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Higher Education Researchers Present at ASHE Conference [11/04/2015]


McLendon-200The latest research on key higher education issues is being presented this week by researchers from Baylor School of Education at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), being held Nov. 4-8 in Denver.

Baylor School of Education Dean, Dr. Michael McLendon, two faculty members from the Department of Educational Administration, and two doctoral students from the department are part of the conference.

McLendon, also professor of higher education in the School of Education, is chairing the annual Graduate Student Policy Seminar, which familiarizes top PhD students from around the country with the work of senior scholars in the field of higher education. Baylor doctoral student in the Department of Educational Administration Cara Cliburn Allen was selected to be part of this year’s seminar.

Alleman-New-200Dr. Nathan Alleman, assistant professor of higher education studies, is presenting a paper titled “Separate But Not Quite Equal: Collegiality Experiences of Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track Faculty Members,” along with Dr. Donald Haviland of California State University, Long Beach, and doctoral student Allen.

The group will present research from a qualitative interview study investigating collegiality among 39 full-time non-tenure-track faculty at both a public and a religiously affiliated private institution. Their research found that collegiality for such faculty members is at best “incomplete” and at worst “seriously deficient.” Alleman writes that this reflects non-tenure faculty’s status as ill-defined, creating a “separate but not quite equal” status for such faculty.

Glanzer-200Dr. Perry Glanzer and Ph.D. student and lead author Jessica Robinson are presenting a paper titled “Building a Culture of Academic Integrity: What Students Perceive and Need.”

The paper reports on a study done by Baylor researchers through Gallup, interviewing a group of 75 higher-education students from around the country about the problem of cheating in college. Other scholars have reported that cheating is pervasive, complex and must be solved by creating a moral culture supporting academic integrity. The students interviewed by Glanzer and Robinson reported that they see cheating as a trivial problem, a matter of simple rules, and something that could be solved by harsher enforcement of existing rules.

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) promotes collaboration among its members and others engaged in the study of higher education through research, conferences and publications, including its highly regarded journal, the Review of Higher Education.

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