The Journal of Higher Education

The Journal of Higher Education
Volume 76, Number 6, November/December 2005

CONTENTS

    Gilmartin, Shannon K.
  • The Centrality and Costs of Heterosexual Romantic Love among First-Year College Women
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    Subject Headings:
    • Women college students -- United States -- Social life and customs.
    • Women -- Education (Higher) -- United States.
    Abstract:
      Using Holland and Eisenhart's (1990) Educated in Romance as a springboard from which to explore college women's relational lives, this study examines how first-year women reconcile romance with friendship and schoolwork. Findings suggest that romance remains central to women, although the reasons for this are unclear.
    Kezar, Adrianna J.
  • Consequences of Radical Change in Governance: A Grounded Theory Approach
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    Subject Headings:
    • Universities and colleges -- United States -- Administration.
    • Education, Higher -- United States -- Administration.
    Abstract:
      Recently, policymakers have called for total restructuring and redesign of campus governance, claiming governance processes are incapable of making strategic decisions. The purpose of this study and article is to provide evidence about the consequences of engaging in radical alteration of an institution's governance system. Because no earlier studies of radical change within a governance system have been conducted, a grounded theory approach to analysis and data collection was adopted. Four frameworks related to radical change are used: business process reengineering, political, cultural, and institutional theories. The scant literature on proposed outcomes of radical change is reviewed. Two theoretical propositions about the consequences of radical change are described, identifying negative outcomes often not reviewed in the literature.
    Golde, Chris M.
  • The Role of the Department and Discipline in Doctoral Student Attrition: Lessons from Four Departments
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    Subject Headings:
    • Graduate students -- United States.
    • College dropouts -- United States.
    Abstract:
      This paper explains doctoral student attrition as a consequence of inadequate academic integration, a concept developed to explain undergraduate attrition. Theoretically, poor integration results from either isolation from or mismatch with the departmental (local) or disciplinary (national) communities. Interviews with students who left four departments at one university reveal six reasons (each present in at least three of the departments) that fit into a modified framework. A third category, "the discipline as filtered through the department," is added.
    Guiffrida, Douglas.
  • Othermothering as a Framework for Understanding African American Students' Definitions of Student-Centered Faculty
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    Subject Headings:
    • African American college students -- Attitudes.
    • College teachers -- United States.
    • Teacher-student relationships -- United States.
    Abstract:
      In this qualitative study, African American students attending a predominantly White institution (PWI) were interviewed to understand their definitions of student-centered faculty. The results suggest that a tradition of education within the African American community called "othermothering" provides a useful framework for conceptualizing the unique needs and expectations of some African American students attending PWIs.

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