Faculty-student interaction is an important component of the undergraduate experience. Our year-long qualitative study explored the complex nature of faculty-student interaction outside the classroom. Our resulting typology identifies five types of interaction: disengagement, incidental contact, functional interaction, personal interaction, and mentoring. This typology provides researchers with a new lens through which they can examine faculty-student interaction and suggests that even non-academic interactions between students and professors can be meaningful to students. Finally, the typology will allow faculty, staff, and administrators to improve current practices and develop initiatives that build bridges between faculty and students outside the classroom.
College students -- United States -- Social conditions.
Social classes -- United States.
Education, Higher -- Social aspects -- United States.
This study addressed the extent to which social class position structures a sense of belonging at college, and the ways in which belonging informs adjustment to college. Among 322 liberal arts college students, social class background was significantly associated with a sense of belonging at college and was marginally related to academic performance but was not related to the quality of the experience they were having at college. Sense of belonging mediated the relationship between class background and adjustment to college.
Cheating (Education) -- United States -- Prevention.
Honor system (Higher education) -- United States.
Organizational change -- United States.
Organizational behavior -- United States.
The concept of academic integrity has been resurrected in both literature and practice in response to a perceived problem of student academic dishonesty. Most specifically, academic integrity advocates suggest changing the student academic culture to normalize academic integrity and reduce occurrences of academic dishonesty. Theories of organizational culture and change (e.g., Schein, 1992) suggest, however, that such a change process will be complex. This study fills a void in the literature by providing an examination of the integrity culture change process at one case institution and offering considerations for the facilitation and empirical investigation of integrity culture change.
Universities and colleges -- United States -- Administration.
This study examines college presidents who have successfully institutionalized diversity measures on their campuses, focusing on their strategies. The study focus was: Do campuses at different stages of institutionalization in their diversity agendas use different strategies? If so, why? And how do different strategies help move the campus toward institutionalizing a diversity agenda? It identifies institutions at three different levels of institutionalization and describes their distinctive strategies for each phase. The article argues that college presidents need to acknowledge the importance of understanding the institutional phase before implementing any activities or plans.
Academic achievement -- Research -- United States.
Teacher-student relationships -- United States.
Educational change -- United States.
The scholarship on student success, particularly for minority groups, has two limitations. One is the lack of attention to practitioners’ knowledge, beliefs, experiences, education, and feelings of self‑efficacy as factors that influence student outcomes. The other derives from the traditional science assumption that the researcher produces generalized knowledge that is translatable into “best practices” that are implemented locally by practitioners. These epistemological limitations can be addressed by the conceptualization of a phronetic social science for higher education where practitioners assume the role of researchers and develop context‑dependent knowledge and experience about how to facilitate student success.