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DiRamio, David; Wolverton, Mimi – Innovative Higher Education, 2006
As demands for accountability continue and increase, higher education administrators require tools for evaluating campus programs. Learning communities, as a course design strategy, have proven successful in confronting challenges associated with attrition and retention. Because high attrition is associated with online distance education,…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Student Attrition, School Holding Power
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Poch, Susan; Wolverton, Mimi – Innovative Higher Education, 2005
Accountability is an important focus for nearly all-public higher education institutions. In 1997 the Washington State Legislature mandated an accountability measure designed to encourage public universities to increase student efficiency toward graduation. This accountability measure is assessed by a formula called the Graduation Efficiency…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Universities, Transfer Students, Graduation
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Wolverton, Mimi; Gmelch, Walter; Wolverton, Marvin L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2000
A survey of 1,017 academic deans examined the fit between academic deans and their work environments in the U.S. and Australia, relating it to multiple role stress factors, and identifying personal, institutional, and work-defining variables that either increase or decrease dean stress. Five strategies are suggested to improve the…
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Administrator Attitudes, Comparative Education, Foreign Countries
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Wolverton, Mimi; Gmelch, Walter H.; Sorenson, Dean – Innovative Higher Education, 1998
Four prerequisites for college and university departmental change and renewal have been suggested: dedication to teamwork; collective dialog and inquiry about effective teaching; commitment to quality control and rewarding collective goals; and leadership of a purposeful chair. These are discussed in relation to conditions mitigating against…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Department Heads, Departments
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Wolverton, Mimi – Innovative Higher Education, 1998
Examines discrepancy between public college faculty's role and expectations of the public and funding agencies, explores contributing circumstances, and looks at two attempts to address increased demand for better undergraduate teaching without weakening institutions' research reputations. The first approach, development of ethical principles of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Educational Quality, Faculty Development