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Hilbun, Ashlie Junot; Mamiseishvili, Ketevan – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
The study we report here explored how private liberal arts colleges adapted to the Great Recession of 2007. We examined institutional changes at three private liberal arts colleges and their effects on the institutions' operations. For this multiple-case study we analyzed data from three colleges in the southeastern region of the United States;…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Liberal Arts, Economic Climate, Financial Exigency
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Hakkola, Leah; King, Jean A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
In this article we describe the Graduate Review and Improvement Process (GRIP), an innovative evaluation process that makes student input central, now beginning its fifth year of implementation at the University of Minnesota. We begin by contrasting GRIP with traditional graduate program review, and we then explain the conceptual underpinnings of…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation, Graduate Study
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Yob, Iris M.; Danver, Steven L.; Kristensen, Sheryl; Schulz, William; Simmons, Kathy; Brashen, Henry M.; Sidler Krysiak, Rebecca; Kiltz, Linda; Gatlin, Linda; Wesson, Suzanne; Penland, Diane R. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Institutions of higher education frequently acknowledge their role in contributing to the common good through their mission statements. The current literature suggests that in order to be effective mission statements must be clearly articulated and reflected in all the activities of the institution including its curriculum. Faculty members at…
Descriptors: Social Change, Alignment (Education), Curriculum Guides, Institutional Mission
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Park, Toby; Woods, Chenoa S.; Richard, Keith; Tandberg, David; Hu, Shouping; Jones, Tamara Bertrand – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Historically, college students needing additional academic preparation have been assigned to developmental/remedial courses. In 2013 Florida took a drastic departure from this model by passing Senate Bill 1720, which prohibited institutions from requiring placement tests and made developmental education optional for many students, regardless of…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, College Students
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Leon, Raul A.; Williams, Damon A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
This study focused on an examination of the work of 10 diversity committees operating in 10 research institutions across the midwestern region of the United States. We explored the work of these committees with a focus on the concept of strategic diversity leadership. To conduct this examination we examined five contingencies impacting the work of…
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Cultural Pluralism, Definitions, Student Diversity
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Holmes, Maja Husar; Jackson, J. Kasi; Stoiko, Rachel – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
This exploratory qualitative study examined faculty responses to a collegiality-building process called Dialogues. The process used a series of discussions and activities to guide faculty members toward a common, mutually beneficially goal, while changing patterns of interaction. The responses revealed how faculty members experienced…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Qualitative Research, College Faculty, Intellectual Disciplines
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Yun, Jung H.; Baldi, Brian; Sorcinelli, Mary Deane – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
In the beginning, "Mutual Mentoring" was little more than an idea, a hopeful vision of the future in which a new model of mentoring could serve as a medium to better support early-career and underrepresented faculty. Over time, Mutual Mentoring evolved from an innovative idea to an ambitious pilot program to a fully operational,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Mentors, Disproportionate Representation, College Faculty
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VanMaaren, Victoria G.; Jaquett, Caroline M.; Williams, Robert L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which students differentially rated ten factors likely to affect their ratings on overall course evaluations. Students (N = 148) in several sections of an undergraduate educational psychology course indicated their preferences among several designated factors. We found remarkable similarity…
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Undergraduate Students, Educational Psychology, Preferences
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Shandas, Vivek; Brown, Stephan Edward – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Interdisciplinarity is heralded as a relatively new educational and research paradigm that can effectively address complex problems at disciplinary boundaries. Yet little is known about the extent to which interdisciplinarity has penetrated higher education, nor about how students and program administrators view its usefulness. Through a case…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Administrators, Higher Education, Case Studies
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Garrett, Nathan – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
How do academic disciplines use PowerPoint? This project analyzed PowerPoint files created by an academic publisher to supplement textbooks. An automated analysis of 30,263 files revealed clear differences by disciplines. Single-paradigm "hard" disciplines used less complex writing but had more words than multi-paradigm "soft"…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Computer Software, Teaching Methods, Intellectual Disciplines
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McClure, Kevin R. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Colleges and universities in the United States have developed and implemented a wide array of opportunities for undergraduate students to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship. Drawing upon an institutional case study, this article examines why one public research university initiated and supported curricular and co-curricular offerings in…
Descriptors: Entrepreneurship, Case Studies, Undergraduate Students, Institutional Research
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Taggart, Gabel – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Using data from a 2010 survey of academic chairs, this study reports on academic department chairs' recommended time allocations to new assistant professors. I contend that personal values about research and teaching influence the department chair's recommendations along with organizational characteristics. Multi-level modeling indicates that…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Department Heads, Values, Teacher Attitudes
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Kattari, Shanna K. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
In most societies, some social identity groups hold a disproportionate amount of social, cultural, and economic power, while other groups hold little. In contemporary U.S. society, examples of this power are evident around issues of ability/disability, with able-bodied individuals wielding social dominance and people with disabilities experiencing…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Theories, Learning Theories, Power Structure
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Damiani, Michelle L.; Harbour, Wendy S. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This study investigated the teaching experiences of graduate students with disabilities, using 12 semi-structured in-person and phone interviews. We selected participants using stratified random sampling representing diverse disabilities, degree programs, and regions of the United States. Findings suggest that students engage in complex…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Teaching Assistants, Disabilities, Investigations
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Gallego, Muriel; Busch, Carey – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
While there is extensive research regarding the readiness of faculty members to provide accommodations for students with disabilities in higher education, less has been reported concerning the preparation of teaching assistants in faculty-like positions. The investigation reported here focused on college-level language instruction, and it expands…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Accessibility (for Disabled), Language Acquisition, Teaching Assistants
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