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Dissertations from 2019

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Retention Relationships: Connecting Higher Education Employees to Students Through Student Organizations, Michelle Sanford

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A Comparative Study Analyzing Undergraduate Internship Participation and the Impact on Retention and Timely Degree Completion at a Four-Year, Private, Midwest Institution, Stefani Schuette

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A Comparative Analysis of Student Achievement of First Grade Students Using Fundations vs. Heggerty and Words Their Way, Stephen Schwartz

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The Intersection of Andragogy and Courtroom Practice, Grant Shostak

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A Mixed-Methods Study of Applying Andragogical Practices to an Online TESOL Teacher Training Course at a Midwestern University, Daisy Anne Mary Skelly

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Adult Learning Principles Used with Nontraditional Students in Higher Education to Enhance Learner Satisfaction and Retention, Brenda M. Smith

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Educators’ Perceptions Concerning the Leading Factors of Mathematics Achievement in Top-Ranking Nations Around the World, Kendra Snow

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An Examination of the Attitudinal and Structural Barriers to Successful Implementation of Personalized Learning, Jeremy Sullivan

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Perspectives on English Language Learner Programs: A Case Study, Stacie Thompson

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A Qualitative Exploration of Perceptions of Down Syndrome and Student Disabilities in a Suburban Midwest High School, Gregory Wagener

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Student Conduct Officers’ Perceptions of Restorative Practices Based on Educational and Professional Background, Gregroy William Robert Weaver

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A Qualitative Self-Study of Educational Philosophy Within the Context of a Structured Educational Framework, Tiffany Young

Dissertations from 2018

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Understanding the Relationship Between Student Demographic, Attribute, Academic, and Social Integration Factors with Retention, Landon Keefer Adams

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Comparison of Student Success Between Graduate and Undergraduate Students on the Missouri Content Assessments at a Private Midwestern University, Christina Been

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A Study of Advancement: Female Superintendents Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Tiffany Caywood Brunner

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A Mixed-Methods Study on the Relationship Between Corrective Reading Interventions and Student Achievement in an Urban Middle School After-School Program, Emma Campbell-Cornelius

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A Mixed-Methods Study Investigating the Relationship Between Minority Student Perceptions of the Climate and Culture of Their Institution and the Climate and Culture of Higher Education, Melodie Carr-Winston

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Perceptions of Accommodation Enhancements on Student Academic Achievement in Higher Education, Cheryl Lynne Coleman

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A Case Study of the Implementation of Co-Teaching in a STEAM Elementary Magnet School in a Midwestern State, Ashley Lane Cooper

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Perceptions of Trustees and Presidents of the Competencies Essential for Successful 21st-Century Community College Leadership, Cliff Davis

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Juvenile Programming Activities in Detention Facilities: Self-Adjustment and Levels of Stress, Stephen Davis

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Relationship Between Teachers’ Use of Cognitive Coaching in the Classroom and Teacher Efficacy, Gretchen A. DeMasters

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A Mixed Methods Study on the Relationship Between JobFit, TeacherFit, Morgan & Associates Video Screener, and iObservation in a Suburban Midwest Public School, M. David Duckworth

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Identifying and Interpreting the Technological Self-Efficacy Ratings of Teachers in Midwestern School Districts with 1:1 Technology: A Mixed-Methods Approach, Gregory Edwards

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Missouri Superintendents’ Perceptions of the Variables Impacting the Gender Leadership Gap in Public Education, Gwendolyn M. Fleming

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The Beliefs of Secondary Teachers on Personalized Learning for Students Through the Use of Instructional Technology, Christopher Jay Ford

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A Comparison of Student Success, Attrition, and Perceptions of Course Satisfaction in Online Courses with Face-to-Face Health Information Management Associate Degree Programs, Susan L. Foster

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A Case Study on the Experiences of Black Men Participating in an African-American Male Initiative at a Post-Secondary Institution, Michael A. Gibson

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An Analysis of Research-Based Leadership Practices and the Principal’s Impact on Student Achievement, Tisha Georgette Glasper

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A Mixed Method Analysis of Leveled Literacy Intervention with Second Grade Students in an Urban Midwest Public School, Angela Glass

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Student Retention Matters: A Study of Community College Student Retention Characteristics, Models, and Programs, Robert Joseph Goltra III

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A Case Study on Licensed Practical Nursing Program Outcomes: Exploring Factors Affecting Successful Program Completion and Licensure, Holley Goodnight

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A Mixed Methods Study on Faculty Caring and Trust as Perceived by Undergraduate Students in Classrooms at a Mid-Western University, Pamela L. Grant

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A Case Study on the use of Best Practices Within the MRI Program in a Midwest School District, Maureen M. Green

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Utilizing Parent Support Groups to Improve Parenting Efficacy and Relationships for Parents of Inattentive, Hyperactive, or Non-Compliant Children, Deborah Rickman Hake

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A Mixed-Method Study of Kindergarten through Third-Grade Teachers’ Perceptions of Homework, Tonya Heavin

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An Action Research Study: The Development and Implementation of a School District Action Plan for Students Identified With Adverse Childhood Experiences, Ben Hebisen

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The Impact of Learning Contracts on Eating Habits Groups, Jose Jones

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Guidelines for U.S. Teacher Leaders in Adult Classrooms to Enhance International Undergraduate Satisfaction, Somanita Kheang

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Paying for Performance: Public School Property Taxes and Public-School District Performance in Missouri, Keenan Daniela Kinder

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The Perceptions of Implementation Teams on the Impact of Character Development Programs on School Culture, Student Behaviors, and Student Leadership Skills, Travis G. Kite

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A Mixed Method Analysis on the Relationship Between Engagement, Achievement, Satisfaction, and Syllabus Design in a Private Midwest University, Hannah Kohler

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Perceptions of Missouri School Superintendents and School Resource Officers Regarding Preparedness for Multi-Hazard Events, Jennifer Renae Wheeler Lofton

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A Mixed-Methods Study of Middle School Students’ Perceptions of Teacher Feedback and its Effects on Metacognition and Motivation, Jody A. Marberry

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The Perceived Impact of the Four-Day School Week on Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Retention, and Job Satisfaction, Kristi Sue Marion

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Exploration of Post-Secondary Preparation in Urban, Suburban, and Rural High Schools in the State of Missouri, Rashida J. McKinley

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A Study of Effective Strategies for Retention for At-Risk Students at a Small Private Liberal Arts College, Michael Heath Morgan

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Restorative Practices in Schools and its Relationship to Decreasing Discipline Infractions in African American Males, Leslie Muhammad

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Factors that Influence K-8 Educators in Regard to Teacher Retention, Jerold C. Osbourn

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A Quantitative Comparative Analysis of Early Learning and Developmental Programs in High Poverty and Low Poverty Counties in Missouri, Tracy Jenkins Pelot

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Examination of the Educational Impact of Delayed Identification of Gifted Students, Timothy Perkins

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General Education Science and Special Education Teachers’ Experiences with Inclusive Middle School Science Classrooms, Michelle P. Phelan

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A Correlational Study of Academic Locus of Control, Study Preparation, and the Praxis II, Elizabeth Polzin

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Feeling Valued, Supported, and Satisfied: Perceptions of Special Educators and Principals, Tanya Lynn Rapert

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Changed Perceptions of Teachers and Administrators on Professional Development after Implementation of a One-to-One Technology Initiative, Tara Ashley Roberts

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A Mixed-Methods Study on Emotional and Social Intelligence and Grit in Graduate Students at a Private Four-Year University, Emilee S. Schnefke

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A Mixed Methods Comparative Analysis of the Implementation of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Missouri Elementary Public Schools, Laura Smith

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An Investigation of the Relationship Between Standards-Based Grading and End of Course Assessment Scores, Steven W. Smith

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A Study of the Effect of Actively Learn on Secondary Reading Engagement, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary, Tina Rae Spencer

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A Content Analysis of Cultural Sensitivity within K-5 English Language Arts Common Core Fictional Exemplar Texts, Kevin D. Starks

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Differences in the Dual Credit Experience between High School and Institutions of Higher Education, Micheala A. Steinmetz-Benton

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The Impact of Expanded Access and Increased Engagement and the Effect on Closing the Achievement Gap, Amy Lynn St. John

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Nelly Don: An Educational Leader, Lisa S. Thompson

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An Ethnographic Study on the Relationship Between Andragogy and Perceived Ability of Hybrid and Virtual Employees to Live Corporate Values, Laura Van Iseghem

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A Mixed Method Study Examining Corrective Reading Implementation Models in an Urban Midwest School District, Claudette Denean Vaughn

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An Examination of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in Teacher Preparation Programs for Rural School Educators, Jamie Lea Walker-Davidson

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Exploring the Learning Experience of Higher Education Students in a Midwestern University who Suffered Childhood Trauma, Dora Jean Washington

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Perceptions of Commuter Students and Faculty: A Mixed Methods Study on Commuter Student Retention, Julie A. Wengert

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A Mixed-Methods Investigation on Generalization of Positive Behavior Supports Skills from Early Childhood to Kindergarten in a Midwestern School District, Ann M. Westbrook

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An Exploratory Study of the Role of Soft Skills in the Training and Employability of High School Graduates, Felita Sharmett Williams

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A Mixed-Method Comparative Analysis of First-Generation and Non-First-Generation Students in the Midwest, Juanika Q. Williams

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Reflection, Insight, and Critical Thinking in Nutrition Diagnostics Graduates, Kristen Jane Williams

Dissertations from 2017

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Effects of the Classroom-Assigned Tasks and Responsibilities Program In Middle Schools, Hollis Faye Avis

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Exploring the Congruency between Mission and Practice in a Pre-K–12, Midwestern, Christian School, Allison Bearden

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Student Achievement Versus Technology in the Catholic Classroom: Correlation or Added Bonus, Cheryl L. Boze Hall

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Applying Andragogical Principles to Real-Time Embedded Parental Coaching When Helping Their Children with Hearing Loss to Talk, Betsy Moog Brooks

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Measuring the Outcome of At-Risk Students on Biology Standardized Tests When Using Different Instructional Strategies, Dana Burns

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Technology Integration and English Language Learners, Joshua James Carter

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A Mixed Method Study on the Missouri Beginning Teachers Assistance Program and Teacher Retention in Saint Louis School Districts, Raymond Ciolek

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An Examination of the Proportion of Special Education Students in Single-Parent Homes in Comparison to Regular Education Students in Similar Households, Melissa M. Cook

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Dual Credit Instructor and Counselor Opinions Concerning the Effectiveness of Dual Credit Programs on Post-Secondary Readiness in Southwest Missouri, Natalie Gail Cook

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Influence of Gender and Age on the Performance of a PBIS program: Quantitative Analysis of Secondary Data from A Midwestern Suburban Public Middle School, Ibrahima Coulibaly

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A Case Study on Leadership Identity Development of Tutors in a Learning Center, Samantha L. Crandall

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Teacher Job Satisfaction as Related to Student Performance on State-Mandated Testing, James Douglas Crawford

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Exploring Students’ Use of Learning Contracts in Preparing for the National Athletic Training Board Certification Examination, William Dill

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Evaluating the Self-Efficacy of Novice Educators in Nursing and Allied Health Care Programs as it Pertains to Faculty Development, Amanada Lea Doneski

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Case Study: Exploring the Presence of Trust in One Suburban Christian School Climate, James Drury

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A Mixed-Methods Investigation on Contributing Factors to the Political Efficacy of Eighth Grade Students in a Suburban School District in Missouri, Colette Edson

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Comparison of the Completion Pathways of Four Categories of Doctoral Students from a Midwestern University, Laticia Garbarini

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The Impact of a Community-Based College Access Program at a Midwestern Institution, Ryan Ronald Gonzaga Reed

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Interpreting the Impact of the Four-Day School Week: An Examination of Performance Before and After Switching to the Four-Day School Week, Matthew Lee Gower

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International Student Enrollment Trends from 2008-2014: Country Case Studies and Comparison to a Midwest Liberal Arts Institution, Emin Hajiyev

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A Qualitative Analysis of African-American High School Students’ Transitioning from Middle School to High School in an Urban Private High School Setting, Syreeta R. Holland

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Teacher Perceptions of Administrator Leadership Styles Regarding Job Satisfaction, Zachary Tyler Johnson

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Andragogy and Workplace Relationships: A Mixed-Methods Study Exploring Employees’ Perceptions of Their Relationships with Their Supervisors, Erin Klepper

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The Academic and Behavioral Impact of Multiple Sport Participation on High School Athletes, Christopher James Kohl

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A Qualitative Study of Learning Spaces at a Midwest Elementary School and its Relationship to Student Attitudes about Reading, Stephanie Marie Limpert

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Investigating the Possible Relationship Between Participation in High School Athletics and First-Generation College Student Persistence to College Graduation, Connie Lindemann-Litzsinger

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A Nice Place to Live and Work: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of a Residential Life Living-Learning Community and Employment Model at a Top-Tier Midwestern University, Justin Paul Linsenmeyer

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Bridging the Gap Between Schools and Families Through Teacher Home Visits, Melissa Ann Lucas