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Benz, Terressa A.; Piskulich, J. P.; Kim, Sung-eun; Barry, Meaghan; Havstad, Joyce C. – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
Community engagement in the classroom can take several forms such as engaged scholarship, service learning, and philanthropy. Each of these activities connects course material with the immediate community, creating a multi-directional discourse. In this article we explain and provide a program evaluation of the Student Philanthropy and Community…
Descriptors: Private Financial Support, Program Effectiveness, Service Learning, Scholarship
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Mokher, Christine G.; Park-Gaghan, Toby J.; Spencer, Hayley; Hu, Xinye; Hu, Shouping – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
Following a major statewide developmental education reform in Florida, we explored institutional transformation among Florida College System institutions. We used statewide survey data to examine lead administrators' perceptions of challenges encountered during the planning process, ways in which colleges engaged in sensemaking (i.e., social…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Remedial Instruction, State Colleges, Administrator Attitudes
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Chávez Herting, David; Cladellas Pros, Ramón; Castelló Tarrida, Antoni – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
PowerPoint is one of the most widely used technological tools in educational contexts, but little is known about the differences in usage patterns by faculty members from various disciplines. For the study we report in this article we used a survey specially designed to explore this question, and it was completed by 106 faculty members from…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Use Studies, College Faculty, Instructional Materials
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Robertson, Douglas L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
This article extends a line of research on intentional change at public metropolitan research universities that aims to improve undergraduate student success (as measured by graduation and retention rates) while improving access (as measured by Pell and minority rates). Some of the issues that have emerged from this line of research involve the…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Educational Change, Undergraduate Students, Access to Education
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Burnett, Christopher A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
Regional accreditation remains a central method of accountability in the United States and the gatekeeper to federal financial aid. Without such funding many colleges and universities would not survive. Prior research suggests that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) face disproportionate accreditation sanctions compared with…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Accreditation (Institutions), Sanctions, Probability
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de Borba, Gustavo Severo; Alves, Isa Mara; Campagnolo, Paula Dal Bó – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
This article explains the relationship between learning spaces and the furtherance of student engagement and enhancement of student-faculty interaction. Following a design-driven methodology and considering flexibility, interaction, and connectivity as core elements to classroom design, we have prototyped spaces and implemented them in 96…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Students, College Faculty, Teacher Student Relationship
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Israel, Uriah; Koester, Benjamin P.; McKay, Timothy A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
Residential higher education brings thousands of students together for multiple years and offers them an array of shared intellectual experiences and a network of social interactions. Many of these intellectual and social connections are formed during courses. Students are connected to students through courses they take together, and courses are…
Descriptors: College Students, Courses, Majors (Students), Interaction
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Culpepper, Dawn; Kilmer, Sarah; O'Meara, Kerry Ann; Misra, Joya; Jaeger, Audrey J. – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
Faculty members experience a gap between how they would prefer to spend their work time and how they actually do so. In this article we report results from a four-week workshop called "The Terrapin Time Initiative." It was guided by theories of behavioral economics and behavioral design, which suggest that small changes to the context,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Workload, Workshops, Decision Making
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Kezar, Adrianna; Dizon, Jude Paul Matias; Scott, Daniel – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
Senior leadership teams are the key decision-makers invested with authority who work collectively to achieve organizational goals. While there is a rich literature on this topic across many disciplines, there is a dearth of research on this topic in higher education. In this article we argue for the need for research on senior leadership teams…
Descriptors: Leadership, Teamwork, Higher Education, Educational Research
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Robertson, Douglas L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
This article presents 50 year patterns of adult student participation in colleges and universities in the United States. These patterns changed dramatically in the 1970s and 1980s and then stabilized. Following these changes, adult student participation has continued to be significant and predictable in U.S. colleges and universities. In addition…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Adult Students, Evidence Based Practice, Best Practices
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Lewis, Drew – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
This paper describes a study examining how mathematics anxiety, test anxiety, and communication apprehension are related to student behavior in courses using standards-based grading. An observational study of mathematics courses with 221 participants found that test anxiety increased over the semester although many students reported lower stress…
Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Grading, Mathematics Instruction, Academic Standards
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Buckley, Jessica Belue; Michel, Jessica Ostrow – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
In light of the rapid growth of the movement for educating students about sustainability, this study sought to understand the content and context of sustainability-related learning outcomes in higher education institutions in the United States by using data from 47 institutions. Findings show how institutions operationalize learning for…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Sustainability, Educational Innovation
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Jones, Rebecca M.; Cleaver, Rachel – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
The Rural and Diverse Student Scholars Program at George Mason University is a strategic initiative to recruit and retain rural and diverse Virginia students in STEM majors. A grant facilitated a partnership between an academic college and the Office of Admissions, enabling new recruiting methods to be tested. In this article we describe these…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Recruitment, STEM Education, Student Diversity
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Harris, Michael S. – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
Researchers consider a high level of institutional diversity in a higher education system as a strength. While the literature considers key elements of diversity, existing research fails to employ methodological approaches that balance the need for capturing the breadth and depth of similarities and differences across institutions. This article…
Descriptors: Colleges, Universities, Diversity (Institutional), Classification
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Farakish, Negar; Jaggars, Shanna; Fay, Maggie – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
Colleges are increasingly open to partnering with private entities to implement new and innovative programs. Community colleges, in particular, may find such partnerships beneficial, given that these institutions often lack the necessary resources to invest up-front in programs that may yield strong long-term dividends. In this article we report…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Proprietary Schools, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Honors Curriculum
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