutional Goal Priorities Among Four Major Constituent Groups At A Multi-Campus Community College , Daphanne Lynette Thomas

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research provides an analysis of the perceptions of existing and desired institutional goal priorities at the multi-campus, single-unit, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). The purpose of this study was to determine the degree of similarities and differences both between and within key constituent groups--faculty, students, administrators, and trustees--regarding the importance of goal statements from the Community College Goals Inventory (CCGI), developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS);An one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and t-test from the SPSSx statistical computer package was employed to determine the difference between the constituent groups and campuses. When statistically significant differences were ...