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Studying the Effectiveness of a Community College Advising Intervention Model for Undecided Students

Novak, Joshua (2017) Studying the Effectiveness of a Community College Advising Intervention Model for Undecided Students. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Nationally, community college rates of student completion and success are in the spotlight, and college leaders are increasingly focusing on academic advising as a strategy to meet institutional goals for improvement. Research on academic advising as a lever for improved student outcomes is compelling, but applying research-based strategies to local practice can be challenging. This research study discusses the development of an academic advising intervention model for undecided students within a small, rural community college, and the implementation of this model using improvement science-based strategies over an academic term. To assess the effectiveness of the model, quantitative data on student engagement, behaviors and outcomes, and qualitative data on the implementation process were collected and analyzed. The research methodology incorporated in this study utilizes both a causal comparative design to evaluate differences in quantitative data between the study and a comparison cohort, and thematic analysis to explore the implementation process and impacts. Major findings are that (1) the adoption of the advising model did have significant positive impacts on student engagement and student behaviors, and positive impacts on student outcomes and (2) the iterative design strategies utilized throughout the implementation had a positive influence on the adoption of the model. The study provides an example of the application of community college advising theory to local practice, the management and evolution of a change initiative through iterative design, and the assessment of a local advising model using readily available data. The study and results have implications for academic advising administration and for educational leadership more broadly.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Novak, Joshuajrn25@pitt.edujrn25
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDeAngelo,
Committee MemberRussell,
Committee MemberWilloughby, G.
Date: 29 August 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 June 2017
Approval Date: 29 August 2017
Submission Date: 1 July 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 165
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic Advising, Undecided Student, Advising Administration, Improvement Science, Advising Assessment, Higher Education Administration
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 23:30
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2017 23:30


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