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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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Petersen, Sandra; Pearson, Barbara Zurer; Moriarty, Mary A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
Underrepresented minority women in STEM comprise the faculty group most likely to leave academia. To address this issue we instituted a program called "Amplifying Voices," a virtual, mutual mentoring program linking four groups of six women across 20 institutions. We facilitated bi-weekly Zoom meetings for two years and evaluated the…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Disproportionate Representation, Females, STEM Education
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Cavner Williams, Lauren; Conley, Kristin; Pavletic, Heather; Weller, Kirk – Innovative Higher Education, 2020
The C4 Scholar Program (Cross Curricular Career Community) is an interdisciplinary, multi-semester learning community for first-year developmental students at a comprehensive midwestern state university. Faculty members from two units, Retention & Student Success and Arts and Sciences, created the program to address a persistent gap in…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Developmental Studies Programs, Accountability, At Risk Students
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Emery, Nathan; Maher, Jessica Middlemis; Ebert-May, Diane – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
Professional development in teaching is a critical component of ongoing work to improve student learning outcomes in higher education, especially STEM education. While there are many large-scale professional development programs designed to help participants change the way STEM is taught, few have thoroughly evaluated the outcomes to determine…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, STEM Education, Teaching Methods
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Gildehaus, Lori; Cotter, Paul; Buck, Sharon; Sousa, Marsha; Hueffer, Karsten; Reynolds, Arleigh – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
As a pilot intervention strategy to support undergraduate students, especially rural and Alaska Native students who are pursuing biomedical science research and career trajectories, we have developed a unique, mid-level Research, Advising, and Mentoring Professional (RAMP) position. In this article we outline the reasons for creating this…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Rural Schools, Alaska Natives, Biomedicine
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Malott, Krista; Wahesh, Edward; Crawford, Emily – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
Negative emotional reactions toward those of differing social identities is both common and detrimental to the development of relationships that are essential for effective work, living, and educational spaces. In this study we assessed the impact of an (elaborated) imagined contact intervention (eICI) on undergraduate students' anxiety levels…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Emotional Response, Intervention, Social Differences
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Prevost, Luanna B.; Vergara, Claudia E.; Urban-Lurain, Mark; Campa, Henry, III. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Higher education institutions prepare future faculty members for multiple roles, including teaching. However, teaching professional development programs for graduate students vary widely. We present evaluation data from a high engagement program for STEM doctoral students. We analyzed the impact on three cohorts of participants over three academic…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Graduate Students, Fellowships, Program Evaluation
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Bialka, Christa S.; Morro, Danielle – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Interactional diversity, defined as "informal engagement with diverse peers that occurs outside of the classroom," is one way for colleges and universities to facilitate connections between and among students (Bowman, 2010). Little is known, however, about the enduring effects of interactional diversity, particularly as it relates to…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Peer Relationship, Student Diversity
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Gray, Lori; Font, Sarah; Unrau, Yvonne; Dawson, Ann – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
This study investigated the effects of a brief meditation intervention on perceived stress, mindfulness, and sleep quality for college freshmen who have aged out of foster care. Thirty-six youth who had aged out of foster care and enrolled at a large midwestern 4-year university (n = 16 experimental group, n = 20 control group) participated in a…
Descriptors: Stress Management, Metacognition, Relaxation Training, Sleep
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Lattuca, Lisa R.; Knight, David; Seifert, Tricia A.; Reason, Robert D.; Liu, Qin – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
We investigated how learning outcomes of students majoring in interdisciplinary fields differ from those of students in discipline-based majors. We found that students in interdisciplinary majors report less change in Critical Thinking and Need For Cognition than their peers in disciplinary majors, but no difference in change in Positive Attitude…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary Approach, Outcomes of Education, College Students
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Schoepp, Kevin; Tezcan-Unal, Burcu – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
Assessment of learning outcomes at the program level is essential to evaluate whether students are achieving what is expected of them as graduates. In this article we present the results of a study in which faculty focus groups were consulted so as to understand the subjective issues that surround the learning outcomes assessment program of an…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, College Outcomes Assessment, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Woods, Chenoa S.; Richard, Keith; Park, Toby; Tandberg, David; Hu, Shouping; Jones, Tamara Bertrand – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
In this article we report on our exploration of academic advising practices at 19 community colleges in the Florida College System after the implementation of Senate Bill 1720. This bill made developmental education optional for many students and mandated that colleges provide academic advising for all new students. Descriptive statistics of…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Remedial Instruction, Community Colleges, Educational Legislation
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Woodhead, Erin L.; Brown, Preston; Snycerski, Susan; Laraway, Sean; Bathurst, Nicholas; Feist, Greg; Rogers, Ronald F. – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
In an examination of a brief and innovative partnership, we compared outcomes for two disciplines, Elementary Statistics and General Psychology, across three formats: online as part of the San José State University-Udacity partnership (termed "SJSU Plus"), face-to-face (FTF), and online in a redesigned course offering. We also examine…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Partnerships in Education
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Haggerty, Julie M.; Mueller, Megan Kiely – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
This study investigated the prevalence of increasingly popular animal-assisted stress relief programs at higher education institutions across the United States. Although research on animal-assisted programs is increasing, there is still a lack of information documenting implementation of these programs. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to…
Descriptors: Animals, Stress Management, Higher Education, Intervention
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Schoepp, Kevin; Benson, Scott – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Assessing the effectiveness of an assessment program is essential and can be accomplished through analysing the quality of closing the loop actions and through gathering faculty feedback. In this article we present closing the loop data from over 3 years of learning assessment reporting and from findings garnered through a faculty survey. Results…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Meta Analysis, Testing Programs, Teacher Surveys
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