Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses

 

The Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development (MAHE) program at Taylor University is built on the foundation of a unique, longstanding institutional commitment to whole-person higher education. To prepare students as leaders and educators, the program’s instructional methodology teaches, models, and applies exemplary higher education practices from a Christian perspective.

As a distinctive component of the MAHE program, the thesis is integrated into the curriculum from the very first semester and constitutes a significant learning experience for each student. The thesis process encourages deep engagement with the field and builds professional skills in developing students to think like and operate as scholar-practitioners.


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Theses from 2017

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From Mentoring to Mattering: How Peer Mentoring Can Help Students Belong, David M. Adams

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Hopeful Voices: Reflective Perspectives on Ways to Advancing Higher Education Development in Post-Civil War Liberia, Lauren E. Bournique

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Take the Lead: A Phenomenological Exploration of Male College Student Leadership and Masculinity, Peter H. Carlson

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Through a Broader Lens: An Exploration of International Service Learning and Life Calling, Lauren Carter

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The Quiet Call: A Grounded Theory Exploration of Vocational Development and Introversion in College Students, Alex T. Crist

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Benefits and Level of Satisfaction a First-Year Orientation Program Delivers for Freshmen in College, Katie Evensen

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A Case Study for Evaluating a Discipleship Program for Student-Athletes, Abigail Hews

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Inseparable Faith: Exploring Manifestations and Experiences of Faith-Work Integration in Young Alumni from a Christian University, Emilie Hoffman

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The Impact of Silence on College Student Self-Awareness, Chad Ibach

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Vocational Formation in College: A Look at the Intersection of Vocational Formation and Identity and Faith Development, Shelby List

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The Impact of Leadership Involvement on College Students' Experience and Wellbeing, Tricia Saunders

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"It Feels a Bit Like Imposter Syndrome": Examining the Issue of Masculinity and Depression in Male College Students, Wil Story

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Purpose and Resilience: The Experience of Burmese Refugees in U.S. Higher Education, Rebecca Tervo

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Impact of Monastic Practices and Spiritual Disciplines on Student Leader Development, Haley B. Williamson

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Your God is Too Small: The Impact of the College Experience on God Image, Jessica Woodring

Theses from 2016

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Exploring the Shared Cores of Gender Issues: The Significance of Same-Sex Interactions as Pathways to Equality and Reconciliation, Charles Warren Allen

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Short-Term Relationships with Eternal Impact: Mentoring Male Students at Faith-Based Institutions, Joshua R. Craton

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Reflecting Back: Do Senior Students Believe They Experienced a Sophomore Slump?, Taylor M. Eddy

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The Impact of Minority Faculty and Staff Involvement on Minority Student Experiences, Elijah Genheimer

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The Experience of Introverted Students on a Residential College Campus, Erica Gleason

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Milo A. Rediger: A Narrative Study on Leadership and Collaboration as Academic Dean, Britney N. Graber

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Cohesive Purpose: Learning in General Education and Residence Life, Elizabeth Ann Hicks

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Student-Athlete Perceptions of Institutional Advisement, Bailey Judd

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In God We Trust: A Case Study Analysis of the United States Supreme Court Ruling from the Wheaton v. Burwell Lawsuit Against the Health and Human Services Preventative Services Mandate and the Directions for Private Institutions, Jason Wayne Koh

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Better Together: An Analysis of Collaboration and Reciprocity in Service-Learning Partnerships, Elise Krueger

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A Life Lived at the Intersection: A Case Study of the Leadership and Humility of Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Mackenzie Elizabeth Lechlitner

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Tradition with a Capital "T": The Value of Campus Traditions, Morgan K. Morris

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Exploring the Impact of a Faculty-in-Residence Program on the Student Experience, Lauren Oliver

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The Experience of Christian College Male Undergraduates with Pornography, Benuel Post

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When a Parent Comes Out: The Experience of Christian College Students Who Have a Parent Come Out as Homosexual, Celeste H. Ryan

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Can We Be Friends? An Examination of the Role of Cross-Sex Friendship on Emerging Adults' Spiritual Development, Brittane Y. Turner

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Quantitative Reasoning in the Numbers: A Qualitative Study of Trends in Higher Education Mathematics Curriculum, Julia C. VanderMolen

Theses from 2015

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A Culture that Aspires, A Culture that Inspires: A Case Study Analysis of the Calvin College Philosophy Department, Hannah M. Adderley

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Man Up or Man Down?: Male Perceptions of Gender Identity, Matthew N. Barr

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A Phenomenological Study of Bicultural Competence Among International Students, Kiplangat Cheruiyot Bii

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Korean International Students in the Midwest: How Do They Understand Integration?, Jordan T. Bolte

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Bereaved College Students' Experiences with Peer Support, Tianna F. Clark

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Embodying Man: A Phenomenological Study of Body Image and Its Relationship to Masculinity, D'Andre Coats

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Learning to Live Together: Measuring Global Perspective Through Roommate Pairing, Drew Crane

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Mentoring Self-Authorship: A Qualitative Study on the Impact of Mentoring on Self-Authorship, Grant M. Henry

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Healthy Habits, Holy Habits: Spirituality's Relationship to College Students' Health, Lindsay M. Hubbell

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Continued Service: A Qualitative Study on the Impact of Immersive Service-Learning Courses, Jonathan T. McIlvaine

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Disrupting the Cycle of Self-Objectification, Hayley G. Meredith

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Experiential Empathy: The Impact of Service-Learning Immersion Experiences on College Students' Cross-Cultural Empathy, Amy Lynne Nicols

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A Different Kind of Home: The Impact of Residential Colleges on Student Learning and Development, Seth Oldham

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A Faith that Endures? An Exploration of the Perceived Influence of Parental Control and Responsiveness on the Spiritual Change of College Students, Joshua P. Riedel

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Encouraging Student Involvement and Engagement to Foster a Deep Sense of Calling, Kirsten D. TenHaken

Theses from 2014

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In Pursuit of Purpose: The Effects of Involvement on the Development of Calling in College Students, Jeffry T. Aupperle

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The Co-Curriculum and the Core Curriculum: Exploring the Relationship Between Student Involvement and Academic Outcomes, Natalie D. Berger

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Ring by Spring: The Impact of Marriage on Undergraduate Student Engagement, Jessica Clark

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Perceived Parental Involvement: Impact on Student Involvement in Higher Education, Nicholas Coats

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High Expectations: The Impact of Perfectionism and Religiosity on Female Body Image, Meredith J. Gross

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Young Entrants and Self-Authorship, Greta Johnson

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Picture Perfect: The Impact of Spirituality and Media on Women's Sexuality, Diana Kim

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Morality in Sport: Student-Athletes' Perceptions of Coaches' Abilities to Instill Moral and Character Development, Jake W. McCurry

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Motivational Factors that Influence Non-Mandatory Chapel Attendance at a Small, Faith-Based Institution in the Midwest, Aaron Morrison

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Loving Neighbor as Self: Translating the Study Abroad Experience into Cross-Cultural Friendships on the Home Campus, Kelly A. Pengelly

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First-Year Students' Perception of Vocation at a Private Faith-Based Liberal Arts Institution, Jonathan D. Rupp

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Undergraduate Attitudes Toward Sexual Minorities Based on Religious Beliefs, Brady Schaar

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Spiritual Struggle within a Faith-Based Institution, Hannah Kristine Schundler

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Boys to Men: A Phenomenological Study of Men's Construction of Masculinity at a Faith-Based University, Taylor Thomas Smythe

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Undergraduate Student Engagement of Intercultural Competence, Amanda Joy Steinbeck

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The Impact of Short Term Missions and Study Abroad on the Academic Engagement of College Students, Jeffrey J. Wallace

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Understanding the Academic and Social Experience of a Transfer Student at a Small, Midwest, Residential Institution, Bryce Colin Watkins

Theses from 2013

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The Impact on Career Women of Mentoring, Role Models, and Defining Moments During College Student Leadership Experiences, Lisa A. Barber

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Finding a Place in the World: The Impact of a Semester Abroad on Life Calling, Emily M. Bryan

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Faith Maturity Effects on Sexual Decision-Making, Isaac S. Bryan

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The Impact and Lasting Effects on Students Involved in a Campus Closing, Julie Caldwell

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Mixed Signals: A Phenomenological Study on the Effects of Cell Phones on College Student Involvement, David M. Chizum

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Minding the Gap: Impact of Pre-College Gap Year on Transition to College, Julie M. Cline

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When Pastor's Kid Becomes College Student: Identity Development of PKs During College, Janette E. DeLozier

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Student Leadership Development: A Focus on Experiential Leadership Orientation Within Higher Education, Logan R. Denney

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The Impact of a Student's Attachment to God on College Adjustment, Cody J. Lloyd

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Student Experience in a Blended Learning Model, JooYong Park

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A Narrative Study into the Motivations of Missionary Kid Involvement in Mu Kappa, David W.J. Restrick

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Five Factors Relating to Students' Academic Advising Experience at a Small, Private, Liberal Arts University, Jeff Strietzel

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How Faculty Promote the Development of Self-Authorship at a Private, Faith-Based Institution, Heather Jane Tyner

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The Relationship Between Students' Perceptions of Academic Support and Their Willingness to Seek Support, Lance Vanderberg

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A Model of Faith-Learning Integration in Exemplary Teaching Faculty, Kathryn A. Westrate

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The Impact of Evangelical Gender Roles on College Females' Vocational Aspirations, Amy L. Wilson

Theses from 2012

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Male Disengagement: Assessing Educational Variables Impacted by Male Student Involvement, Ben Aalderink

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Finding Meaning and Recovery After the Death of a Friend During College, Jessica L. Cuthbert

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The Experience of Evangelical College Women in Disclosing Taboo Sexual Practices Among Peers, Taylor A. Ehrhard

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Spiritual Expectations and Experiences of Students at a Faith-Based Institution, Jessica A. Fankhauser

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The Impact of a Ministry Experience on the Personal and Academic Development of College Students, Benjamin Goller

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The Impact of Mentoring Relationships on Leadership Development, Josiah Hatfield

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Understanding Predictors and Formative Experiences of Females in Student Leadership, Dauthan Keener

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Spiritual Fit: Spirituality's Impact on Retention at a Faith Based Institution, Crystal Keetch

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The Conceptualization of Faith-Learning Integration in Student Affairs, Andrew R. Lehr

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A Vision for General Education: The Life and Mind of Ernest L. Boyer, Maria E. Lehr

Theses from 2011

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The Value of Relationships for Theological Development and Engagement: A Phenomenological Study of How College Students Experience Theology, Kathleen J. Breitigan

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Social and Transitional Experiences of Non-White Third Culture Kids at a Predominantly White Institution, Debby C. Cheruiyot Bii

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A Phenomenological Study of Female Faculty Transitional Experience into Administration within CCCU Member Institutions, Meleca Consultado

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Faith Integration Development: Faculty Conceptions of Faith-Learning Integration, Brandon J. Jacob

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Latino Students' Experiences in a Latin American Study Abroad Semester Program, Melissa S. Lima

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The Experience of Female Administrators at a Private, Kenyan University, Elizabeth Lyon

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Changes in Student Engagement: The Relationship Between Place of Residence, Gender and Engagement, Kendall J. Stanislav

Theses from 2010

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Mercy, Not Sacrifice: College Student Spirituality and Social Concern and Action, Philip D. Byers

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A Phenomenological Study of Biracial Identity Development, Felicia T. Case

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Depression's Influence on Involvement, David Downey