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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
Elrod, Susan; Kezar, Adrianna – Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2016
This publication is for faculty, administrators, and other academic leaders who are poised to mount comprehensive STEM reforms to improve student learning and success, particularly for students from underrepresented groups. Based on the experiences of eleven colleges and universities in the Keck/PKAL STEM Education Effectiveness Framework project,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Success, College Students, Case Studies
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Kezar, Adrianna – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, 2013
Government agencies, foundations, business and industry, and other important higher education stakeholders continue to invest in important and deep changes they think are necessary for the vitality and health of higher education particularly interdisciplinary teaching and research. But we know little about how transformational changes happen,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Stakeholders, Public Agencies, Educational Change
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Kezar, Adrianna – Journal of Higher Education, 2013
This article reports on a case study of 25 departments comparing those that have put policies and practices in place to support non-tenure-track faculty to those that have not to determine whether this impacts faculty willingness, capacity, and opportunity to perform. Four departmental cultures emerged related to differential outcomes. (Contains 2…
Descriptors: Tenure, College Faculty, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis
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Kezar, Adrianna – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background: The number of non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF), including both full-time (FT) and part-time (PT) positions, has risen to two-thirds of faculty positions across the academy. To date, most of the studies of NTTF have relied on secondary data or large-scale surveys. Few qualitative studies exist that examine the experience, working…
Descriptors: Nontenured Faculty, College Faculty, Work Environment, Public Colleges
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Kezar, Adrianna – Research in Higher Education, 2013
This study examines a major shift in the professoriate from tenure track to a non-tenure track faculty (NTTF), with two-thirds of the faculty now being off the tenure track. While some studies suggest negative outcomes as a result of students taking courses with NTTF, none of the studies examine the working conditions of the NTTFs. This…
Descriptors: Nontenured Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions, Case Studies
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Kezar, Adrianna – Journal of Higher Education, 2012
The study advances higher education leadership and change scholarship by examining a mostly unexplored area--the convergence between grassroots leadership with top-down leadership. The study is framed by two theories: tempered radicals framework and distributed leadership. Three common example of convergence are described as well as strategies for…
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Leadership, College Administration, Scholarship
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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 – International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), 2011
This article focuses on the nature of power dynamics that faculty and staff grassroots leaders encounter as they attempt to create change. I identified five distinctive types of power dynamics--"oppression," "silencing," "controlling," "inertia," and "micro-aggressions" from the most overt to more subtle and covert forms. Staff experience multiple…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Leadership, Power Structure, College Faculty
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Kezar, Adrianna – Journal of College Student Development, 2010
In this study, we build on two recent works (Gaston-Gayles, Wolf-Wendel; Tuttle, Twombley, and Ward, 2004; Slocum & Rhoads, 2008) that examine faculty and staff work with student activists, but expand the scope to include new questions such as why and how they partner with students, the impact of institutional context, and what role it might play…
Descriptors: College Students, Activism, College Faculty, Citizen Participation
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Kezar, Adrianna; Sam, Cecile – ASHE Higher Education Report, 2010
This monograph provides a portrait of non-tenure-track faculty, describes studies of their experiences, and proposes plans of action. Much of the research, particularly early on, tried to provide a picture and description of this faculty that have been largely invisible for years. Therefore, "Portrait of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty" focuses on the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Tenure, Unions, Nontenured Faculty
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Kezar, Adrianna; Lester, Jaime; Yang, Hannah – Educational Policy, 2010
This article reports on a three year case study and interview project of a federal initiative to help low income students access college called individual development accounts (IDA). The study focused on partnership development between community agencies that offer IDAs and postsecondary institutions, examining challenges and facilitators. A set…
Descriptors: Low Income, Familiarity, Partnerships in Education, Nonprofit Organizations
Kezar, Adrianna; Frank, Vikki; Lester, Jaime; Yang, Hannah – Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, University of Southern California, 2009
In this document the authors provide practitioners offering education Independent Development Accounts (IDAs) with information about whom to partner with in a postsecondary institution. The authors gained this information through interviews, focus groups, and case studies with higher education and IDA practitioners. College campuses can sometimes…
Descriptors: Campuses, Focus Groups, Postsecondary Education, Institutional Characteristics
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Kezar, Adrianna; Glenn, William J.; Lester, Jaime; Nakamoto, Jonathan – Journal of Higher Education, 2008
One of the most vexing problems today involves transforming colleges and universities so that they yield equitable educational outcomes for historically underrepresented students. The traditional approach to achieving equitable educational outcomes has been to focus on increasing the racial diversity of campuses by admitting a higher percentage of…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Intergroup Relations, Educational Change
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