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Kezar, Adrianna; Holcombe, Elizabeth – Liberal Education, 2017
Certain widely tested educational practices have been shown to have a significantly beneficial impact on student learning and success in college. These "high-impact practices" include first-year experiences, common intellectual experiences, learning communities, writing-intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects,…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Best Practices, Institutional Research, Administrator Guides
Kezar, Adrianna; Gehrke, Sean – Liberal Education, 2014
Why are so many non-tenure-track faculty being hired? The answer may at first seem so obvious as to make the question itself seem absurd. Most department chairs, deans, and tenured or tenure-track faculty members would likely point to budget shortfalls, last-minute increases in enrollments, and the inability to win approval for new tenure-track…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Nontenured Faculty, Tenure, Teacher Selection
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Kezar, Adrianna; Hartley, Matthew; Maxey, Daniel – Liberal Education, 2012
In this article, the authors explain why examining the way institutions model democracy on campus is an important, but often overlooked, step in advancing students' democratic learning. First, they note how a decline in shared governance produces an educational environment that adversely affects students' civic inclinations and agency. Next, they…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Governance, Democracy, Citizen Participation
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Kezar, Adrianna – Liberal Education, 2012
One of the dilemmas that policy makers, campus leaders, and individual faculty members often describe with chagrin is the difficulty of scaling up successful innovations. Officials at the National Science Foundation (NSF), for example, admit they are discouraged because the results of most NSF-funded projects are not disseminated beyond the target…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Research and Development, Educational Change, Science Instruction
Kezar, Adrianna – Liberal Education, 2009
While widespread financial illiteracy and reduced opportunities for low-income students to participate in higher education may seem unrelated, both challenges can be addressed through Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), an existing but widely underutilized tool. IDAs have the potential both to increase access and retention of low-income…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Low Income, Money Management, Illiteracy
Kezar, Adrianna; Lester, Jaime; Carducci, Rozana; Gallant, Tricia Bertram; McGavin, Melissa Contreras – Liberal Education, 2007
Faculty members who work directly to advance the institutional mission of teaching, learning, and at some institutions, research, represent the core human resource of higher education. They are the stewards of campus leadership and decision making. While the faculty role has changed over time, leadership has remained critical to innovation in…
Descriptors: Tenure, Institutional Mission, Instructional Leadership, College Faculty