Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award Winners

The Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award celebrates the scholarly papers presented at the AIR annual conference (Forum) that best exemplify the standards of excellence established by the award’s namesake and that make significant contributions to the field of IR. The purpose of the award is to promote scholarship and to acknowledge that AIR members make a wide variety of scholarly contributions to the field, ranging from theory to practice.

2015 Charles F. Elton Best Papers

A house divided? Examining persistence for on-campus STEM and non-STEM students
Ann Gansemer-Topf, Iowa State University
Aurelia Kollasch, Iowa State University
Jie Sun, Southern Methodist University

Gansemer-Topf, AM., Kollasch, AK., & Sun, J. (2015). A house divided? Examining persistence for on-campus STEM and non-STEM students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, doi:1521025115611671, first published on October 26, 2015.

Managing Resources and Relations in Higher Education Institutions: A Framework for Understanding Performance Improvement
Shihuei Ho, University of Taipei
Yao-Ping Peng, Hsuan Chuang University

Ho, Sophia Shi-Huei, & Peng, Michael Yao-Ping (2015). Managing Resources and Relations in Higher Education Institutions: A Framework for Understanding Performance Improvement. Educational Sciences: Theory & Practice, doi:10.12738/estp.2016.1.0185, Vol: 16(1).

Are student loan default rates linked to institutional effectiveness
Terry Ishitani, University of Tennessee
Sean McKitrick, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Ishitani, T.T., & McKitrick, S.A. (2016) Are student loan default rates linked to institutional effectiveness? Journal of Student Financial Aid: Vol. 46: Iss. 1, Article 3.

Choice of academic major at a public research university: The role of gender and self-efficacy
Iryna Johnson, Auburn University
William Brian Muse, Columbus State University

Johnson, I.Y., Muse, W.B. (2016). Choice of academic major at a public research university: The role of gender and self-efficacy. Research in Higher Education.

Does Taking Developmental Courses Improve Two-Year College Student Success?
Julie Noble, ACT, Inc.

Noble, J. (2016). Does Taking Developmental Courses Improve Two-Year College Student Success? ACT Research Report 16-1. Iowa City: ACT. Inc.

Healthy university work culture, decision-making and communication leadership skills
Afolakemi Oredein, Lead City University

Oredein, A.O. (2016). Healthy university work culture, decision-making and communication leadership skills. Journal of Global Research in Education & Social Science, Vol. 6(2).

Coupling Admissions and Curricular Data to Predict Medical Student Outcomes
Diana B. Sesate, Arizona State University-Tempe
Jeffrey F. Milem, University of California, Santa Barbara
Kadian L. McIntosh, University of Arizona
W. Patrick Bryan, University of Arizona

Sesate, D. B., Milem, J. F., McIntosh, K. L., & Bryan, W. P. (2016) Coupling Admissions and Curricular Data to Predict Medical Student Outcomes. Research in Higher Education, 1-18. doi:10.1007/s11162-016-9426-y.

 

 

Course-Taking Patterns of Community College Students Beginning in STEM: Using Data Mining Techniques to Reveal Viable STEM Transfer Pathways
Xueli Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wang, X. (2015). Course-Taking Patterns of Community College Students Beginning in STEM: Using Data Mining Techniques to Reveal Viable STEM Transfer Pathways. Research in Higher Education, 57: 544. doi:10.1007/s11162-015-9397-4.

Mining Text Data: Making Sense of What Students Tell Us
John Zilvinskis, Indiana University
Greg Michalski, Florida State College at Jacksonville

Zilvinskis, J., & Michalski, G. (in press). Mining text data: Making sense of what students tell us. Association for Institutional Research Professional File.

Student Engagement and Student Learning: Examining the Convergent and Discriminate Validity of the Revised National Survey of Student Engagement
John Zilvinskis, State University of New York at Binghamton
Anthony Masseria, Indiana University - Bloomington
Gary R. Pike, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Zilvinskis, J., Masseria, A.A. & Pike, G.R. (2017) Student Engagement and Student Learning: Examining the Convergent and Discriminate Validity of the Revised National Survey of Student Engagement Research in Higher Education, 58: 880. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-017-9450-6

 

2014 Charles F. Elton Best Papers

Keep on Truckin’ or Stay the Course? Exploring Grit Dimensions as Differential Predictors of Educational Attainment, Satisfaction, and Intentions
Nicholas Bowman, Bowling Green State University
 Patrick Hill, Carleton University
 Nida Denson, University of Western Sydney
Ryan Bronkema, University of West Georgia

Bowman, N. A., Hill, P. L., Denson, N., & Bronkema, R. (2015). Keep on truckin’ or stay the course? Exploring grit dimensions as differential predictors of educational attainment, satisfaction, and intentions. Social Psychological and Personality Science, vol. 6, 6: pp. 639-645., first published on March 2, 2015.

Student Involvement in Ethnic Student Organizations: Examining Civic Outcomes Six Years After Graduation
 Nicholas Bowman, Bowling Green State University
Julie Park, University of Maryland
Nida Denson, University of Western Sydney

Bowman, N. A., Park, J. J., & Denson, N. (2015). Student involvement in ethnic student organizations: Examining civic outcomes six years after graduation. Research in Higher Education, 56, 127-145.

Predicting Successful Remediation among Latina/o Students
Gloria Crisp, University of Texas-San Antonio
Nicole Reyes, University of Texas-San Antonio
Erin Doran, University of Texas-San Antonio

Crisp, G., Reyes, N. & Doran, E.  Predicting Successful Mathematics Remediation Among Latina/o Students. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education 1538192715621950, first published on December 29, 2015 doi:10.1177/1538192715621950.

Guaranteed Tuition Policies and State General Appropriations for Higher Education: A Difference-in-Difference Analysis
Jennifer Delaney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tyler Kearney, University of Illinois

Delaney, J. A. & Kearney, T. D. (2015). Guaranteed Tuition Policies and State General Appropriations for Higher Education: A Difference-in-Difference Analysis. Journal of Education Finance, 40(4).

Living With Smartphones: Does Completion Device Affect Survey Responses?
Amber Dumford, Indiana University
Angie Miller, Indiana University

Lambert, A.D., & Miller, A.L.  (2015).  Living with smartphones: Does completion device affect survey responses?  Research in Higher Education, 56(2), 166-177.

Using NSSE to Understand Student Success: A Multi-Year Analysis
Stefano Fiorini, Indiana University-Bloomington
Tao Liu, Indiana University-Bloomington
Linda Shepard, Indiana University
Judith Ouimet, Indiana University

Fiorini, S., Tao L., Shepard L. and Ouimet J. (2014). Using NSSE to Understand Student Success: A Multi-Year Analysis. In S. Whalen (Ed.), Proceedings of the 10th national symposium on student retention, Louisville, Kentucky. (pp. 460-473). Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma.

The Postsecondary Resource Trinity Model: Exploring the Interaction between Socioeconomic, Academic, and Institutional Resources
Matt Giani, University of Illinois

Giani, M. S. (2015). The postsecondary resource trinity model: Exploring the interaction between socioeconomic, academic, and institutional resources. Research in Higher Education, vol. 56, 2, pp 105-126. Research in Higher Education.

Against the Odds: The Impact of the Key Communities at Colorado State University on Retention and Graduation for Historically Underrepresented Students
Tae Nosaka, Colorado State University
Heather Novak, Colorado State University

Nosaka, T. , Novak, H. (2014). Against the Odds: The Impact of the Key Communities at Colorado State University on Retention and Graduation for Historically Underrepresented Students. Learning Communities Research and Practice, 2(2), Article 3.

Examining the Effects of Institutional and Cohort Characteristics on Retention Rates
Gary Pike, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Steven Graunke, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Pike, G. R., & Graunke, S. S. (2015). Examining the effects of institutional and cohort characteristics on retention rates. Research in Higher Education, 56, 146.165

College Seniors’ Plans for Graduate School: Do Deep Approaches Learning and Holland Academic Environments Matter?
Louis Rocconi, Indiana University-Bloomington
Amy Ribera, Indiana University-Bloomington
Thomas Nelson Laird, Indiana University

Rocconi, L. M., Ribera, A. K., & Nelson Laird, T. F. (2015). College Seniors’ Plans for Graduate School: Do Deep Approaches Learning and Holland Academic Environments Matter? Research in Higher Education, 56(2), 178-201.

Applications of Social Network Analysis in Institutional Research
Ning Wang, University of California, San Francisco

Wang, N. (2015). Applications of Social Network Analysis in Institutional Research. AIR Professional Files, Spring, 2015 

You can also view 2013 winners and 2012 winnersFor 2011 winners and earlier, visit the eAIR Archives page.For more information about the award, visit the Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award page.