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How the Army Hispanic Access Initiative is helping Hispanic students graduate from college

The United States (U.S.) Army and the nation have a growing population of Hispanics. Yet Hispanics are still lagging in filling white-collar positions in the U.S. and Army. The Army has taken notice and implemented the Hispanic Access Initiative (HAI) through its Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at ... more

The servant leadership of Nelson Mandela: a case study

A relatively new construct of leadership, known as servant leadership, has begun to appear with greater frequency within the body of leadership literature and is based on the idea of leader as first and foremost a servant. Greenleaf (2003) describes the servant leader as one who possesses a natural desire ... more

A profile of the chief student affairs officers of the California State University system

The purpose of this quantitative study was to establish a current profile of the chief student affairs officers (CSAOs) of the 23 campuses that comprise the California State University (CSU) system. This study provides descriptive data on CSAO (a) demographics and characteristics; (b) roles; (c) functions; (d) career patterns; and ... more

Practices that promote parent engagement in an urban elementary school: a phenomenological study of Latino parents of English language learners

From 2007-2012 at Hubble Elementary School, located in Southern California, there has been a consistent population of approximately 50% English Language Learners (ELLs). Parents of the ELL students present a challenge because schools have a hard time engaging them in school activities and in the decision-making processes. The purpose of this ... more

AVID leadership: a skills approach to transformational change

This quantitative study investigated a cross population of active Elementary Leaders (Kindergarten-8th grade) of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Center, a non-profit international educational organization. This dissertation's primary purpose was to explore the phenomenon of AVID Leadership as it related to individual's perspectives of their leadership traits. After attending skills-based ... more

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