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Bonfiglio, Robert A. – About Campus, 2011
Are athletics a positive or negative educational force? The viewpoint widely shared across academe is that participation in intercollegiate athletics has a positive impact on students and contributes to learning and moral development. Often, this notion is captured in the phrase "character development," a shorthand way to describe the individual…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Student Participation, Student Development, Moral Development
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Goodman, Kathleen M.; Magolda, Marcia Baxter; Seifert, Tricia A.; King, Patricia M. – About Campus, 2011
Since 2006, 19 institutions across the United States have been trying to figure out how to work smarter through their participation in the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. Drawing on data from the first year of the study, the robust, mixed-methods study the authors report in this article evaluated growth in the first year of…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Experience, Liberal Arts, Inferences
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Stewart, Dafina Lazarus; Kocet, Michael M.; Lobdell, Sharon – About Campus, 2011
Religious pluralism is not the first type of diversity higher education has faced. In a 1998 article, Sylvia Hurtado, Jeffrey Milem, Alma Clayton-Pedersen, and Walter Allen advocated the necessity of using a multidimensional framework for enhancing the campus climate for racial and ethnic diversity. Their model began with acknowledging the…
Descriptors: Religious Factors, Spiritual Development, Institutional Characteristics, Organizational Climate
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Rosenberger, Eric W. – About Campus, 2011
Over the past few years, the language of interpersonal "boundaries" has migrated from the clinical to the public domain, and many young people in particular are familiar with the concept of boundaries in relationships with others. Not only do boundaries help to define relationships with others, but they also clarify one's unique sense of self.…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Social Cognition, Individual Needs, Beliefs
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Vander Schee, Brian A. – About Campus, 2011
The number of studies conducted on college-student attrition is overwhelming. But few examine the impact of adding an early-intervention assessment tool to existing retention programs. Too often, colleges and universities conduct initiatives with similar purposes as disconnected efforts; retention programs in particular can benefit from a more…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Student Attrition, School Holding Power
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Lundberg, Carol – About Campus, 2011
Students' life circumstances need not marginalize them. The author's students--Margot and Steve--missed out on her full support because she assumed they had lots of support of their own, given their race and the socioeconomic status she assigned to them. She focused on their papers, not their lives. The complicated areas of students' lives don't…
Descriptors: Caring, Teacher Student Relationship, At Risk Students, Emotional Intelligence
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Davidson, Ron; Henderson, Lynette K.; Knotts, Greg; Swain, John – About Campus, 2011
Many competing factors are now affecting how students think about higher education. One primary factor is the use of a business model for education--highlighting profit, patents, commercial investments, and the use of market competition, for example--appears to have become commonplace. Boards of education and university presidents now include a…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Lifelong Learning, Performance Factors, Educational Objectives
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Boggs, George R. – About Campus, 2011
The focus on educational attainment has taken on a renewed sense of national urgency. It is now commonly accepted that educational achievement is correlated with higher individual lifetime earnings and a better quality of life. Increasing the general level of education is also seen as important for the well-being of society and the economic…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Attainment, Institutional Characteristics, College Role
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Jenkins, Toby S. – About Campus, 2011
Throughout many ethnic communities, culture, place, and education have always been important to each other. There are countless creative strategies and approaches to education, inclusion, and personal development that can be derived from studying cultural spaces within any culture. In this article, the author looks specifically at the African…
Descriptors: African Americans, African American Achievement, African American Culture, Social Experience
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Osterholt, Dorothy A.; Barratt, Katherine – About Campus, 2011
Students making the transition into college typically come face to face with increased independence and decreased external structure. This may be especially problematic for students with learning disabilities who may be less capable of managing in times of change than others. The outcome is often chronic procrastination, absenteeism, and…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Educational Change, Classroom Environment, Barriers
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Harris, Jacqueline; Ho, Taiping; Markle, Larry; Wessel, Roger – About Campus, 2011
Concern over the transition to postsecondary education for students with disabilities led Ball State University personnel to create the Faculty Mentorship Program (FMP ) in the summer of 2006. The program is a model for collaboration between the disability services office, the faculty members of Ball State, and the Learning Center. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Mentors, Disabilities, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Taylor, Colette M. – About Campus, 2011
In this article, the author shares her "When pigs fly" story to initiate a discussion about how educators might broaden their understanding of "learning." She shares the lessons she has learned from her son who has Asperger's syndrome. As professionals in higher education, educators adjust organizational and educational structures to accommodate…
Descriptors: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction
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Siegel, Michael J. – About Campus, 2011
Over the past several decades, college-student retention has arguably been the most intensely studied issue in academe. Though the body of retention literature grows ever larger, no one model adequately explains the process by which college students make a decision to leave an institution or to persist to graduation. And while no magic bullet…
Descriptors: Colleges, Student Attrition, School Holding Power, College Students
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Dewey, Jim – About Campus, 2011
This article describes what the author, a faculty member, learned from the student development professionals at his university, the people who plan student activities and run residence halls. Most faculty think little of their student development colleagues, to the extent that they consider them colleagues at all. The author describes how he…
Descriptors: College Environment, Student Development, Transformative Learning, Emotional Intelligence
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Heilman, Savannah C.; Kennedy-Phillips, Lance – About Campus, 2011
The Organizational Effectiveness Model was originally developed by Lance Kennedy-Phillips and Ellen Meents-DeCaigny at DePaul University and has been adapted to address the needs of The Ohio State University. The model's purpose is to help organizations measure progress toward mission fulfillment and goal achievement. It cascades, with each step…
Descriptors: Organizational Effectiveness, Models, Achievement Need, Goal Orientation
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