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Hill, Lucas B.; Savoy, Julia N.; Austin, Ann E.; Bantawa, Bipana – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
Multi-institutional networks have become an increasingly common change mechanism in higher education, especially in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education reform. However, little is known about the impact of such networks on participating institutions. This study examined one network, the Center for the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Undergraduate Study, STEM Education, Educational Change
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Tezcan-Unal, Burcu; Jones, Wayne; Littlewood, Suzanne – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
This retrospective analysis of curriculum change in an academic unit explored the extent to which characteristics of learning organizations developed during the process. Three practitioner researchers designed the study as a practice-based, interpretive, single-case study using mixed methodology with data collected from documentary analysis, an…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Organizational Culture
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Rämö, Johanna; Reinholz, Daniel; Häsä, Jokke; Lahdenperä, Juulia – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
In this article we describe a long-term departmental change effort in one mathematics department. The change began with one instructor adopting the Extreme Apprenticeship instructional model. This modest shift served as the catalyst for a series of subsequent, systemic improvements. We believe that this innovation and the resultant change…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, College Mathematics, Mathematics Education
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Shadle, Susan E.; Liu, Yujuan; Lewis, Jennifer E.; Minderhout, Vicky – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Communities of transformation work to achieve deep, transformational change in higher education teaching practice. This case study of The POGIL Project follows the development of a community of transformation principally focused on the propagation of effective teaching in STEM. We describe the origin of the community, elucidate the emergent…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Higher Education, Teaching Methods, Teacher Effectiveness
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Crow, Robert; Cruz, Laura; Ellern, Jill; Ford, George; Moss, Hollye; White, Barbara Jo – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
This article reports on an examination of the distinctive second-generation challenges and opportunities faced by an early institutional adopter of the Boyer model of scholarship. Following the first cohort of faculty to be reviewed for tenure and promotion based on these criteria, we report the results of a survey designed to determine the…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Models, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
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Goldman, Ellen F.; Mintz, Matthew L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
Curricular revision can be an arduous and challenging process. The literature favors a rational planned process for doing so, but offers little advice regarding how to proceed when the time required for such an approach is not available. This article describes our use of four concepts from complexity science to revise a medical school curriculum…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Medical Schools, Medical Education
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Bernstein-Sierra, Samantha; Kezar, Adrianna – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
In this article we report on our examination of the challenges faced by four successful and long-standing national STEM reform communities. Drawing primarily on interview data from a large-scale, multi-year study informed by literature on "communities of practice" (CoPs) (Wenger et al. 2002), we describe five categories of challenges…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Interviews
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Krug, Kevin S.; Dickson, Kole W.; Lessiter, Julie A.; Vassar, John S. – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Universities and colleges in the United States are actively searching for new ways to increase student enrollment as one means to offset recent government budget cuts in educational funding. One proposal at a particular institution involves transitioning a commuter university from a traditional semester length calendar to one that offers…
Descriptors: Preferences, Online Courses, Conventional Instruction, Blended Learning
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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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Wilson, Rachel; Yontz, Brian – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Recent economic downturns have led some liberal arts institutions to consider changes to their program offerings. With this article we seek to enhance the understanding of the correlation between liberal arts and pre-professional programs with the economy in order to help inform higher education faculty and administration when exploring changes to…
Descriptors: Macroeconomics, Graduation Rate, Correlation, Liberal Arts
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Davis, Shannon N.; Jacobsen, Shannon K. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
In the burgeoning literature on infusing undergraduate research and creative activities into the curriculum of research-intensive institutions, few studies have examined the perspectives of the faculty mentors who provide the individualized opportunities for students. Based on focus group data from 50 faculty mentors, we document faculty…
Descriptors: Barriers, Organizational Change, Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes
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Monge, Robert; Frisicaro-Pawlowski, Erica – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
Information literacy instruction--a set of skills taught in order to identify and find the information needed to solve a problem--traditionally follows a formalized academic model. It assumes information skills can be applied universally and learned individually. However, this approach does not correspond to the social and specialized learning…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Information Skills, Guidelines, Curriculum Development
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Perry, Jill Alexa – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
In this article I report on the application of the lens of Rogers' (1995) change agent roles and Kezar and Lester's (2011) adaptation of tempered radicals in order to understand the leadership roles assumed by three individual faculty members located at three distinct schools of education. These faculty leaders utilized the concepts and…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Educational Change, Change Strategies, College Faculty
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Comeaux, Eddie – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
There are increasing concerns about the educational experiences of Division I student-athletes in big-time college sports. Calls for reform have come from within colleges and universities and beyond. The literature of innovative management offers ideas that can help mitigate the academic and athletic divide and offer new ideas for athletic…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Educational Change, College Students, Athletes
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Buss, Ray R.; Zambo, Debby; Painter, Suzanne R.; Moore, David W. – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
Recent criticisms of the Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) have challenged faculty members to create or reform such programs. In response to these concerns, faculty members at a particular institution designed and implemented a new Ed.D. program focused on leadership and innovation. We conducted this action research study in order to examine the…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Schools of Education, College Faculty, Educational Change
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