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 2012

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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

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Parents, Professionals, and Preschoolers: The Experience of Working Parents at a Christian, Liberal Arts Institution, Sara E. James

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Spirituality and Rape Myth Acceptance: An Exploratory Study, Stephen M. Mattiace

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The Impact of Coeducational Residence Halls on Men's Relationships with Women, Josh Wymore

Theses from 2009

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The Impact of the Undergraduate Social Experience on Young Alumni Annual Giving, Matthew J. Gin

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Minding the Mission: Succession Planning for Academic Leadership at Christian Institutions, Emily A. Hunt

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College Students' Understanding of Academic Dishonesty, Heidi Johnston

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The Experiences of Black Students at a Predominantly White, Faith-Based Institution, Kyle M. Lantz

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Measuring Spiritual Transformation for the Purpose of Continuous Quality Improvement, Brent D. Maher

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Spirituality and Social Climate in the Context of an International Learning Community, Laura M. Rodeheaver

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The Long-Lasting Effects of International Study Abroad Programs on College Graduates, Mary Katharine Rousopoulos

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Development of the Social Justice Orientation Scale, Benjamin R. Taylor

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The Role of Mentoring on the Career Paths of Female Presidents in CCCU Member Institutions, Kelly A. Yordy