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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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Morales, Erik E.; Ambrose-Roman, Sarah; Perez-Maldonado, Rosa – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
This study presents and assesses a developmental math focused peer mentoring program at a public urban university. Over three semesters 45 mentees participated in the program. Results include substantive increases in developmental pass rates as well as increases in self-efficacy and social integration. Other noteworthy findings include the…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Teaching, Public Colleges, Urban Schools
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Merkel, John Conrad; Brania, Abdelkrim – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This five-year study of the peer-led team learning (PLTL) paradigm examined its implementation in a Calculus I course at an all-male HBCU institution. For this study we set up a strong control group and measured the effect of PLTL in the teaching and learning of Calculus I through two points of measure: retention and success rates and learning…
Descriptors: Calculus, Peer Teaching, Teamwork, Cooperative Learning
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Hargis, Jace; Cavanaugh, Cathy; Kamali, Tayeb; Soto, Melissa – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
This article presents faculty perceptions of the first month of iPad deployment in a national college system and a case study describing the integration of mobile learning devices in one college, interpreted within the framework of a SWOT analysis. We include a brief history of the implementation; description of the three-tier structure of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Federal Programs, Electronic Learning, Handheld Devices
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Vergara, Claudia E.; Urban-Lurain, Mark; Campa, Henry, III; Cheruvelil, Kendra S.; Ebert-May, Diane; Fata-Hartley, Cori; Johnston, Kevin – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
Doctoral granting institutions prepare future faculty members for academic positions at institutions of higher education across the nation. Growing concerns about whether these institutions are adequately preparing students to meet the demands of a changing academic environment have prompted several reform efforts. We describe a professional…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Professional Development, Graduate Students, Fellowships
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