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Application-Based Learning: How Community College Business Students Learn To Apply Knowledge To Their Professional Employment, Joe Hanson Jan 2008

Application-Based Learning: How Community College Business Students Learn To Apply Knowledge To Their Professional Employment, Joe Hanson

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Connections, Confidence, And Competence: The Meaning Of Professional Development For Community College Support Staff Personnel, Juliana Gammon Huiskamp Jan 2008

Connections, Confidence, And Competence: The Meaning Of Professional Development For Community College Support Staff Personnel, Juliana Gammon Huiskamp

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Using a qualitative, phenomenological methodology this dissertation study describes and examines the meaning of participation in professional development for community college support staff and the perceived meaning, benefits, and challenges to both the individual participant and the institution. The research site is an urban Midwestern U.S. community college that offers a comprehensive staff development program. The study includes the perspectives of both support staff participants in professional development and administrative staff who work closely with the program. A total of 15, all female, participants---11 support staff and four administrative staff---took part in the study.;This study was of interest ...


From Working-Class Origins To Academia: Community College Women Who Have Crossed The Great Class Divide, Lyn A. Brodersen Jan 2008

From Working-Class Origins To Academia: Community College Women Who Have Crossed The Great Class Divide, Lyn A. Brodersen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

There is a paucity of research about the experiences of women from working-class families who become faculty or administrators in higher education institutions. Most research and literature about the experiences of female faculty and administrators focus on those women who work in four-year college and university settings. This phenomenology focused on the experiences of nine working-class women who are faculty and administrators at a large, Midwestern, multi-campus community college. The participants shared their perceptions and experiences as children and adolescents in a working-class family, as students, as wives and mothers, and as community college professionals, and how these shaped their ...


Mission Possible: Skills 2010--A Study Of Kirkwood Community College's Employers' Skills And Education Needs, Dee Baird Jan 2008

Mission Possible: Skills 2010--A Study Of Kirkwood Community College's Employers' Skills And Education Needs, Dee Baird

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

How do employers in a rural seven-county region in the middle of the United States compete in an international market? And how does the local community college help? These questions need to be answered on an ongoing basis in order for the region served by Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to stay economically viable and for the College to fulfill its mission. The purpose of this dissertation was to conduct a research study to inform Kirkwood, as well as appropriate economic development partners and the community, about education and skill needs of employers.;Questions guiding the research were ...


The Community College Presidency In The New Millennium: Gender Differences In Leadership Preparation, Alethea F. Stubbe Jan 2008

The Community College Presidency In The New Millennium: Gender Differences In Leadership Preparation, Alethea F. Stubbe

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Community colleges educate nearly half of all students in higher education. With the majority of presidents, upper-level administrators and faculty nearing retirement, community colleges are in the midst of a serious leadership shortage, and a potential leadership crisis. In addition, the community college presidency is changing nationwide to meet 21st century challenges of higher education, requiring a different set of traits, skills, and abilities for effective leadership. Given the complex, changing role of community colleges and their leaders and dwindling numbers of qualified candidates to meet the need for new leaders, the purpose of this study was to develop a ...


Leadership Preparation And Career Pathways Of Community College Presidents, Gregory R. Schmitz Jan 2008

Leadership Preparation And Career Pathways Of Community College Presidents, Gregory R. Schmitz

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The role of community colleges is in a state of change and, at the same time, the need for new leaders is greater than ever before as many seasoned presidents near retirement. To exacerbate the problem, the pool of qualified candidates is reduced by the high number of senior administrators who are also approaching retirement. Past and present community college presidents are represented by a relatively homogenous group, which does not mirror the current gender and ethnic diversity of the students they serve. These leaders travel predominately to the presidency through a single career path---from academic positions. The purpose of ...


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.


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 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 ...