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Dissertations/Capstones from 2020

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Patient Satisfaction with Nurse Versus Non-Nurse Post-Discharge Outreach, Iyore Adonri

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Every Drop Counts: Quantifying Blood Loss Can Lead to Early Detection and Intervention for Postpartum Hemorrhage, Christina Bouikidis

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Antimicrobial Stewardship in an Urgent-Primary Care Clinic, Jian Connell

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Study Abroad and Liminality: Examining U.S. American Collegiate Undergraduate Student Engagement in Risky Behaviors Betwixt and Between Borders, Jill L. Creighton

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United States Department of Defense Acquisition of Leading-Edge Information Technology Services and the Impact of Public Market Research on Efficiency and Effectiveness, Thomas Denning

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Negotiating Difference: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Writing Center Interactions Between Peer Tutors and Multilingual Tutees, Lisa DiMaio

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Moments of Reflection: A Phenomenological Study of Preservice Teacher Reflection, Jane Ferris

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Professional Learning Communities in an Elementary School: Teacher Perceptions, Implementation, and Impacts, Michael Garvin

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Evidence-Based Policy and Misinformation: Exploring the Public’s Processing of Information, Amy E. Hann

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Promoting social equity: The role of social capital on education outcomes among young adults with a history of foster care and special education., Shone Hughes

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Creating Project-Based Math Curricula: A Narrative Inquiry, Marcie Hull

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An Exploration of Teachers' Experiences with the Completion of Behavior Rating Scales for Their Students with ADHD, Amy Jenkins

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“Being Yourself”: Self-Determination at a Summer Sports Camp for Youth with Visual Impairments, Maria Lepore-Stevens

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Development of Intercultural Competence and Cultural Empathy in High School Students Participating in a Short-Term Study Abroad Exchange, Jeffrey Mapes

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Creating Restful Environments: Applying Evidenced-Based Interventions to Increase the Patients Perceptions of Room Quietness at Night, Timothy Marks

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More Than A Score: The Test-Optional Movement in Higher Education, Lisa Montgomery

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Enhancing Patient Portal Usage, Patricia Pawling

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Prehospital Use of Cuffed Endotracheal Tubes in Pediatric Patients: Thematic Analysis of Barriers to Practice Change., Thomas E. Pearson

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Initiating a Collaborative Cybersecurity Governance Framework at the State Level, Autum C. Pylant

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Reframing Professional Learning to Analyze Teacher Practice and Promote System-Wide Change, Jennifer Smerecky

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Evaluating the Implementation of a Risk Screening Tool to Decrease the Incidence of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting, Lauren E. Stoltzfus

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Heart Failure Self-Care At Home, Dinah Warren

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The Blind Spots: The importance of measuring non-academic indicators that are critical to producing positive outcomes specifically for youth who are living in adverse conditions, Orrin White

Dissertations/Capstones from 2019

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An Analysis of Complaints against Police in Philadelphia: A Case for Social Equity and Collaborative Governance in Police Reform, Jacqueline Bailey-Davis

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Year-Round Community Supported Agriculture: A View from an Advocacy Coalition Framework Perspective, Kelly A. Baker

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The ABCDE Bundle : A QI Tool to Reduce the ICU Stay, Cynthia Bembry-Weiser

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The Value of Backyard Chickens in Reducing Municipal Solid Waste, Maureen Breen

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A Primary Care Weight Loss Program with an Intensive Behavioral Therapy including Diet and Exercise Education, Karen Detweiler

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A Behavior-Focused Assessment of Hand Hygiene Practice and Associated Factors Among Students at an Upper Elementary School in Pennsylvania, Roseline Ekuta

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An Examination of Federal Discretionary Grant Sustainability in Rural Public School Districts, Autumn L. Grooms

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Emotional Intelligence and Secondary Traumatic Stress Experiences of Trial Court Judges, Jody Jacobetz Huber

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Hospital Readmission Reduction Through Pulmonary Rehabilitation, James Johnson

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Implementation of a Team-Based Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Program, Michelle Keating-Sibel

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Women’s Political Empowerment and the Nonprofit Subsectors of Education, Human Services, and Public/Societal Benefit, Lorin McKnight Mayo

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Failure to Launch: An exploratory study of the impact of the Workforce Investment Act on transition to adulthood among low income youth, Louise McLoughlin

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Capability and Gap Assessments: Influence on Emergency Management Programs, Kelly Myers

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Social Construction of Giftedness in the National Defense Education Act of 1958, Chad Phillips

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Guided by Faith? Comparing Faith-based and Secular Nonprofits’ Planning Practices, Jeremy Raff

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FluFIT Program, Shannon Romano

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Preservice Training for a Treatment Home Program in New Jersey, Jina Saint-Elien

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Pennsylvania School Resource Officers as Mentor/Counselors, Including Levels of Intervention, Beth Sanborn

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Implementation of Fall T.I.P.S. (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety) will decrease the number of falls that occur on the Acute Care Unit at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Tracey Schoen and Tracey Schoen

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A Study of Dual Credit Program Policies in the Rio Grande Valley, Zachary Suarez

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Comparing Compensation: Shared Occupations of Government and Private Industry, Catherine Sykes

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Using Predictive Modeling toward Increasing Alumni Giving at a Public University, Susan Vanscovich

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Taxation Through Criminalization: The Relationship Between Revenue Derived From Law Enforcement and Municipal Budget Allocations for Police Services, Anthony Whitmore

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Fitting into the Bigger Picture: Community Engagement Efforts among Community Nonprofit Organizations and Institutions of Higher Education through the Perspectives of Nonprofits, Jamie Williams

Dissertations/Capstones from 2018

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A Phenomenological Study: The Lived Experiences of Teen Mothers Who Graduated from High School and Desired to Enroll in Post-secondary Educational Institutions, Yolanda Allen

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The Effect of Lavender on Emotional Well-Being, Jean Byrd

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Developing Comprehension through Read 180: A Study of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities, Donna Cavaliere

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The Affordable Housing Crisis in Charleston, South Carolina: A Case for Collaborative Governance, Thomas Cook

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Time to Meet: The Value of Common Planning Time for Middle School Teachers and Paraprofessionals, Shawn Cruice

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The Effects of a Prescribed Executive Functioning Skills Curriculum on the Acquisition and Generalization of Engaged Listening and Organization of 8th Grade Students with Executive Functioning Deficits, Phillip Dakes

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Terrorism: Is it a mechanism of change according to the Punctuated Equilibrium Theory?, Joseph M. Dilley Jr.

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Co-teaching in a Professional Development School Partnership: Case Studies Tell the Story, Rebecca Eberly

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Growth Mindset in Elementary Physical Education: Fifth-Grade Student Perspectives, Timothy Fink

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Identifying Predictive Factors of Terminal Agitation in Hospice Patients: A Retrospective Study, Rynda Ganster

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University Economic and Social Engagement: Comparing Practices at PWIs and HBCUs, Jennifer B. Harris

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Evaluating a Practice Change Initiative to Promote Early Skin-to-Skin Contact After Cesarean Birth, Michelle Kensey

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Exploring the Impacts between Residing in a Civic Engagement and Political Science Living-Learning Community and an Undergraduate Student’s Knowledge of, Attitudes Toward, and Participation in Civic Engagement., Justin Kleemook

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Defining Academic Success: A Quantitative Study of High-Impact Activities Contributing to the Success of At-Risk Students, Courtney Lloyd

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Student Success as a Public Management Tool: Gauging the Impact of Student Success as a Funding Metric, Darrell Lovell

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The Participation Gap: A Mixed Methods Study of Racial Inequalities in Extracurricular Activities in a Predominantly White School District, Chris Lunardi

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An Analysis of Trends Across Variables in Placement and Referral Decisions for Students Placed in a Center-Based Emotional Support Program, Donald Mangan

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Encouraging Collaboration: The Effects of Collaborative High-Impact Practices on At-Risk Student Success, Gerardina Martin

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A State Assessment of Trauma Providers Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain, Amanda McNicholas

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An Assessment of Self-Care of Heart Failure in Patients Experiencing Hospital Readmission or Observation Stay, Rebecca Mountain

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Teacher Practices, Perceptions, and Rationale Surrounding Homework, Jamie Mozzone

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Parental Involvement in Their Child's Individualized Education Program Process and Student Progress as Measured by Reading Fluency – A Correlational Analysis, Christine Murrin

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Heritage Language Maintenance: The Experience of Fifth-Grade Students with Formal Academic Spanish Language Instruction, Natalie Ortega-Moran

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Middle School Teacher Attributes That Foster Engagement, Adam Penning

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Increased Access to Academic Advising: A Program Evaluation, Dawn J. Renta

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Feminism and Critical Literacy in an All-Boys School, Cara Saraco

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The Impact of Peer Mentoring on Undergraduate Music Major Mentee Self-Efficacy and Retention, Ralph Sorrentino

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The Effect of Community Partnerships on Title I Public Schools in Low Income Communities, Morris Thompson

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The Impact of Poverty on Educational Outcomes, Brian Ulmer

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Improving Condom Use in Undergraduate College Students, Samantha Wesner

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Leading Instructional Change with Technology: A Multiple Case Study, Nora Wheeler