Institutions of higher education strive towards student success often measured by learning, retention, graduation rates and employability. To achieve such goals, campuses employ student engagement initiatives. Student engagement is the time and effort that students engage in activities that directly meet the goals of the university (Kuh 2001, 2003, 2009). A strategy used to effectively engage students’ learning are high-impact practices. Though research has been conducted on the efficiency of these practices as learning tools for students, few studies demonstrate how colleges and universities implement them within and across campus. This study draws on Kezar and Eckel (2002) organizational sensemaking framework in an effort to understand the transformational change process within an institution. A qualitative case study was designed to investigate the processes used to institutionalize high-impact practices at Orange Excellence State University (OESU), and four core strategies were identified as effective in their institutionalization: (1) support structures, (2) communication, (3) professional development and (4) robust design. The findings illustrate the use of the campus strategic plan as most effective institutional approach that supports these practices through student engagement at OESU. This study found these practices support students learning experiences while mutually meeting the goals of the university. High-impact practices can be customized to fit the needs of individual campuses looking to increase student success through retention and graduation.
|Commitee:||Locks, Angela, Luca, Sandra|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational evaluation, Educational leadership, School administration|
|Keywords:||High-impact practices, Higher education, Retention, Student engagement|
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