This page collects theses produced under the Department of Counseling and Higher Education, as well as those produced under its previous name Department of Counseling and Student Development.

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Theses from 2021

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Adapting to Change: Transitional Experiences of Vertical Transfer Students, Anna K. Goldberg

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Speaking to Power: An Exploration of College Students’ Experiences with Student Lobbying, Catie Witt

Theses from 2020

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How Christian College Student Leaders Discover Purpose, Emmanuel Ayiku

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Adjustment to Life in America: Black African Graduate Level Students, Denver Daniels

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The Transitional Experiences of International Students Studying in the United States, Philip Fennell

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Making the Dream Become a Reality: How Student Affairs Professionals Support Undocumented Students, Jacqueline R. Garcia

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Panhellenic Women's Leadership Development and Self-Efficacy, Caitlyn Gastfield

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Transitional Experiences of Post-Secondary Students with Non-Disclosed Disabilities, Sierra E. Headrick

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The Living Mission: Mission Statements Evidenced in the Student Experience, Darek D. Hollis

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Growing Pains: Self-Efficacy Development in Resident Assistants, Zachary King

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A Qualitative Study of Why Women Join Panhellenic Organizations, Alex T. Martens

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Female Student Veteran's Transition to College, Doug Michaels

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How Leaders in Greek Life View Alcohol, Blake Miller

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Parents’ Perceived Financial Behaviors Impact on College Students’ Financial Behaviors, Naomi Saxon

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Shaking the Ceiling: First Leadership Role Attainment for Collegiate Women, Elizabeth J. Siecinski

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First-Generation Black Males’ Challenges in Attending a PWI: Understanding What Makes Them Persist, Shakeitra Simmons

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Social Media's Impact on College Student Activism: Senior Student Affairs Professional's Perspectives, Louis Soltysiak

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The Path to Persistence: How Highly-At-Risk Students Persevere to Graduation Day, Alexis Kaine Straub

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Values-Based Recruitment: Recruitment Strategy Effectiveness on Gaining Generation Z Matriculation, Alexandra Thompson

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Persistence of African American Students at Predominately White Institutions, Candace Thompson

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Reinstated Students: The Experiences and Perceptions of Academic Dismissal and Reinstatement, Kiona Webber

Theses from 2019

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Perception of the Residence Hall Conduct Process at a Small Private Institution, Brigette Anokwa

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Teachers' Perception of Mental Health in the School System, Nicholas Caldwell

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Effective Partnerships Between Campus Police and Student Affairs, Michael DiPalma

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College Students Experiences Participating in International Alternative Break Trips, Dayton L. Ehrlich

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How First Year CSA Graduate Students Undergraduate Involvement Experiences and Perceptions Align with the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies, Alexis Garner

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Student Use of Institutional Social Media, Hayley Elizabeth Hanger

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The Transition of Male Student-Athletes to a Division I College, Tori Harrison

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Impact of First-Generation Student Status on Graduate School Experience, Rachelle Ann Krausen

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Support from Above the Glass Ceiling: Narratives of Women as University Student Leaders, Rebecca Schwartz

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Factors Students Consider in the Decision Making Process for Graduate Education, Kiley Sturm

Theses from 2018

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Students Perspective of Healthy Living in College, Andrea Coxey

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A Qualitative Case Study on Best Practices of Emotional Support Animal Policies, Jordan E. Dadez

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Provisional Admission Impact on College Self-Efficacy: A Qualitative Approach, Carolyn A. Davis

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Factors Influencing Persistence of Students with Learning Disabilities at Four-Year Institutions, Abigail Frye

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Students' Perceptions of Safety on a Campus in Relation to Firearms, Porfirio Gallegos Jr.

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Using Young Adult Literature to Confront Mental Health: A Culturally Relevant Approach, Briana Hendrickson

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A Profile of Policy Discussions Regarding Gender-Inclusive Housing Amongst Four-Year Public Institutions in the Midwest: A Qualitative Approach, Alexis Hill

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How Federal Work-Study Affects the College Student Experience, Cole William Kallio-Crotteau

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Is the Relationship Between College Drinking Behaviors and Social Anxiety Mediated by Alcohol Expectancies and Traumatic Life Experiences?, Cortney Lin Kingsmill

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Rape Myth Acceptance in Social Fraternities and Sororities Compared to Nonaffiliated Students, Karissa B. Light

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An Analysis of the Meaning, Barriers, and Value of Developmental Education for First-Generation Minority Students at a Community College, Molly Murphy

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The Impact of Faith Development on College Student Decision Making, Kaitlyn Christine Noah

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Race, Identity, and Communication: Experiences of College Students from Underrepresented Groups, Raya D. Petty

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Understanding the Transition to College for Students with Learning Disabilities, Breanna Rehor

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Development and Implementation of a Program for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at One Four-Year Institution: A Case Study, Katelyn Reinke

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Influences on International Students' Selection of a Regional U.S. Institution: A Descriptive Study, Yazmin Rodriguez

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A Photo Illicit Study of Black Women's Sense of Belonging at a Predominately White Institution, Kayla Alexandria Slusher

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Art Majors' Perceptions of Their Self-Concept, Academic Self-Efficacy, and Social Identity, Sara E. Triplett

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Kids, Spouses, School, Oh My! The Non-Traditional Student Experience, Amber J. Webb

Theses from 2017

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A Qualitative Exploration of African American Students' Perceptions of and Experiences with On-Campus Police, Rishawnda Lenett Archie

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Access to Higher Education for Black Men: A Narrative Perspective, Kayla R. Branch

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Resident Assistant Perceptions of Motivations and Demotivations to Return to Their Position, Carrie Gochnauer

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The Relationship Between Participation in Community Service and Students Academic Success, Kelsi Grubisich

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Student Veterans and Their Transition to Becoming a College Student, Paul R. Higgerson

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Perceptions of Body Image Among College Men, Colton David Janes

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Microaggression in the College Environment: Narratives of African American Students at a Predominantly White Institution, Courtney Lynette Jones

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Motivation behind Male Undergraduate Students' Decision to Participate in a Study Abroad Program, Rachel Ann Lindhart

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Resilience and Thriving in Homeless College Students, Cayla C. Maurer

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An Analysis of Black Undergraduate Students' Social Activism through Social Media Usage, Tayla Richards

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Perceptions of Transgender Students in Social Fraternities and Sororities, Stacy Rowan

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Pivotal Moments in Undergraduate Education: Retention and Student Connection to Campus, Katie Sikora

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An Analysis of the Impact of Hall Council on the Acquisition of Transferable Skills, Madeline Smart

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The Impact of Bystander Intervention Education on Greek Life Affiliated Students' Efficacy in Addressing Sexual Violence on Campus, Laura M. Trombley

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First-Year Student Perceptions of a Community College Success Course: A Phenomenological Approach, Aaron J. Walk

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The Campus Ministry and the African American College Students' Experience: A Case Study, Tania LaCora Ward

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Are Students Stressed?: A Study of the Impact of Student Engagement on Student Stress, Titus Young

Theses from 2016

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A Quantitative Study of the Source of Stress for First Generation Freshman Female College Students, Amber Byrley

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Impact of Employment on Undergraduate Academic Achievement, Canaan Daniels

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Initial Student Impressions and Affinity Towards the Institution, Andrew Doto

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The Recruitment of Sexual Minority Students in Higher Education, Jorge El-Azar

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Factors Influencing Student Major Selection at a Community College, Kellie Jean Keck

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Universal Design: A Student Affairs Perspective, Becca Lynn

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Understanding Mentoring Relationships: The Black Male Graduate Student Perspective, Kwame R. Patterson Jr.

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A Summer Bridge Program's Impact: Social Engagement and the Building of Self-Efficacy, Stephen L. Roach

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Developing the Whole Student: Campus Ministry's Impact on Spiritual Development, Zachary D. Samples

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A Photographic Study on College Student Sense of Belonging, Sean Sheptoski

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Sophomore Student-Athletes' Perceptions of Athletic Academic Support Services, Lindsey Sturm

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Transfer Students' Perceptions of Their Academic Preparedness from Urban Community Colleges to Four-Year Institutions, Jazmine E. Thompson

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A Quantitative Examination of Alcohol Consumption Motivation Between Fraternity and Non-Fraternity Men, Brinton B. Vincent

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First-Generation, Second Year, College Students and Support Gained from Campus Services, Taylor Whittington

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An Exploration of Sense of Belonging Among Black Males Attending a Predominately White Institution, Nicolas T. Wright

Theses from 2015

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Accommodating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Writing Center, Rebekah Barton

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Same-Sex Peer Influence on Female Undergraduate Body Image Perception, Caitlyn Buchanan

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An Analysis of Contextual Conditions As First Year RAs Train In and Implement the Phase One Safe Zone Program, Cameron Carrara

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Examining College Faculty and Staff's Levels of Confidence and Preparedness in Recognizing and Responding to Distressed Students, Rachel L. Chlebanowski

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Comparing Persistence of Upward Transfer and Native Students Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree, Jacob W. Deters

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Contextual Conditions Related to the Undergraduate Experience and the Nature of Alumni Involvement: A Qualitative Study, Kasey G. Evans

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Resident Assistant Training and Students with High Functioning Autism, Tyler Fisher

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The Perception of Black Male Students of Black Faculty/Staff Involvement in Mentorship at a Predominantly White Institution, B. James Griffin Jr.

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Perceptions of Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations Impact on Leadership Development, Sherry Gunn

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Understanding the Development of Sophomore Resident Assistants, Aaron Hollis

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The Art of Voluntelling: Research on Mandated and Altruistic Volunteers, Tyler Kalahar

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College Senior's Utilization of Career Center Services and Career Readiness, Carrie Ann Klaphake

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Factors Influencing Job Satisfaction of Student Employees Within Campus Recreation, Dale P. Kolnitys

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Financial Literacy: Past, Present and Future Impact on College Freshmen, Jennifer Monkman

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An Examination of Self-Esteem's Impact on the Leadership Behaviors of Female Undergraduate Student Leaders, Allison J. Moran

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At-Risk in TRiO: Perceptions of African American Male First-Generation Students, Diana Ogbevire

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Student Perceptions of Academic Advisor Effectiveness and Student Success: Factors That Matter, Madeline R. Owens

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A Comparison of Sorority and Non-Sorority Students' Perceptions Concerning Beliefs and Attitudes About Campus Safety, Victimization, and Personal Safety, Katelyn Raymond