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Undergraduate Research

Charter Schools at an Impasse: Evaluating America’s Charter School System

Author: Katie Pope
Category: Political Science

Through an analysis of resources from the State Departments of Education and state education codes, I argue that levels of state regulation of charter schools differ in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and New York. Specifically, I demonstrate that this regulation can be classified as low, moderate, or high, depending on ... more

Kulia I ka Pono: The Relationship Between Economic Development and Native Hawaiian Culture

Author: Makana Elaban
Category: Political Science

Rhetoric of Conflict Towards A Schmittian Understanding of the Public Sphere

Author: Colin Kubacki
Category: Political Science

“Don’t Cry for Me, International Monetary Fund” How Politicians Sold or Rebuked IMF-Loan Conditions in the 2019 Argentine Presidential Election

Author: Chase Manson
Category: Political Science

This paper examines how politicians sell International Monetary Fund (IMF)-mandated economic reforms as a long term solution to constituents. IMF loans are difficult for citizens in the short term, and Argentina’s 2019 presidential election provides a natural experiment to examine how politicians get voters to accept short term costs for ... more

Surviving a Batterer: An Ideal Policy Approach to Combating Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Author: Samantha Molisee-Sherman
Category: Political Science

Gender violence has plagued developed and developing societies for centuries, embedded in culture, structures, and ways of life. Women have been seen as pieces of property with no autonomy or individualism, just as extensions of their husbands. My research centers around finding an ideal policy solution to diminish rates of ... more


Graduate Research

A national study of internship directors' perspectives on psychological assessment practices

This study examined the perspectives of a national sample of pre-doctoral internship directors regarding psychological testing and assessment practices at the internship level. Study participants were from member programs of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The study's goals were to better understand the current state of ... more

Competency-based education systems: are they effective?

The purpose of this preliminary study was to assess the effectiveness of the competency-based education systems in order to aid teachers, administrators, and policy/law makers in their evaluation of competency-based education systems. It was a quasi-experimental nonequivalent group design study that used quantitative data to compare competency-based schools to ... more

The nature of E-rate policy and change, application process, and funding: influence on e-rate usage and technology over two decades

The purpose of this case study was to develop a comprehensive understanding of the real-world issues encountered by applicants attempting to realize opportunities available through the E-rate program. With multiple changes in the E-rate program spanning nearly two decades, it is necessary to understand what E-rate applicants have experienced, and ... more

Best practices of women leaders in the public sector

Objective: This study sought to determine the best practices of women leaders in the public sector. Methods: This phenomenological study used purposive sampling to identify women leaders and used the interview protocol. Researcher interviewed 8 women leaders from City, State, County, and higher education agencies. Researcher used public open source ... more

The perceived appeal, challenge, and learning choice for gifted and talented students in advanced placement mathematics courses

The Advanced Placement program has undergone many changes since its post Sputnik surge when it was designed to accelerate learners. The number of students enrolled in AP courses has swelled, demographics of participants have diversified, and course curriculums and designs have altered. The homogenous Ivy League bound population of gifted ... more