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Kezar, Adrianna; Miller, Emily; Bernstein-Serra, Samantha; Holcombe, Elizabeth – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2019
Many current science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives and projects aim to scale change and encourage more departments, units, and institutions to engage in the evidence-based teaching practices that enhance student learning and outcomes. The authors of this article examined change strategies and networking efforts in a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, STEM Education, Evidence Based Practice, Networks
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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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Kezar, Adrianna – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2018
For several decades, there has been increasing criticism, first of the tenure track system and now at the rise in adjunct and non-tenure track faculty. Few believe the professoriate is organized in ways to meet institutional missions, deliver educational quality, or meet the goals of student success. The critiques suggest that tenure-track models…
Descriptors: Tenure, Models, Institutional Mission, Nontenured Faculty
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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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Gehrke, Sean; Kezar, Adrianna – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2016
STEM undergraduate education reforms are more likely to be effective if undertaken not by individual faculty members but by faculty networks or "communities of transformation." The article describes four such communities that have persisted over many years and served large numbers of faculty through annual events, newsletters and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Study, Educational Change, College Faculty
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Kezar, Adrianna – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
Adrianna Kezar recently sat down with Chancellor Tim White of the California State University system to discuss, among many other things, the newly released California State Graduation Initiative and what it will take to enact it. The key commitments of the initiative are: (1) hire more tenure-track faculty; (2) develop engaged advising; (3) solve…
Descriptors: Success, Interviews, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Policy
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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; Elrod, Susan – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2012
Many major funding organizations, policymakers, government agencies, and other higher education stakeholders want higher education to encourage interdisciplinary learning so that students graduate with the requisite skills to take on complex jobs in science, policy, business, and industry. Calls for this kind of change have been most urgent within…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Public Agencies
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Kezar, Adrianna; Lester, Jaime – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2009
This article starts by presenting five scenarios, each represents a significant type of grassroots change that is occurring at colleges and universities across the country. Those who are instigating these changes have little formal authority. The authors recently conducted a study to document and better understand these kinds of changes and the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Social Networks, Social Change
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Kezar, Adrianna – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2009
Change is a perennial struggle for campuses. Trustees, presidents, policymakers, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community groups all seek to alter some aspect of colleges and universities. Common wisdom is that higher education faculty, staff, and administrators do not want to change and are slow to innovate. This article examines the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Barriers, Competition
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Kezar, Adrianna; Eckel, Peter – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2007
For more than three decades, American colleges and universities have made determined efforts to increase their numbers of students of color, particularly African-American and Hispanic students. But bringing students into higher education is not the same as ensuring that they succeed. The persistence rates of African Americans and Hispanics…
Descriptors: Presidents, Academic Persistence, Colleges, Minority Groups
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Kezar, Adrianna – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2005
The question addressed in this article and one that has been the focus of the author's research is: how can colleges and universities have greater success with collaborative work? The author argues that to foster group and cross-divisional activities that have trouble succeeding in a context structured to support solo work, academic organizations…
Descriptors: Rewards, Higher Education, Incentives, Educational Planning