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Kezar, Adrianna; Holcombe, Elizabeth – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2018
Student success in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is a major concern in higher education. While overall 6-year graduation rates are around 60% nationally (National Center for Education Statistics, 2016), only about 40% of students who enter college intending to major in a STEM field complete a STEM degree within 6 years. Studies…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, STEM Education, School Holding Power, Sense of Community
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Elrod, Susan; Kezar, Adrianna – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2017
For the past 20 years, numerous reports have called for change and reform of undergraduate education to improve student learning, persistence, and graduation rates for students in STEM. Many change efforts have been started but few have reached the transformational level of entire programs, departments, or colleges in the STEM disciplines. In…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, STEM Education, Organizational Change, Undergraduate Study
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Kezar, Adrianna – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2012
In academia, there are two different worlds, one inhabited by tenure-track and the other by non-tenure-track faculty. In the first, people encourage faculty to become involved in a series of important reforms that increase student success, completion, and learning. In this first world, people envision faculty simultaneously increasing their…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Educational Practices, Personnel Policy
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Kezar, Adrianna – About Campus, 2007
Ethos, the fundamental character of a culture that underlies its beliefs and customs, can create strong emotional attachments if it is thoughtfully conceived and carefully nurtured. Adrianna Kezar describes how several institutions tend this fundamental character, with positive results for student engagement. (Contains 3 notes.)
Descriptors: Student Participation, School Culture, Emotional Development, Attachment Behavior
Kezar, Adrianna – Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 2002
Presents two case studies of higher education institutions undergoing change to illustrate how institutional culture affects the change process. Introduces the mobile model of change that guides transformation efforts in urban institutions while remaining sensitive to their institutional context and culture. The framework is based on a five-year…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Context Effect, Higher Education
Eckel, Peter; Kezar, Adrianna; Lieberman, Devorah – 1999
This paper examines the use of professional reading groups as a strategy to help college and university administrators stay informed and meet administrative challenges. It reports on a study of 26 institutions by the American Council on Education, which examined the process of large-scale institutional change. This study's findings support reading…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, College Administration, Educational Change