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Galyon, Charles E.; Voils, Kyle L.; Blondin, Carolyn A.; Williams, Robert L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Students in an introductory educational psychology course submitted answers to daily homework questions for which they received credit either for percentage of questions answered in every homework assignment or for the accuracy of their answers to 10% of randomly selected questions. Potential credit was the same under both homework contingencies,…
Descriptors: College Students, Homework, Tests, Introductory Courses
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Burd, Elizabeth L.; Smith, Shamus P.; Reisman, Sorel – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) potentially challenge the traditional dominance of brick and mortar institutions as providers of quality higher education. The benefits for students include reduced education costs and global access to exclusive institution courses and instructors. However, the benefits for institutions are less clear as there…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Higher Education, Educational Benefits, Access to Education
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Reybold, L. Earle; Konopasky, Abigail; Trepal, Heather; Haberstroh, Shane – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
As Hurricane Katrina forced thousands of Gulf Coast residents to evacuate, U.S. communities established shelters for emergency intake. Faculty members across the country, especially those trained in counseling, volunteered immediately for crisis work. This study examined the experiences of a faculty response team from one counselor education…
Descriptors: Counselor Educators, Natural Disasters, Experience, Interviews
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Draeger, John; del Prado Hill, Pixita; Mahler, Ronnie – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
In this article we describe models of academic rigor from the student point of view. Drawing on a campus-wide survey, focus groups, and interviews with students, we found that students explained academic rigor in terms of workload, grading standards, level of difficulty, level of interest, and perceived relevance to future goals. These findings…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Difficulty Level, Academic Standards
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Gavazzi, Stephen M.; Fox, Michael – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This article extends the argument that scholarship on marriages and families provides invaluable insights into town-gown relationships. First, a four-square matrix constructed from the twin dimensions of effort and comfort levels is used to describe a typology of campus and community associations. Next the construction of the Optimal College Town…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Measures (Individuals), Classification, Pilot Projects
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Edwards, Kirsten T. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
In this article I report on the perceptions and attitudes of Christian Black women faculty members in regards to religious difference at both historically Black colleges and universities [HBCUs] and predominantly White institutions [PWIs]. By taking a focused look at "uncomplicated Christian privilege" at HBCUs, the study asked what…
Descriptors: African American Teachers, Women Faculty, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Wurdinger, Scott; Qureshi, Mariam – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This study examined whether life skills could be developed in a Project Based Learning (PBL) course. The participants were students enrolled in a graduate level PBL course. The same 35-question survey was given to students at the beginning and end of the course, and students were asked to rank their life skills using a Likert scale. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Daily Living Skills, Graduate Students
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Ellett, Chad D.; Demir, Kadir; Monsaas, Judith – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
The purpose of this study was to examine change processes, self-efficacy beliefs, and department culture and the roles these elements play in faculty engagement in working in K-12 schools. The development of three new web-based measures of faculty perceptions of change processes, self-efficacy beliefs, and department culture are described. The…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Science, College Mathematics, Change
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Niehaus, Elizabeth; O'Meara, KerryAnn – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
The benefits of professional networks are largely invisible to the people embedded in them (O'Reilly 1991), yet professional networks may provide key benefits for faculty careers. The purpose of the study reported here was to explore the role of professional networks in faculty agency in career advancement, specifically focusing on the overall…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Networks, Career Development, Social Capital
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Hentschke, Guilbert C.; Parry, Shirley C. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
While advocates of the proposed "Gainful Employment" regulations promise a variety of improvements for students attending for-profit colleges and universities (FPCUs), there is little research on how these institutions are responding to this heightened form of accountability. Through interviews with senior executives of FPCUs, we used…
Descriptors: Employment, Proprietary Schools, Colleges, Educational Innovation
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Ellis, Donna E. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
When faculty members choose to implement instructional methods that are learning-centred, this may represent a change for students; and some resist engaging. In this exploratory case study research, 172 students shared what discourages them from being willing to engage with these innovative methods that aim to facilitate their learning.…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Instructional Innovation, Resistance (Psychology), Case Studies
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Thomas, Nicole; Bystydzienski, Jill; Desai, Anand – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Higher education institutions often use mentoring to socialize faculty members into their academic disciplines and to retain them. Mentoring can also be used to change organizational culture to meet the needs of historically marginalized faculty members. In this article we focus on peer mentoring circles for women STEM faculty at a large,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, College Faculty, Women Faculty, Womens Studies
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Comeaux, Eddie; Brown, Alan; Sieben, Nicole P. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This study examined courses focused on intercollegiate athletics in sport-related graduate programs (e.g., Sport Leadership, Sport Management, and Athletic/Sport Administration). A content analysis of course syllabi was used to determine the alignment of course scope and content. Analysis included course type (i.e., required or elective),…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Graduate Study, Business Administration Education
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MacNell, Lillian; Driscoll, Adam; Hunt, Andrea N. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Student ratings of teaching play a significant role in career outcomes for higher education instructors. Although instructor gender has been shown to play an important role in influencing student ratings, the extent and nature of that role remains contested. While difficult to separate gender from teaching practices in person, it is possible to…
Descriptors: Gender Bias, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Gender Differences, Educational Experiments
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Gonyo, Claire P.; Cantwell, Brendan – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This qualitative study involved interviews of 32 faculty principle investigators at three research institutions and explored how they view the role of students within physical and life science labs. We used socialization theory and student engagement literature to analyze faculty views, which can contribute to student investment in STEM fields.…
Descriptors: Physical Sciences, Science Laboratories, Teacher Attitudes, Research Universities
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