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Dissertations from 2016

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Examining the Existence and Importance of Ten Skills for Successful School Leaders from Saudi Principals’ Perspectives, Khalifah Albalawi

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The Empowerment of Academic Women Leaders at Saudi Universities and Its Relationship to Their Administrative Creativity, Azala M. Al Ghamdi

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Empirical Evaluation of Different Features of Design in Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Deyab Almaleki

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The Relationship between Student Achievement and Professional Learning Communities at the Middle School Level, Michael S. Burde

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From Novice to Independent Researcher: A Content Analysis of PhD Student Blogs, Sarah J. Cox

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The Federal School Improvement Grant: Telling the Story through Quantitative Outcomes, Gregg B. Dionne

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Work Stress: A Review, Analysis, and Extension of the Job Demands-Control (-Support) Model, Marcus J. Fila

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Correlates and Effects of Data-Informed Decision-Making: An Empirical Examination of the Loose Coupling Theory Using a National Data Set, Xingyuan Gao

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Single and Multiple Leadership Roles of Building Principals: Perceived Differences in Leadership Responsibilities in Selected Midwestern Districts, Michael A. Gaunt

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The Experience of Teachers and Deans in an Intensive Weekly Observation/Feedback Model, Kathleen A. Grinwis

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Exploration of Peer Learning in a Formal Cohort Healthcare Leadership Development Program, Melinda Marie Gruber

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Students Engaged in a Learn and Earn Program: Exploring Characteristics that Identify those Interested in a Career in Manufacturing, Amy M. Koning

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Females in Automotive Careers: Career Decision-Making Influences and Experiences During University Preparation and Beyond, Russell A. Leonard Jr.

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Student-Teacher Connection, Race, and Relationships to Academic Achievement, Timothy Brian Mabin Jr.

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The Influence of Building Configuration on Academic Achievement, Attendance, and Demographic Variables in Selected Midwestern School Districts, Catherine A. MacArthur

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Exploration of Experiences and Perceptions of Saudi Arabian Students within a Team Project Setting at an U.S. University, Ronald A. McKean

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Shaping Leadership: Leadership Standards in the Organizational Language of University Programs, R. Ben Meador IV

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Cross-Cultural Mentoring Relationships between Faculty and Students in Undergraduate Athletic Training Programs, Scott D. Michel

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Principals’ Perspectives on the Professional Development Process and its Outcomes, Sara Kathleen Moore

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The Relationships between Clergy Attachment Style, Leadership Style, and Clergy Professional Longevity, Marc Nelesen

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It’s on Us: A Case Study of Academic Integrity in a Mid-Western Community College, Ceceilia Parnther

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Effective Practices to Address Implementation Challenges in IB Diploma Programmes in Michigan Schools, Michael B. Pascoe

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The Impact of Denominational Affiliation on Organizational Sense of Belonging and Commitment of Adjunct Faculty at Bible Colleges and Universities, Kimberly M. Pilieci

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Effectiveness of Problem-Based Learning Strategies within Police Training Academies and Correlates with Licensing Exam Outcomes, Cecil R. Queen

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A Phenomenological Approach Examining the Completion of Latino High School Students through the Lenses of Critical Race Theory, Anna M. Rangel-Clawson

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A Quantitative Analysis of Whether Elementary Teachers’ Science Kit Usage and Beliefs Can Predict State Science Assessment Scores, Tony E. Rice

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Advancing Evaluation in Community Colleges: A Mixed Methods Case Study of Outcomes-Based Assessment Training in Student Affairs, Tammy L. Russell

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Using RTP (Responsible Thinking Process) as a Lever For Improving School Culture: A Case Study of an Alternative Secondary School’s Implementation Of RTP, Andrew D. Rynberg

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A Phenomenological Study of Practicing Educators’ Personal and Collaborative Experiences within a Climate of High Stakes Individual Accountability, Kathy L. Stewart

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Principals’ Experiences Adapting to a New State-Mandated Administrator Evaluation Process: a Phenomenological Study, Kathleen Ann Teed Ramirez

Dissertations from 2015

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An Exploration of Strategic Planning Perspectives and Processes within Community Colleges Identified as Being Distinctive in Their Strategic Planning Practices, Lisa J. Augustyniak

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Comparison of Item Response Theory Models for Data Fit of Quality Control Measurements for Maillard Reaction Browning in Foods, Polly Barrett

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Effective Fund Raising Practices in Public Community Colleges, Mark A. Bergstrom

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Mothers Who Choose Traditional Public Education in Times of Economic Stress, Criticism, and District Reform, Brian W. Davis

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lnfluences lmpacting the Development of Entry-Level Master's Athletic Training Programs, Jennifer E. Deranek

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A Partnership Between a Midwest Community College and the Highly Regulated Power Production Industry: A Case Study Regarding the Development of an Energy Production Technology Program, Kenneth W. Flowers

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Alignment of Mission Statements with Hiring and Evaluation Processes of Faculty at Higher Education Institutions Approved by the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), Nancy M. Foster

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GME Graduate Retention Rates: A Single Institution Study, Tracy J. Frieswyk

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An Examination of Academic Grit in Urban High Schools, Ronald Gorman

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Experiences of African American Female First Generation College Students, Ashley Green

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A National Study of Alternatively and Traditionally Certified Teachers, John F. Hoye

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Family Resilience and Sojourning Japanese Families in the U.S., Mitsuyo Izumi

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Comparing Online and Traditional Interview Techniques: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Researchers and Participants in the Malaysian Context, Diyana Kamarudin

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Retention of Community College Students in Online Courses, Sarah Krajewski

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Using Dynamic lndicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) Oral Reading Fluency Data to Predict Michigan Educational Assessment Program Outcomes, Lisa Lockman

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Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at U.S. Colleges and Universities: Administration Processes Regarding the Adoption, Implementation, and Integration of ERM, Anne E. Lundquist

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Optical Sensors for the Detection of Metals, Fluoride, and other Toxic Species based on various Dye Molecules, Rathnayaka M. N. R. Madawala

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Perceptions of Teacher Evaluation Systems at CTE Centers in Michigan, Michael A. Martel

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Improving Evaluation in Nonprofit Organizations: A Study of How Evaluation Requests for Proposals Are Developed, Responded to, and Fulfilled, Nakia S. Matthews

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Closing The Loop: A Study of How the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is Used for Decision-Making and Planning in Student Affairs, Jennifer Lee McCaul

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Redefining Significance: Experiences of Humanities Faculty Engaged in Undergraduate Research, Susan Mendoza

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Principal Leadership: Communication, Support, Management, and Evaluation in Literacy Education in Michigan Elementary Reward Schools Beating the Odds, Jason Michael Surian

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From Networked Learning to Operational Practice: Constructing and Transferring Superintendent Knowledge in a Regional Instructional Rounds Network, Timothy J. Travis

Dissertations from 2014

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Relationships between Wellness-Related Behaviors and Academic Performance, Helene M. Alfano

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The Lived Experiences of Veteran Elementary Urban School Teachers: Why and How They Stay, Cynthia A. Anthony

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Investigating Practices of Research-Proven Multidimensional Teacher Evaluation Systems in Michigan Schools, George A. Aramath

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Comprehending Male and Female Levels of Engagement in Subsets of the National Survey of Student Engagement: Explicating the Dynamics of Gender Role Conflict as a Mediating Factor for Males, Jacob Glen Arndt

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Using Case Method to Explicitly Teach Formative Assessment in Preservice Teacher Science Education, Amy Elizabeth Bentz

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Teacher Trust Levels and How They Differ Between School Settings and Impact Teacher Involvement in Student Achievement Activities, Gretchen Kaeding Bergan

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Focus and Priority Schools: How Principals Enact Leadership Responsibilities to Increase Student Achievement in Selected Mid-Western Counties, Jeffery P. Boggan

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Processes, Tools, and Procedures Section 504 Coordinators Use to Create and Provide Uniformity of Section 504 Requirements Across Their Districts, Caroline Breault-Cannon

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Career and Technical Education and the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award in Education, Patricia Crum-Allen

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A Monte Carlo Study of the Optimal Rank Order Relationship with Criterion Scores, Hongyan Cui

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How Do Middle School Core Content Area Teachers in a Title 1 School Use Cooperative Learning in the Context of High Accountability for Student Proficiency: A Multiple Case Study, Martha Cunigan-Wells

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Elementary Principals’ Perspectives on Newly Graduated General Education Teachers’ Abilities to Teach Students with Disabilities in Inclusion Classrooms, Darla Jane England

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The Impact of Mentoring on the Self-Perceived Personal and Professional Success Of African American Women Graduates of a Midwestern University, Deveta R. Gardner

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A Phenomenological Study of University Faculty Experiences with Disruptive Undergraduate Students in a Face-to-Face Classroom or Laboratory Setting, Anne Marie Gillespie

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From National Standards to Classrooms: A Case Study of Middle Level Teachers’ Assessment Knowledge and Practice, Susan Lynn Gutierrez

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Black Male Graduates’ Reflections on their College Experiences at a Private, Faith-Based, Predominantly White Institution of Higher Education, Kimberly Hayworth

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Connecting the Disciplinary Dots: Faculty Attitudes Toward the Professionalization of Web Development, Kathleen Mary Kalata

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District Mandated Changes in Technology and Inquiry-Based Instruction, Mulonge Musa Kalumbula

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An Examination of How Feminist Perspectives and Generational Differences lnfluence the Leadership Practices of Women Administrators in Higher Education, Marlene Kowalski-Braun

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Tatweer School Principals' Perceptions of New Authorities Grantedin the lnitial Steps of Decentralization, Salah Salih Meemar

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From Altruism to Investment: Venture Philanthropy and its Impact on Shared Governance at Liberal Arts Colleges, Joshua D. Merchant

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Perceptions of General Education Deans and Department Chairs of their Colleges as Learning Organizations, May Charmayne Mulligan

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Formation of Successful Partnerships between Rural Community College Workforce Development Offices and Businesses: Motivation, Social Capitaland Communication, Ryan Nausieda

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The Logistics of Implementing a Field-Based Comprehensive School Reform Initiative, Dawn E. Reeves

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The Experiences of Latina/o Executives in Higher Education, Leonard A. Savala III

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A Phenomenological Study into How Students Experience and Understand the University Presidency, Kahler B. Schuemann

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Teachers' Making Meaning of Reduced Class Sizes: A Phenomenology, Brenda Ludy Snow

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The Influence of Teacher Leadership and Professional Learning on Teachers’ Knowledge and Change of Instructional Practices in Low Performing Schools, Christen Conklin Topolinski

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Implementation of a Modified Reading Program in an Urban High School Setting, Ann Vayre

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A Comparison of Charter Public and Traditional Public School Principals: Who They Are and How They Function, Jared R. Vickers

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Principal-Teacher’s Decision-Making Power Relationship: A National Study Based on Sass 2003-04 Data, Jiangang Xia

Dissertations from 2013

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Cultural Adaptations of American Teachers in International Schools, David J. Alban

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Committed Seventh-Day Adventist Students at Secular Institutions of Higher Education, LaShonda R. Anthony

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Measuring Performance Excellence: Key Performance Indicators for Institutions Accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), Paul J. Ballard

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Effective Leadership Behaviors: How One Principal Made Sense of and Integrated Research-Based Behaviors Into His Daily Practice, Heidi Ann Beidinger-Burnett

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Anxiety-Reducing Strategies in the Classroom, Robin K. Buchler

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The Impact of Institutional Culture on Student Activism: A Multi-Case Study in Christian Higher Education, Brian E. Cole

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How Schools are Meeting State Legal Mandates to Provide Online Education, Mark Edward Deschaine

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Collaboration between Grant-Making Organizations, Evaluators, And Program Staff Related to Standardized Evaluation Requirements, Kristin M. Everett

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Veteran Teachers and Novice Coaches: A Case Study of Content Focused Coaching in Three Persistently Failing Midwestern Middle Schools, Brian E. Gamm

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Principal Leardership Behaviors Which Teachers at Different Career Stages Perceive as Affecting Job Satisfaction, Valari Hill

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A Comparative Study of Exact Versus Propensity Matching Techniques Using Monte Carlo Simulation, Mukaria J. J. Itang'ata

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From Script to Screen to Syllabus: The Path to Curriculum Design for Undergraduate Film Production Programs, Peter J. Muir

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The Process of How Teachers Become Teacher Leaders and How Teacher Leadership Becomes Distributed Within a School: A Grounded Theory Research Study, Steven J. Sanocki

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A Phenomenological Exploration of Superintendents’ and Principals’ Experiences in a Shared Professional Development Process, John R. Severson

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Pathways to Cyber Bullying from Bystander to Participant: Secondary School Students’ Perspectives, Michele L. Siderman

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Student Thoughts and Perceptions on Curriculum Reform, Douglas D. VanderJagt