Research Papers on Higher Education

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  • Holistic Change Strategies for Higher Learning

    In a paper of six pages, the writer looks at organizational change. An institute of higher learning is used as an example. Paper uses ten sources.

  • Reflections for Service Learning

    In a paper of ten pages, the writer looks at service learning projects and outcomes. A project overview and analysis of outcomes is presented. Paper uses ten sources.

  • Learning Style Models

    In a paper of three pages, the writer looks at models of learning styles. A criticism is developed of the Grasha Reichmann model. Paper uses three sources.

  • Review of a HRM Learning Program

    The writer reviews the subjects, knowledge and transferable skills that were developed by a student while attending a HRM program. The paper is written as a personal review. The paper is three pages in length.

  • Web 2.0, Learning 2.0

    This research paper describes the changes and innovations that are affecting adult education in contemporary society. This encompasses the need for lifelong learning, the innovations provided by Web 2.0 tools and how these innovations affect learning and modes of instruction. Three pages in length, three sources are cited.

  • Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory

    A 6 page paper. The writer identifies the two experiential learning orientations/perspectives, then, outlines, reports and discusses the four stages in Kolb's model, which have also been referred to as the Learning Cycle along with other titles. The four learning styles based on the Learning Cycle are discussed. The essay then comments on the relationship of Kolb's model to the adult student's specific situation. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Adult Undergraduate Learning

    A 35 page research paper that explores the nature of adult learning undergraduate learning. By “adult” the writer means those students who are over age 25. The writer explores the idea that these students’ learning processes are different from those of traditional students due to their greater maturity and life experiences. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

  • Aspects of Learning Among the Elderly

    This research paper addresses pertinent literature on the topic of elderly learning. The author contends that further education and learning are not only plausible for the elderly, but have many secondary benefits. This twenty-two page paper has seventeen sources in the bibliography.

  • Personal Learning Experience

    A 6 page paper that discusses the writer's personal learning experiences with an anatomy and physiology course. The essay comments on the learner's attitudes towards taking the class, the type of learning experience it was, whether classical conditioning was involved, the obstacles for the student, and what could have made it a more positive experience. Theorists commented on include Pavlov, Skinner, Bandura and Gardner. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Compare Two Approaches Writing Instruction

    This paper is about teaching writing in colleges/universities. The paper discusses two approaches, one discussed by Bartholomae and the other discussed by Anson. There are two sources listed in the bibliography of this six page paper.

  • Distance Learning is Ideal for Stay at Home Mothers

    This 3 page paper examines distance learning and how it has made it easier for stay at home mothers to earn their degrees. Online learning is discussed. Its applicability for this population is the focus of attention. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Achievement in Web-Based Courses

    A 6 page research paper that offers a critique of a study on web-based learning. Bell (2007) conducted a study that investigated the effects of self-regulated learning (SRL) and epistemological beliefs (EB) on the achievement of individual learners involved in courses that included web-based learning environments. The researcher points out that while online learning has been praised as creating greater access to higher education, it is questionable as to whether or not all students in their late adolescence/early adult years can benefit from this experience, as the online learning environment requires a high degree of self-regulation, as well as “higher levels of intellectual development” (Bell, 2007, p. 523). This critique of this study focuses on the methodology that was employed. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Learning Theories - Emphasis On Adult Learning Theories

    A 30 page paper. Part 1 of the paper discusses the learning/development theories of Thorndike Bandura, Rogers, Maslow and Kohlberg. The major points of each theory are presented and discussed, including the contribution of that theory to the field of education. The five theories are also compared and contrasted. The second part of the paper discusses adult learning, specifically, again, relating comments to the five theorists identified. 1 Table is included that shows the differences in focus of each theory. Bibliography lists 19 sources.

  • Creating International Academic Partnerships

    This paper pertains to creating a partnership between an Indian university and an American institution of higher learning, with a particular emphasis on the challenges that are involved. Three pages in length, two sources are cited.

  • Multicultural Learning Community Development

    In ten pages Boyer's 6 learning community principles are applied to an academic institution in which various factors must be in place in order for these principles to exist and the goal of multicultural learning can be achieved. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Learning Styles And The Mature Learner

    A 6 page paper that begins by defining the mature learner in higher education degree course. The paper discuses the advantages and challenges for this student and reports and discusses Kolb's Learning Cycle and Honey and Mumford's learning styles. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Three Stages in the Development of a Distance Learning Program

    The writer looks at a universe that is planning to implement a distance learning strategy utilizing the internet. The paper presents three of the many stages which will be needed for the different developments. The first is the assessment of the strategy and the development of web pages. The second is the requirements analysis and the third is the mobile computing application to support distance learning. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography of this nine page paper.

  • Adult Development and Learning Models

    This 8 page paper discusses factors and strategies that provide a realistic approach to adult learning. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Personality Profiles and Learning Styles

    This paper examines and evaluates various learning styles. This eight page paper has four sources in the bibliography.

  • Utilizing a Learning Contract Within an Academic Setting

    This paper addresses the use of a learning contract as an academic tool to quantify and define personal, educational objectives, goals, and targets. This twelve page paper has six sources in the bibliography.

  • Project Presentation on a Distance Learning Program

    In three pages an investment agency wishing to institute a program of distance learning is examined in this presentation outline that includes a breakdown on how many minutes each segment should be scheduled for. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Distance Learning Program Initiation

    In five pages this paper discusses how to initiate a distance learning program in a consideration of quality concerns, synchronous and asynchronous technology types, extra time, training of faculty, and technology. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Title IX Violations Colleges

    Sexual harassment is covered under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. The EEOC defines this as unwelcome sexual advances and provides examples. Sexual harassment is often found on college/university campuses and not just between professors and students. Rapes also occurs too often on campuses. This paper discusses these issues with data and court cases. There are six sources used in this three page paper.

  • Dormitory Residence Halls and Student Discipline

    In ten pages this paper examines problems of racial discord, sexual orientation, date rape, vandalism, and substance abuse in this consideration of college dormitories and discipline of students. Fifteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Harvard Case Study Analyses (Beacon College, Brooklyn College, Conrad Stetson University and Mercer University)

    This 16 page paper evaluates these four case studies. The paper is divided equally, which is four pages each. Bibliography lists four sources.


    Provides information on University of Maryland University College's strategic position, as well as where it is from a competitive standpoint with other schools. SWOT, PESTLE and comparative analyses are included. There are 7 sources listed in the bibliography of this 8-page paper.

  • 'State 'Teacher's Colleges' Normal' Schools

    In 10 pages this paper provides an historical overview of the normal schools and traces how they evolved into teachers colleges and then later the universities and colleges of the twenty-first century. There are 6 bibliographic sources.

  • Three Events in the History of Higher Education

    A 4 page research paper that discusses the history of higher education in relation to three events. This examination will briefly examine these three events and discuss how they influenced higher education's development. In general, the progression that these three events dramatize a gradual evolution toward offering higher education to an increasing diverse, more numerous segment of the population of a particular era. These three events are the origin of universities in the medieval period; the opening of higher education to women and the implementation of the G.I. Bill after World War II. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Effects of Academic Dishonesty on Higher Education

    In eight pages this paper examines the academic dishonesty in an overview that includes causes, effects, impact on higher education, direct correlation with workplace behaviors, and makes recommendations as to how higher education can tackle this growing problem. Five sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Accreditation & Regulatory Education Agencies

    A 7 page research paper which contrasts and compares an accreditation agency and a regulatory agency in regards to higher education, pointing out the similarities and differences between these two types of organization and how each contributes toward facilitating the goals of higher education. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • The Ramifications of Cheating on College Exams

    This paper explains that the consequences of cheating on college exams include a number of things from being thrown out of school and facing humiliation to simply not living up to one's ethical standards. This is a five page paper with no bibliography.

  • Accreditation Need and Distance Education

    In ten pages distance education is considered in an overview that compares higher education programs that are online versus traditional classroom curriculum with the accreditation need factored into this examination. Twelve sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Education and Diversity

    A 6 page paper which examines tips for elementary school teachers regarding diversity and the condition of diversity in students. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • U.S. Higher Education and Government Assistance

    In seventeen pages this paper considers college education and the government programs for financial assistance that were recommended to U.S. President Bill Clinton in a discussion of various relevant issues. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • The Practice and Philosophy of Adult Education

    This paper consists of five pages and considers the writer's own personal philosophy as it relates to adult education that includes Knowles' andragogy comments along with an adult educator mission statement. There is a bibliography that cites eight sources and one table is also included.

  • American Indian College

    Two American Indian scholars, David, Risling, Jr. and Dr. Jack Forbes wanted to establish D-Q University that was designed especially for Indian people to return to the reservation to develop communities. D-Q University lost its accreditation in 2005 and was working to reopen it. This essay discusses the situation. There are three sources used in this three page paper.

  • Research Proposal on University Student Absenteeism

    In fourteen pages this research study proposal focuses upon college students' lecture absenteeism and includes an outline, justification, literature review, and data collection and analysis approaches. Eight sources are listed in the bibliography.


    This 5-page paper discusses the concept of academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarizing, etc.) and its impact on higher education. The paper also discusses academic dishonesty and its impact on life lessons

  • Cheating Is No Way to Learn

    The writer discusses the consequences of student cheating in a classification essay format.


    This 5-page paper discusses the prevalence of cheating and plagiarism in higher education, and provides solutions on how to discourage these activities. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Academic Honesty

    3 pages that talk about the importance of academic honesty. There are 3 sources.

  • The Impact of Adult ADD/ADHD on Education

    This is a research paper that consists of twenty pages and includes a literature review on the issue of ADD in adults and how this disorder impacts upon adult education and includes a discussion of diagnosis, medication, treatment, and learning studies. There are eleven bibliographic sources cited.

  • Self-Realization And The Liberal Arts: Assessing The Link

    6 pages in length. Building upon the intrinsic connection that exists between self and culture is the fundamental element of a liberal arts education. The extent to which liberal arts serves as a conduit between the individual and the surrounding world is both grand and far-reaching; that this direction of study empowers one with the capacity to experience a greater level of self-knowledge and self-realization speaks to the holistic value of a liberal arts education. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Alcohol Advertisements and College Student Binge Drinking

    In a paper consisting of fourteen pages the ways in which advertisements for alcohol in popular magazines may influence drinking behavior in college students ages 17 to 23 is considered with campus binge drinking aspects included in the discussion. Thirteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • O'Neill & Thomson (2013), An Article Review

    This paper discusses an article by O'Neill and Thomson (2013). This study pertains to persistence in regards to low-skiled adult learners. Three pages in length, one source is cited.

  • Recreational Activity of Gambling

    In seven pages this paper examines the differences that exist between college students who gamble as recreation and those who have a gambling addiction problem. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Special Education and Ethics

    This paper pertains to the methods used to locate articles relative to the subject "Why Special Education is Ethically Necessary." The writer discuses these article in terms of the CRAAP criteria. Three pages in length, four sources are cited.

  • Changes in Higher Education Due to the Internet

    This 7 page paper discusses the changes that online education has had on higher learning. It considers the rise of the Internet education; the way in which this type of education has moved away from the liberal arts tradition; and the impact on tenure caused by distance education. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Sarasota, Florida and Careers in Chiropractics and Radiology

    In nine pages this paper discusses educational alternatives and employment opportunities that are available in the fields of chiropractic and radiology services in Sarasota. Four sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Student Retention Two-Year Institution

    This paper describes a program to retain at risk students in community colleges. The program is based on empirical studies that identified successful strategies. The partners for the program and the benefits for each are identified. The second part of this essay discusses mutual collaboration partnerships and criteria for success. There are five sources listed in the bibliography of this three page paper.

  • Classroom Return of an Adult Student and the Management of Time

    In six pages this paper discusses how an adult student returning to the classroom can make effective use of time management for homework and class coordination. Thirteen sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • College Sports and Gambling

    In eleven pages this paper discusses college sports gambling issues as it affects the NCAA, teams, and athletes. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Teaching Students of Different Subjects; Differences in Approach

    This writer looks at how and why teachers of different disciplines may adopt different approaches in the teaching of their subjects. Comparing and contradiction the teaching of accountancy and marketing, the commonalities in teaching requirements and cognitive development are assessed and differences identified. The last section of the paper considers different teaching tools that may be useful for undergraduate students. Four sources are cited in the bibliography of this seven page paper.

  • Expectations of a College Education

    This 3 page paper is a college admissions essay in which the student writes about what he expects from his college experience. The paper is written from a student's perspective and includes thoughts about what college might provide, including gaining knowledge and skills, improving communications skills, and moving into adulthood. There are 5 sources listed in the bibliography.

  • College Athletes and Their Preferential Treatment

    In six pages this paper considers why college athletes receive preferential treatment. There is the inclusion of a bibliography.

  • Comparing Two-Year Colleges

    Two-year public colleges are more often referred to as community colleges. In recent years, their funding has been cut just as it has been in all public educational institutions. This paper reports specific information about two community colleges, Lone Star college system in Texas and St. Louis Community College System in Missouri. The report compares and contrasts tuition, graduation rates, amount college spends per student, revenues, and operating expenses. There are eight sources used in this five page paper.

  • Lone Star College System Analyasis

    The crisis of a nursing shortage will continue for at least another three years. Some colleges have added additional programs in an attempt to meet the need. Lone Star College System in Texas is one of the colleges that added another program to their already four programs. This essay conducts an academic prioritization analysis of the nursing program at this college and responds to all ten of the criteria. There are eight sources used in this eight page paper.

  • Lone Star College System, Financial Aid Policy

    This research paper describes the Lone Star College System and its policy in terms of compliance with current trends in community college education, with a focus on financial aid. Five pages in length, eight sources are cited.

  • Is College Hazing a Rite of Passage or a Major Problem?

    In five pages this paper examines the hazing issue from both sides with one supporting the notion it represents a rite of passage while the other condemns the practice as potentially deadly. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Choice of Major in College: Literature Review

    This 3 page paper gives an overview of the current literature on choosing a college major. This paper includes reason for choice of major for first and second year students in college. Bibliography list 5 sources.

  • Choice of Major in College: Literature Review

    This 3 page paper gives an overview of the current literature on choosing a college major. This paper includes reason for choice of major for first and second year students in college. Bibliography list 5 sources.

  • Lone Star College System

    Lone Star College, founded in 1973, is the largest higher education institution in the Houston, Texas area. It is also one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country. This essay begins by discussing this college system. It then moves on to discuss changes in enrollments in higher education institutions and the demographic and economic factors that have an impact. There are six sources used in this three page paper.

  • School Year Student Time Saving Resources

    In three pages time saving resources students can use when returning to school are discussed with advice offered to returning college students included.

  • Zinsser's College Pressures

    This 3-page paper uses William Zinsser's essay "College Pressures" as a basis to compare college students of the late 1970s with those of earlier years.

  • Comparison of College Students That Are Younger versus More Mature

    In ten pages this paper examines college students who attend immediately following graduation and students who are more mature in a comparison of differences that includes unique characteristics and problems faced by each. Nine sources are cited in the bibliography and there are also the inclusion of two tables.

  • College Students and Spirituality

    In seventeen pages the question 'What are the outcomes when college students are able to fulfill their spiritual needs?' is asked and answered with differences between spiritual and nonspiritual students also contemplated. Twelve sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Is a College Degree a Success Prerequisite?

    In a paper consisting of 5 pages the success value of a college degree is evaluated but determines that while many occupations require it the degree is not necessarily a prerequisite of success in and of itself. However it does improve an individual's communications skills that can lead to greater employment success.

  • Ethics of College Funding

    This paper discusses types of funding for colleges and universities and reports the dramatic cut in funding for state colleges and how some states are addressing the shortfall. The paper comments on the ethical issues that may be related to increasing tuition and large research grants. There are nineteen sources listed in the bibliography of this fourteen page paper.

  • Business Administration Doctorate Program Design

    In nine pages this proposed doctorate program design for Business Administration examines subjects and module content along with reasons for including them offered. Seven sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Higher Education in California

    5 pages and 5 sources used. This paper provides an overview of the 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education, which provides an overview of the populations and projected expectations regarding the California university system. This paper not only considers who will be going to the University of California and California State University campuses, but how low-income students will be able to pay for their education. This paper considers the admissions process and the way in which this influences how the tuition scales are set.

  • Free Resources For Teachers

    A 5 page paper. The first part of this paper presents several Web sites that offer free resources, materials and/or lesson plans for teachers. The writer describes each site with its hyperlinks and provides an example of the type of free information/materials. The last page is a lesson plan intended to teach college students how to use the Web to discover free resources for teachers. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Behaviorism/Teaching College Students

    A 5 page research paper/essay that addresses use of behaviorism in the college classroom. As Russell (2002) points out, educators search for the environment and teaching approach that is “ideal,” that is, which aids students in learning efficiently and effectively. One of the principal approaches to creating the “ideal” learning environment, which dominated much of the teaching that occurred in the twentieth century, is the behaviorist approach. This examination of behaviorism, first of all, defines this model of instruction, but then considers whether or not behaviorism is appropriate to today’s college classroom. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Parts of Linguistics

    Linguistics is the study of language and how people make and understand the meanings of 'utterances.' There are numerous components and subcomponents within the field of linguistics and language acquisition. This paper discusses two major parts of linguistics, semantics and pragmatics. Each is explained and discussed along with differences and how we use them every day. There are ten sources used in this eight page paper.

  • School Bullying/The Effect on Bullies and Victims

    This research paper offers a comprehensive overview of research literature pertaining to school bullying, with a particular focus on the effects of this behavior on mental health, both for the bully and for victims, as well as witnesses. Twenty pages in length, fifteen pages are the body of the paper and there are fifteen sources listed in an annotated bibliography.

  • Co-Ed College Adaptation

    In this paper consisting of five pages the challenge of adapting to a co-ed college after going to an exclusive all boy or all girl school is examined. There are five bibliographic sources cited.

  • Internet and the Impacts on Post-Secondary Education

    In a paper of five pages, the author reflects upon the use of computer technology in post-secondary education, especially in relation to the role of the Internet and the skills needed by incoming learners. There are four sources.

  • Chemical Toxic Threat of Mercury

    In seven pages this paper examines the chemical toxic dangers posed by mercury. Nine sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Plagiarism in Colleges

    This paper reports the incidence of plagiarism in colleges and universities although these can only be educated guesses. The paper provides examples of some cases and student responses. Plagiarism detection programs are also discussed. There are three sources listed in the bibliography of this eight page paper.

  • Student Plagiarism/Bibliographic Essay

    This literature review is on student plagiarism and discusses ethical models, the prevalence of plagiarism, and strategies to address it. Twenty pages in length, forty sources are cited.

  • Completing a Course of Study: The Impacts on Personal and Professional Development

    In a five page paper, the author relates whate steps it took to complete their education and the way in which these influenced personal and professional development. There are two sources integrated into this paper.

  • Should American College Students Wear Uniforms?

    This 3 page paper discusses some of the pros and cons of wearing school uniforms, and argues that they are not appropriate at the college level. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Quebec's Adult Education Provision

    This paper examines Quebec's provisions for adult education in terms of its dual system, the impact of training, and benefits gained from the association between Quebec's educators and those in the Americas and Europe in 12 pages. Eleven sources are cited in the bibliography.

  • Research Methods; Why Does the United States Have Fewer Students Taking Advanced Examinations Compared England and Wales, France and Germany

    This 10 page paper is the third chapter for a project looking at the different performance of students in the US compared to others countries in terms of the level of advanced examination that are taken. This paper is the research methodology paper, recapping on the purpose of the study and this aims and then outlining the research models, approached and methodology that will be utilised as well as the required resources and the brief findings of the pilot study. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • How Money Woes Inflate Grades

    Richard Barndt in 2001 wrote an article linking the growing scarcity of money for public schools with grade inflation. This paper reviews that article, pointing out that the author leaves out some sources of money for schools.This paper has three pages and two sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Gender Inequality and the Effects of Title IX

    The writer discusses several aspects of Title IX and its effect on gender inequity in the classroom. There are three sources listed in the bibliography of this three page paper.

  • Student Debt: Whose Fault is it?

    This 6 page paper blames public institutions for the dilemma. Credit card debt is discussed but student loans are the focus of attention. This paper also argues that college is desirable, even if it causes one to go into debt. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Issues in Staff Development

    A 4 page research paper that consists of 3 small papers on staff development issues, which are the effectiveness of the inquiry model of staff development (1 page); discrepancies between principal's stated beliefs about novice teachers and their own behavior (1 page) and discussion of four propositions on the principal's role toward novice teachers (2 pages). Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Value of Social Networking Tools in a Teaching Environment with Specific Consideration of Business Students

    The writer looks at how teach may, and do use interactive web based social networking tools for aiding with teaching and learning in a collage or university environment along with the benefits that may be realized. The sources are cited in this seven page paper.


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