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 2024

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Incarcerated to Educated: The On-Campus Experiences of College Students Post Incarceration, Taylor Comer

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Social Gender Norms and Depression in College Students, Derek Deeney

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The Transition of Music Students into College, Amanda J. Durbin

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The Role of Study Abroad Directors in the Internationalization of Higher Education, Alexandra Tserenova

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Burnout in Resident Assistants of Color, Lily Weaver

Theses from 2023

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The Transition into Higher Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Tj Estabrook

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Fraternal New Member Processes: An Alumni Perspective, C J. Gibson

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Still, We Rise: Experiences of Black Women in Leadership Positions at Predominately White Institutions, Dionne Lipscomb

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Academic Faculty Perceptions of Student-Athletes, Jacob M. Mueller

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Student-Athletes’ Decision-Making Process for Selecting an Academic Major, Gina S. Pearson

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Evaluating the Assessment of Resident Assistant Training, Diego Ulloa

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The Role of Time Perspective in the College Major Selection Process, Anders C. Voss

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Compassion Fatigue Among Resident Assistants at Five Illinois Public Institutions : A Mixed Methods Approach, Téa E. Wheat

Theses from 2022

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Conduct Professionals' Experiences with Student Misconduct and Mental Health, Robyn Bauer

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Student Affairs Professionals as Tempered Radicals: Lessons on Action and Advocacy, Devin A. De Both

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Students’ Reflection of Cross-Cultural Experiences: A Study Abroad Narrative, Alexandra Dudley

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The Influence of Institutional Social Media and College Students' Choice, Anna Fishbein

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Quarantine and Isolation Experiences of College Students: A Narrative, Brooke Gibson

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Hazing Prevention: The Advisor Perspective, Gabby Hiller

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Faculty Perceptions on Working with Students with Learning Disabilities, Ashley Jezik

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The Experiences and Transition of Black Former Student Athletes Through and Out of College, Nyjah Lane

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The Experiences of Professionals of Color at a Predominantly White Institution, Brandy Matthews

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Undocumented Students’ Barriers to Completing Higher Education, Yesenia Muruato

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A Case Study on Illinois Regional Public Universities and the 2015-2017 Budget Impasse, Colin L. Roberts

Theses from 2021

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Listening to Their Voices: A Narrative on Campus Climate for Trans* Students, Cloe Bourdages

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Student Athletes’ Perception of Hazing, Faith Bradbury

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Female Student Service Member’s Experiences with Higher Education and Military Transitions, Sophie Cieslicki

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Preparing for Life After College: The Career Skills Learned by Resident Assistant Alumni, Kala Cousineau

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Is the Customer Always Right? An Exploration into the Expectations of Student Affairs Professionals, Brittany Floyd

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

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The Digital Generation: Exploring the Effects and Creation of Collegiate E-sports Programs, Joshua Gostlin

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How Do I Do This? How Universities Support Students Experiencing Grief, Jackie Hirn

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Feels Like Home: On Campus Housing and Its Effect on Sense of Belonging, Makenzie Joseph

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Student-Centered Learning Spaces During a Pandemic, Rebeccah J. Maley

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The Impact of Mentoring African Americans Males during Their Undergraduate Experience at Predominantly White Institutions, Michael D. Miller

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An Exploration of the Perception of Faith Development at a Midwestern Public Institution, Zachary Sandoval

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Examining the Relationship Between Acculturative Stress and Religion/Spirituality Among International Students, Ly'Jerrick Ward

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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