Volume 6, Issue 1 (2023)


We are excited about this year’s Journal. The scope of the topics covered this year are as varied as our readers. We believe this year’s Journal will broaden your horizons and challenge the thinking our audience. This year represents the sixth volume, and we know readers will be edified by the articles herein. As researchers, practitioners, and advocates for students, we must continue to learn, grow, and deepen our understanding of students’ experiences. Sometimes, what gets lost in our efforts to support students is our ignorance to how faculty are impacted. Thus, supporting students means that we must support our faculty and staff.

This year’s Journal includes topics such as diversity, online learning, mathematics education and a faculty member’s experience managing the demands of administrative decision making and student success. We are confident that readers will find the offerings in this volume to be helpful and informative.




Online Orientation Course: A Predictor of New Student Persistence and Academic Success
Manicone A. Hailey Ed.D., Dwayne Melton D.B.A., and Brian Yates Ed.D.


Mathematics Stories: Mirrors and Windows
Tonya DeGeorge and Katherine Pinzon


Impacts of Embedding Diversity and Inclusion Training into First-Year Experience Curriculum
Michael Holik Ed.D., Whitney Katirai Ed.D., and Matin Katirai Ph.D.


John B. Craig, Ed.D.

Editorial Board

Francis Atuahene, Ph.D.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Chuck Baker, Ph.D.
Delaware County Community College

Marie Bunner, Ed.D. 
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Michael Burns, Ph.D. 
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth McCloud 
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

Ilknur Sancak-Marusa 
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Calley Stevens Taylor, Ph.D. 
Cedar Crest College

Ontario Wooden, Ph.D. 
Alcorn State University

Juanita Wooten, Ed.D. 
West Chester University of Pennsylvania