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Linder, Kathryn E.; Cooper, Frank Rudy; McKenzie, Elizabeth M.; Raesch, Monika; Reeve, Patricia A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
Backward design is a course creation method that encourages teachers to identify their goals for student understanding and measurable objectives for learning from the outset. In this article we explore the application of backward design to the production of scholarly articles. Specifically, we report on a writing group program that encourages…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Design, Scholarship, Journal Articles
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Thompson, Carla J. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
The study included an assessment of doctoral students, graduate faculty, and curriculum considerations to determine the degree of infusion of research integrity and responsible conduct of research (RCR) principles within a Doctor of Education program. Study results showed substantial increases in doctoral candidates' knowledge levels of RCR,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Schools of Education, Research
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Dyment, Janet E.; O'Connell, Timothy S. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
In this article we report on a study that explored educators' past and current use of reflective journals and if and how these practices influence their pedagogical use of such journals with their own students. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 8 educators who had kept reflective journals in the past but were no longer doing so;…
Descriptors: Teachers, Journal Writing, Reflection, Semi Structured Interviews
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Baird, Craig; Dooey, Patricia – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
Plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct are matters of great concern at all levels of study worldwide. This is especially so for students in higher education institutions, where higher degrees and publications are key focus activities. Ready access to internet based resources assist academic writing practices. However, the unintentional,…
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Higher Education, Intellectual Property, Foreign Countries
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Tenenbaum, Laura S.; Anderson, Margery K.; Jett, Marti; Yourick, Debra L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
This study examined a novel mentoring model, "near-peer mentorship," that supports the development of mentee and mentor, incorporates established principles of mentoring, and offers unique opportunities to integrate research and teaching in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) internship. Using qualitative methods,…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Innovation, Models, Mentors
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Fitzgerald, Shawn M.; Mahony, Daniel; Crawford, Fashaad; Hnat, Hope Bradley – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
For the study we report here we used the theoretical framework of organizational justice to examine academic administrator's perceptions of resource distribution decisions. We asked deans, school directors, and department chairs in one midwestern state about their perceptions of the fairness and likelihood of use of various distribution principles…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Resources, Decision Making
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Gavazzi, Stephen M.; Fox, Michael; Martin, Jeff – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
In this article we argue that the scholarship on marriages and families provides invaluable insights into town-gown relationships. Marital typologies are used to generate insights into what happens between campus and community relationships over time, and a line of family scholarship provides some additional illumination about the ways in which…
Descriptors: Marriage, Family (Sociological Unit), Classification, School Community Relationship
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Osborne, Nicholas J. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was enacted in 2009, student veteran populations have nearly doubled while services that support their transition to higher education have dramatically increased. Despite a surge in resources, however, institutions are deficient in training faculty and staff about veterans' issues, consequently leaving student veterans…
Descriptors: Veterans, Military Personnel, Nontraditional Students, College Students
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Jones, Willis A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
In recent years, a number of colleges and universities have made the decision to pursue membership in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with the idea that participating in higher profile intercollegiate football can help attract students to their institution. This belief, however, has not been empirically examined. Using…
Descriptors: Intercollegiate Cooperation, College Athletics, Team Sports, College Freshmen
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Goodman, Barbara E.; Huckfeldt, Vaughn E. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
In order to meet the South Dakota Board of Regents requirements for an upper level writing course with global perspective for all graduates, the administration at the University of South Dakota established an interdisciplinary course to be taken by all majors. Two faculty members from different disciplines were assigned to teach each section with…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Required Courses, Writing Instruction, Global Approach
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Pifer, Meghan J.; Baker, Vicki L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
This article relies on data from surveys and interviews to explore the networking behaviors and strategies of early-career faculty members within the contexts of their academic departments. Findings suggest that faculty members' approaches to interactions and relationships with colleagues may be conceptualized according to a continuum of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Beginning Teachers, Social Networks, Network Analysis
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Evans, Brent J.; Willinsky, John – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
In this article we examine the changing status of the course reader as an instructional technology in higher education. We assess the advantages of simply providing students bibliographic entries for assigned readings instead of readers, and we evaluate this alternative in regards to intellectual property and fair use issues focusing on…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Bibliographies
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Baldwin, Roger G.; Zeig, Michael J. – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
The emeritus college, a recent higher education innovation, provides retired professors with a means to stay intellectually engaged and continue to contribute professionally in retirement. The emeritus college can also help institutions maintain a steady flow of professional talent by making retirement more attractive for senior academics. This…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Innovation, College Faculty, Teacher Retirement
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Arena, Meaghan L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
With institutions of higher education experiencing lower completion rates than our international counterparts and with rising student loan debt, the American higher education system is in crisis. As faculty members and administrators work to solve these growing problems in the credit-bearing side of higher education, the non-credit side is largely…
Descriptors: Noncredit Courses, Educational Benefits, Employment Potential, Educational Innovation
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Rodgers, Megan; Grays, Makayla P.; Fulcher, Keston H.; Jurich, Daniel P. – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
Starting with the premise that better assessment leads to more informed decisions about student learning, we investigated the factors that lead to assessment improvement. We used "meta-assessment" (i.e., evaluating the assessment process) to identify academic programs in which the assessment process had improved over a two-year period.…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Improvement, Evaluation Methods, Educational Environment
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