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ERIC Number: ED545818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 157
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2674-9163-3
The Effects of State System Wide Curriculum on Retention, Graduation, Employment, and Faculty Beliefs in a Large, Urban Institution of Higher Education
Jenkins, Michael D.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Cardinal Stritch University
The purpose of this study was to answer the research question: What effect does implementing state system wide curriculum in a large, urban, Midwestern two year technical/community college have on retention, graduation, and employment and how do faculty attitudes about state system wide curriculum influence this effect? This question was of interest because of the history of state system wide curriculum, which never looked at retention, graduation, and employment as factors to consider in implementing state system wide curriculum. The study measured four constructs of interest: retention, graduation, employment, and faculty attitudes toward changing to state system wide curriculum. Quantitative descriptive research was used in the instruments created to measure the four constructs, two (employment and faculty attitudes) measured with surveys and two (retention and graduation) measured via viewing the computer archives that record retention and graduation at the college. The survey of faculty attitudes revealed a belief that suggested that programs implementing state system wide curriculum should not see a change in retention, graduation, and employment of students, as long as the process of creating state system wide curriculum is collaborative. To some degree, this assessment was accurate. However, there were some results in the graduation and retention rates that suggested that, faculty belief notwithstanding, programs were improved by making the change to state system wide curriculum. Implications for leadership, learning, service, and research were discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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