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Dissertations/Capstones from 2022

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Why Students Choose a Small Rural State-Owned Institution of Higher Education, Emmalyn Myra Borst Conti

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Let’s Talk About Trust: Exploring the Importance of Communication in Building and Maintaining Public Trust in Local Government, Amanda M. Cantlin

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Collaborating in Crisis: A Case Study on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Georgia Pre-Kindergarten Program Providers, Arlene Charles

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Community Bonding for Ex-Offenders: The Importance of Recreational Social Activities on the Post-Incarceration reentry Process, Mfon-Obong Edet

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Assessment Limitations and the Disparate Impact of Tax Policy on Minoritized Communities, Michael Fouassier

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Pennsylvania Game Commission's Public Management of the PA Common Pool Resource White-Tailed Deer Herd, Matthew Frankel

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Morbid Curiosity: Exploring the Ethics of Dark Tourism, Kristina Garlick

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Evaluability of Community Dispute Resolution Programs: Effecting Change or Maintaining the Status Quo?, Rebecca Gourde

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Impact of Departmental Procedural Fairness on Officer Psychological Well-Being and Engagement in Organizational Citizenship Behaviors, Jennifer Mehnert

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Homelessness in Late Life: An exploration of the lived experience, Danielle Palmisano

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Sparking Debate: Private or Public? The Effect of Ownership on Electric Utility Performance, Joseph Pazzalia

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A Comprehensive Analysis of the Pennsylvania Wine Industry with Actionable Recommendations for Industry Improvement and Growth, Seth Porter

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Understanding Factors Impacting Volunteer Firefighters' Work, Family, and Volunteer Balance to Serve, Christopher Schultz

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The Pandemic Dilemma: A Mixed-Methods Study of Student-Centered Science Education in the COVID-19 Pandemic, Jennifer Slavick

Dissertations/Capstones from 2021

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The Perception of International Students Toward Programs and Support Services Offered by Higher Education Institutions in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States, Charity Alinda

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The Impact of Grant Administration and Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations, Dammy Bamisile

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Organizational Resilience of Cultural Institutions in the Time of COVID-19, Danielle Boyce

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Drinking Water Affordability in Georgia. Are Water Rates Affordable in Georgia and is Infrastructure Investment Influencing Rates?, Guyer Boyle

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Mental Health Effects of Maternal Substance Abuse Policymaking: Finding a Solution, SARAH FOSTER

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Impact of Online Education on Student Success Outcomes and Institutional Effectiveness: Study of Florida State University System, Maria Graham

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Federal employee views across administrations: An examination of the 2010 Obama and 2018 Trump leadership capital and the perceptions of the agency employees, Dimple Sunayna Johnson

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Due Process in Academic & Student Misconduct at Community Colleges: An Analysis of Policies, Practices, and Standards through the Lens of Principal-Agent Theory, Erin Logan

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Examining the Implementation Fidelity of a Police Field Training Officer Program: A Program Evaluation Perspective: A Mixed Methods Approach., Yale Y. Margolis

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Pioneers or Profiteers? Examining Pennsylvania's Cyber Charter Landscape Through the Lens of Principal-Agent Theory, Greg Mayle

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Spatial Disparities in Access to Veterinary Care: Problems, Politics & Policies, Sue Neal

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State Government’s Impact on Campus Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Students, Tori Nuccio

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Policies & Services Mitigating Gender-Based Violence (GBV): Perceptions of African Immigrant Women in the Northeastern, U.S., & Empowering Their Human Rights., Chinenye Nwoke

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The Factors Influencing Hazard Mitigation Governance, Kyle Overly

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False Confession in Wrongful Convictions and the Effect of Recording Custodial Interrogations Through Exoneration, Nana F. Owusu

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Local Governmental Structures And Its Effects On Public Services, Quiana Pettiford

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Assessing and Measuring the Fiscal Health of Local Governments: A Focus on Pennsylvania Municipalities, Rosa Quintana

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The Benefits of Evidence Based Practices in Public Administration: Does Therapeutic Listening Training Increase Emotional Intelligence to Affect Change Management Outcomes in Public and Private Sector Organizations, John Sillup

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Mental Health Issues Development in Law Enforcement Officers and Its Impact on Law Enforcement Agencies: The Need for Policies Focused on Law Enforcement Officers Mental Stability, Joseph A Sorgini

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Avengers Disassemble! How Varying Views on Public Administration Dismantled the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tynslei Spence-Mitchell

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From Networks of Necessity to the New Normal: How Collaboration and Networks Can Provide Efficient and Equitable Service Delivery in Rural Maryland Counties, Robert Willoughby

Dissertations/Capstones from 2020

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Federal Health Reform: Breast Cancer Outcomes, Nia Imani Bailey

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The Impact of Training and Development on Employees in the Northeast Region of Florida State Government: An Evaluation of The Northeast Region Professional Development Training Program, Sandy Beaumont

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Data-Driven Decision-Making: An Analysis of Needs Assessment Methodology in Northwestern Pennsylvania Nonprofit Organizations, Jason Brady

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Rural Veterans of Texas and Their Accessibility to Mental Health Care Services, Jeremy Buchanan

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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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Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education & Perceived Administrative Biases in Funding Review Processes, Emily Devereux

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The Association Between the Products of Alternative Financial Services Providers and the Unbanked in the Era of Banking Deregulation, Dianna Dixon

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

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Using Input from Landlords Participating in the Dothan Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) to Streamline Operations and Increase Retention, Michael C. Threatt

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Skilled Trade Education in America, Brent Tracy

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Municipal Fiscal Distress in Pennsylvania: Assessing the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act 47 of 1987, Terry Tracy

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Fare Free Public Transportation Bus Systems: An Examination of Funding Strategies to Replace Passenger Fare Collection, Amy VanGuilder

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

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

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

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

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

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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