Research Agenda

Research that Enhances Student Learning and Development

The following peer-refereed journal articles, grants, book chapters, and books have emerged out of the Center. We organize the articles, grants, and books under one of the following categories that the work pertains to the most, even though some works may cross-over into other categories.

Access

Basic Skills
The following research focuses on exploring basic skills inititaives to enhance access for students.

Jeffcoat, K., Weisblat, I., Bresciani, M., Sly, R., Tucker, M. & Cao, L. (In Press). Exploring Alignment of Student Preparedness for and Achievement of Basic Skills. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

Jeffcoat, K., Tucker, M., Bresciani, M., & Herrin, B. Linking Student Enrollment Patterns in Basic Skills courses to Student Success. Under review by the Journal of Developmental Education.

Turner, C. S. V., Wood, J. L., Montoya, Y. J., Essien-Wood, I., Neal, R., Escontrias Jr., G., & Coe, A. (in press). Advancing the next generation of higher education scholars: An examination of one doctoral classroom. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Evidence-Based Decision Making
The following research focuses on exploring how outcomes-based assessment contributes to enhance access for students.

Blaylock, R.S. & Bresciani, M.J. (2011). Exploring the Success of Transfer Programs for Community College Students. [Electronic version] Research & Practice in Assessment, 5(2). p. 43-61 http://virginiaassessment.org/Final_RPA_winter2011.pdf

Bresciani, M.J., Morsi, K., Duncan, A., Tucker, M., Siprut, M., & Stewart, K., (2010). Exploring the Challenges in Designing and Implementing an Assessment Plan for a Virtual Engineering Lab. Eludamos: the Journal for Computer Game Culture, 4(2), p.1-3.

Equity

Leadership Development for Educational Equity
The following research focuses on preparing leaders to advocate for equity in K-12 and community college settings.

Jeffcoat, K. & Piland, B. (Accepted February, 2009).  Anatomy of a
Faculty Diversity Program [Analyzing longitudinal data since the
inception of the San Diego Imperial County Community College
Internship program and implications for practice; accepted for
publication by The Community College Journal of Research and Practice]

Nevarez, C., & Wood, J. L. (in press). A case study framework for community
college leaders. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

Nevarez, C. & Wood, J. L. (2007). Implications and solutions for school leaders
post Los Angeles riots: Improving urban education. Education Studies, 43(3),
266-280. 

Nevarez, C. & Wood, J. L. (2010). Community college leadership and
administration: Theory, practice and change. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Nevarez, C., Wood, J. L., Rose, P. (forthcoming, early 2012). Leadership in the
community college: A case study approach for applying theory to practice.
Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Nevarez, C. & Wood, J. L. (2010). Urban principals’ experiences and
perceptions of teacher effectiveness: An analysis of student achievement, hiring
and retention, and school culture. Journal of Transformative Leadership and
Policy Studies 1(1), 15-26.

Wood, J. L. & Hilton, A. A. (Under Review). Ethical paradigms for community college leaders: Toward constructing and considering alternative courses of action in ethical decision making. Community College Review.

Experiences of Faculty of Color
The following research focuses on creating equity for faculty of color in academe.

Turner, C. S. V., Gonzalez, J. C., & Wood, J. L. (2008). Faculty of color in
academe: What 20 years of literature tells us. Journal of Diversity in Higher
Education, 1(3), 139-168.

Wood, J. L. (2008) Ethical dilemmas in African-American faculty representation.
Journal of Education Policy. Retrievable from:
https://www4.nau.edu/cee/jep/journalterms.aspx?term=1&year=2008

Wood, J. L., Nevarez, C., & Hilton, A. A. (Under Review). Faculty of color: An
analysis of service in the Arizona public university system. Journal of the
Professoriate.

 

Student Success

Black Males in the Community College
The following research focuses on investigating factors relevant to the academic success of Black male in community colleges.

Wood, J. L. (accepted for publication). Apprehension to engagement in the
classroom: Perceptions of Black males in the community college. Journal of
Men’s Studies.

Wood, J. L., Hilton, A. A., & Hicks, T. (in press). Motivational factors for
academic success: Perspectives of African American males in the community
College. International Journal of Africana Studies.

Wood, J. L. & Hilton, A. A. (in press). Spirituality and academic success:
Perceptions of African American males in the community college. Religion &
Education.

Wood, J. L. (2011). Leaving the two-year college: Predictors of Black male
collegian departure. The Journal of Black Studies. doi:
1177/0021934711424490.

Wood, J. L., Hilton, A. A., & Lewis. C. (2011). Black male collegians in public
two-year colleges: Student perspectives on the effect of employment on
academic success. National Association of Student Affairs Professionals
Journal, 14(1), 97-110.

Wood, J. L. & Turner, C. S. V. (2011). Black males and the community college:
Student perspectives on faculty and academic success. Community College
Journal of Research & Practice, 35, 1-17.

Wood, J. L. (Under Review). Persistence factors for Black males in the
community college: An examination of background, academic, social, and
environmental variables. Journal of Applied Research in the Community
College.

Wood, J. L. (Under Review). Examining Academic Variables Effecting the
Persistence of Black Male Collegians: A Focus on Performance and
Integration in the Two-Year College. Race Ethnicity and Education.

Wood, J. L. (Under Review). The same…but different: Examining background
characteristics among Black males in public two year colleges. Journal of
Negro Education.

Wood, J. L. (Under Review). Black Males’ Perceptions of the Work-College
Balance: The Affect of Employment on Academic Success in the Community
College. Journal of Higher Education.

Wood, J. L., & Palmer, R. T. (Under Review). Academic achievement and the
community college: Perspectives of Black male students on the importance of
‘focus’. Journal of College Student Affairs.

Wood, J. L. & Hilton, A. A. (in press). Enhancing success in the community
college: Recommendations from African American male students. In T. Hicks &
Pitre (Eds.), Research studies in higher education: Educating multicultural
college students. (pp. 67-83). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Wood, J. L. (2011, August 5). Laying the groundwork - Black male programs and
initiatives in community colleges. Community College Times.

Wood, J. L. (2011, October 13). Falling through the cracks – An early warning
system can help Black males on the community college campus. Diverse Issues in
Higher Education.

Wood, J. L. (in press). From the right to fail to the right to succeed: Faculty
interactions with Black males in community colleges. About Campus, 17(1).

Wood, J. L., & Hilton, A. A. (in press). A meta-synthesis of literature on Black
males in the community college: An overview on nearly forty years of policy
recommendations. In A. A. Hilton, J. L. Wood, & C. W. Lewis (Eds.), Black
Males in postsecondary education: Examining their experiences in diverse
institutional contexts. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Wood, J. L., & Vasquez Urias, M. (Under Review). Black male graduation rates
in two-year degree-granting institutions: Do institutional characteristics
make a difference? Western Journal of Black Studies.

HBCUs and Student Success
The following research focuses on investigating factors relevant to the success of students in historically Black colleges and universities

Palmer, R. & Wood, J. L. (Eds.). (2011). Black men in college: Implications for HBCU’s and beyond. New York, NY: Routledge.

Palmer, R. T., & Wood, J. L. (in press). Setting the foundation for Black men in colleges: Implications for diversity, recruitment, support, and retention In R. T. Palmer & J. L. Wood (Eds.), Black men in college: Implications for HBCUs and beyond. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Wood, J. L., & Palmer, R. T. (in press). Innovative initiatives and recommendations for practice and future research: Enhancing the status of Black Men at HBCUs and beyond. In R. T. Palmer & J. L. Wood (Eds.),Black men in college. Implications for diversity, recruitment, support, and retention. New York, NY: Routledge.

Essien, I. & Wood, J. L. (in press). Academic and social integration for Students of Color in STEM: Examining differences between HBCU’s and non-HBCUs. In Maramba, D., Gasman, M. B. & Palmer, R. T. (Eds.), Lessons learned from Minority Serving Institutions: Academic achievement for racial and ethnic minorities in STEM. New York, NY: Routledge.

Facilitating Transfer Success
The following research focuses on investigating factors transfer success for community college students

Wood, J. L., Nevarez, C.., & Hilton, A. A. (in press). Determinants of transfer
among community college students. Journal of Applied Research in the
Community College.

Wood, J. L., Nevarez, C., & Hilton, A. A. (2011). Creating a culture of transfer in
the community college: Recommendations for addressing the ‘Community
College Achievement Gap’. Making Connections.

Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Professionals
The following research focuses on exploring what the professional standards and competency areas should be for student affairs professionals in order to enhance student learning and development initiatives.

Swen, A., Hoffman, J., Anan, P., Brown, K., Vong, L., Bresciani, M.J., Monzon, R., & Hickmott, J. (In Press). Comparison of Senior Student Affairs Officer and Student Affairs Preparatory Program Faculty Expectations of Entry-level Professionals’ Competencies. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Hoffman, J. &Bresciani, M.J. (In Press). Identifying what Student Affairs Professionals Value: An Analysis of Professional Job Competencies Listed in Job Descriptions. [Electronic version] Research & Practice in Assessment.

Weiner, L., Bresciani, M.J., Oyler, J., & Felix, E (2011). Developing and Implementing Professional Standards for Student Affairs Practitioners. Journal of Student Affairs,20, p.86-93.

Evidence-Based Decision Making
The following research focuses on exploring how outcomes-based assessment contributes to enhanced student learning and development initiatives.

Weiner, L. & Bresciani, M.J. (In Press). Exploring the Implementation of Characteristics of Quality Service-Learning Programs. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

Weiner, L. & Bresciani, M.J. (2011). Exploring if Systematic Outcomes-Based Assessment is Necessary to Identify Quality Programming. [Electronic version] Research & Practice in Assessment, 5(1), p.38-49.

Bresciani, M. J. (2011). Challenges in the Implementation of Outcomes-Based Assessment Program Review in a California Community College District. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 35. 855-876.

Bresciani, M. J. (2011). Exploring why Outcomes-Based Assessment is not Pervasive: A Grounded Theory Analysis. [Electronic version] Research & Practice in Assessment, 5(1) p. 5-26.

Hoffman, J.L., & Bresciani, M.J. (2010). Assessment Work: An Exploratory Study of Assessment-Related Job Requirements and Skills in Student Affairs. [Electronic version] NASPA Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 47(4), 27-36.

Bresciani, M. J. (2010). Understanding barriers to student affairs professionals’ engagement in outcomes-based assessment of student learning and development. Journal of Student Affairs, 14, p. 81-90.

Bresciani, M. J., Oakleaf, M., Kolkhorst, F., Nebeker, C., Duncan, K., Barlow, J., & Hickmott, J. (2009). Examining Inter-Rater Reliability for a Research Methodology Rubric. [Electronic version] Practical Assessment, Research, & Evaluation, 14(13A),1-7.

Bresciani, M. J. (2009). Evaluating the Efficiency, Effectiveness and Sustainability of Outcomes-Based Program Review. [Electronic version] The Journal of Faculty Development, 23(1), 30-39.

Bresciani, M .J., Griffiths, J. H., & Rust, J. P. (2009). Assessment at North Carolina State University: Adapting to Change in the Workplace. [Electronic version] Research & Practice in Assessment, 3(1).

Bresciani, M. J. (2008). Implementing an Outcomes-Based Assessment Process in a Major Metropolitan Community College District. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 32(12), 970-984.

Bresciani, M. J. (2006). Quality assurance: An important component of leadership. The Journal of National Academy of Education Administration, 97(1), 47-50.

Bresciani, M.J. & Hemphill, B. (In Press). Assessment and Evaluation. In Patton, L.D. & Harris, F. Association of the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Reader on College Student Affairs Administration, 3rd Edition. ASHE: Las Vegas, NV.

Bresciani, M.J., (2010). Data-Driven Planning. In Ellis, S. (Ed.), New Directions in Student Services, 132. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Bresciani, M.J. (In Press). Developing Outcomes. In Timm, D.M., Barham, J., McKinney, K., & Knerr, A. (Eds.), Best practices in assessment: A companion guide to the ASK standards. ACPA: Washington D.C.

Bresciani, M.J. (In Press). Changing Roles and Responsibilities in Student Affairs Research and Assessment. In Kuk, L & Tull, A. (Eds). New Realities: Emerging Specialist Roles and Structures in Student Affairs Organizations. Sterling VA: Stylus Publishing.

Bresciani, M. J. (2010). Promoting reflection in the discipline through writing. In Flateby, T. (Ed.) Improving student writing and thinking through assessment. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Bresciani, M. J. (2009). How to Use this Book. In Bresciani, M. J., Gardner, M. M., & Hickmott, J. (Ed.). Case studies in assessing student success. New Directions for Student Services, 127. Boston, MA: Jossey-Bass.

Bresciani, M. J. (2010). Assessment and Evaluation. Chapter for Schuh, J. Jones, S., and Harper, S. (Eds). Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession. Boston, MA: Jossey-Bass.

Bresciani, M. J. (2009). An introduction to outcomes-based assessment:
A comparison of approaches. In G. McClellan & J. Stringer (Eds.), Handbook for Student Affairs Administration, 3rd edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Bresciani, M. J., Gardner, M. M., & Hickmott, J. (Ed.). (2009). Case studies in assessing student success. New Directions for Student Services, 127. Boston, MA: Jossey-Bass.

Bresciani, M. J. (Ed.). (2007). Good practice case studies for assessing student learning in general education. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing.

Bresciani, M. J. (2006). Outcomes-based academic and co-curricular program review: A compilation of institutional good practices. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Global Competencies
The following research focuses on global competencies that contribute to enhanced student learning and development initiatives.

Bresciani, M. J. (2008). Global Competencies in Student Affairs/Services Professionals: A Literature Synthesis. [Electronic version] College Student Journal, 42(3), 906 – 920.

Bresciani, M. J. (2008). Exploring misunderstanding in collaborative research between a world power and a developing country. [Electronic version] Research & Practice in Assessment, 2(1).

Freeman, J. P., Hall, E. E., & Bresciani, M. J. (2007). What leads students to have thoughts, talk to someone about, and take steps to leave their institution? [Electronic version] College Student Journal, 41(4), 755-771.

Well-Being
The following research focuses on examining aspects of well-being that contribute to enhanced student learning and development initiatives.

Bresciani, M.J., Duncan, A.J., & Cao, L. (2010). Embracing the Ambiguity:Twelve Considerations for Holistic Time Management. About Campus, 15(5), 8-12.

Wood, J. L., & Palmer, R. T. (Under Review). Understanding the personal
goals of Black male community college students: Facilitating academic
and psychosocial development. Teachers College Record.

Wood, J. L. & Hilton, A. A. (in press). Moral choices: Towards a conceptual model of Black male moral development (BMMD). In C. M. Ellis & J. Carlson (Eds.), Resiliency, achievement, and manhood: Promoting the healthy development of African American men. New York, NY: Routledge.

Other

Garcia, E. E., Öztürk, M. D., & Wood, J. L. (2009). The critical condition of Hispanic education in Arizona. Tempe, AZ: Office of the Vice President of Education Partnership, Arizona State University.

Hilton, A. A., Gasman, M. B., & Wood, J. L. (Under Review). The impact of the One Florida Initiative on Florida law schools: A critical race theory analysis. Equity and Excellence in Education Journal.

 

Funded Research Grants for Marilee J. Bresciani

2011- 2013 National Science Foundation, $500,000 over three years to evaluate student leanring in the grant entitiled. Science Master’s Program: Integrating Regulatory Affairs in Bioscience and Biomedical Physics: A Scalable, Replicable Model Addressing Current and Emerging Workforce Needs. . Program Evaluator for Usha Sinha.

2010-2012 - Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education Grant EU- ATLANTIS PROGRAM, 180,000 over five years to evaluate student learning in the grant entitled, Excellence in Mobility Project. Program evaluator for Teresa Donohue.

2010 – Private Consortium grant, $5,000 in 5 months to fund the study entitled Identifying the Needs in an Educated Workforce for the Emerging Green Economy Clusters in Contra Costa County: Projections for 2020. Collaboration with Irina Weisblat and Cyd Jenefsky.

2009-12 – Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education Grant, $500,00 over three years to evaluate student learning in the grant entitled, Professional Science Masters in Medical Physics: Partnering for Success. Program Evaluator for Usha Sinha.

2009-11 – National Science Foundation Advance Grant, $100,000 over two years to evaluate the student learning portion of the grant entitled, Accessibility of Materials Laboratory Experience for Engineering Undergraduates. One of three Co-PIs, along with PI, Khaled Morsi.

2009-10 - National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Research Grant; $3,000 to fund graduate students, Lauren Weiner and Eric Felix, on a document analysis for expected professional standards and learning outcomes for student affairs’ professionals.

2008-09 - National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Research Grant; $300 to fund graduate students, Theresa Garcia, Jerome Budomo, Karina Martinez, and Angeline Yang with a grounded theory study of parental influence in Mexican American and Filipino American students’ academic success.

2007-08 - National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Research Grant; $2,990 to fund graduate assistant, Jessica Hickmott and a grounded theory study of student learning outcomes in student affairs graduate preparation programs, Principal Investigator.

2006-07 - San Diego State University College of Education Inquiry Grant; $1,500 to assist in the study, testing the Predictability of Multi-Variable Admissions Criteria on Program Learning Outcomes, Principal Investigator.