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Raelin, Joseph A.; Bailey, Margaret B.; Hamann, Jerry; Pendleton, Leslie K.; Reisberg, Rachelle; Whitman, David L. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The authors report the results of a three-year longitudinal study of retention among undergraduate engineering students enrolled at four major universities. The study demonstrates that self-efficacy can be a critical factor in student persistence and can be broken down into three components: work, career, and academic self-efficacy. The authors…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Work Experience, Self Efficacy, Academic Persistence
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Ballantine, Jeanne H.; Jolly-Ballantine, John-Andrew – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
Good mentoring of graduate students influences their perseverance and success to completion, whereas bad mentoring can result in negative outcomes, including delayed degree completion or non-completion. What the authors refer to as the gray zone is that which falls between good and bad mentoring. Examples are partial mentoring or changes in…
Descriptors: Mentors, Graduate Students, Instructional Improvement, Teaching Methods
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Love, Anne Goodsell; Dietrich, Alexa; Fitzgerald, Jason; Gordon, David – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Wagner College's academic program emphasizes interdisciplinary study, experiential learning, and reflection on theory and practice. The curriculum is enhanced by a rich array of opportunities in New York City. In the course of their undergraduate studies, students enroll in three learning communities, two of which include experiential learning and…
Descriptors: College Students, Cooperative Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Communities of Practice
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Roberson, Bill; Franchini, Billie – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
Group and team tasks are the culminating outputs of student learning in team and collaborative learning environments. How they are conceived and designed, therefore, can directly determine the success of the pedagogical strategy. A key design issue for creating effective tasks is how best to focus student knowledge, observation, and analysis…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, College Students, College Faculty
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Ramson, Amy J. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2014
College students will face a workplace transformed even from the one that existed five years ago. Public and private organizations presently require employees to possess highly developed core competencies. This shift in expectations, exacerbated by high unemployment among recent college graduates, has made accountability a hot issue for higher…
Descriptors: Service Learning, College Students, Competency Based Education, Career Readiness