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    • A STUDY OF THE MATERIAL INSPECTION RECORD AND QUALITY SYSTEMS: A CASE IN THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

      Brown, Larry W. Jr. (Cunningham Memorial Library, Terre Haute, Indiana State University., 2017-12)
      Defective products and services are a part of every industry, sector, and organization. Minimization of those defects is essential for business success. The later those defects are found, the more they cost the business and consumer. This study investigated the impact having an accredited Quality Management System (QMS) had on the acceptance of delivered product. The study focused on the products delivered to the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) organizations. This study investigated the statistical significance between the means of the groups within size and number of accreditation. The dependent variables were Material Inspection Record (MIR), units received, and units rejected, or products delivered to the NAVSEA and NAVSUP organizations. The study used the PDREP Metric Dashboard data for fiscal year 2012, quarter 1 through fiscal year 2016, quarter 2, resulting in more than 8,000 records analyzed and interpreted using a one-way ANOVA and General Linear Model. The results of the analysis indicated there were no significant differences between size or accreditation of organizations, when compared to the number of rejected units and Material Inspection Report (MIR) acceptance or rejection. The analysis did suggest there is statistical significance when size and accreditation are compared to MIR acceptance or rejection (F-Value 3.01, P-Value 0.006). Additional analysis was conducted for within group comparisons and small organizations were identified as having a statistically disproportionate percentage of units rejected (76.61 percent), when compared to the percentage of units received (55.24 percent). iv Within small organizations, organizations with one accreditation had the highest ratio of units rejected compared to units received (2.00 to 1) as a percentage of units received within small organizations. Further research was recommended to explore other factors that would improve risk assessment and mitigation within the Department of Defense (DoD).
    • OPERATIONALIZING HUMILITY: A MODEL OF SITUATIONAL HUMILITY FOR CHRISTIAN COLLEGE STUDENT LEADERS

      Barrett, Scott T. (Cunningham Memorial library, Terre Haute,Indiana State University, 2017-12)
      This research study explored how college student leaders operationalize humility in their actions and what leads individuals to act with situational humility. There is a rise in narcissistic tendencies in college students (Twenge, Konrath, Campbell, & Bushman, 2008a, 2008b) and a decline in overall character traits (Burns, 2012; Hunter, 2000; Liddell & Cooper, 2012). Opposite the vice of narcissism sits the virtue of humility (Emmons, 2000; Exline & Geyer, 2004; Peterson & Seligman, 2004; Tangney, 2000). Using a grounded theory approach, the researcher looked to discover the process of humility development. Twenty six in depth interviews were conducted at three institutions. Each institution was a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and each participant identified as having a Christian belief system. Interviews were digitally recorded and transcribed. Transcriptions were coded using grounded theory method of open, axial, and selective coding. Based on the data collected three main themes emerged. Faith and humility go hand in hand, sense of self impacts humbling experiences, and the effect of relationships on humility. Through this research, the model of situational humility emerged grounded in the data. The model of situational humility describes what leads an individual to act with humility within a specific humbling experience. For these students, humbling experiences occurred when their sense of self (“I am an athlete,” “I get things done on time,” “I am a not racist”) did not line of up with their experience of the world (physical injury, failing to send necessary emails, making comments that were received as racial insensitive by a peer). Individuals then move to iv the point of change where they must decide how whether they will reorient their sense of self or actions or if they will not reorient and act with pride. In this point of change individuals were positively impacted towards humility by their Christian belief system, empathy, being in relationship, and interacting with others who were different from them. The implications of this research for institutional leaders who desire to grow humility in students include valuing how humility is seen as a virtue, growing empathy in students, and providing opportunities for students to be in relationship with others, specifically those who are different from them.
    • Incorporating Lean Non-Value Added Variants into a Method of Determining Stakeholder Salience for First-Line Manager Decision Making

      Bader, Bruce H. (Cunningham Memorial library, Terre Haute,Indiana State University, 2017-12)
      This research brings together two streams of thought for first-line manager decisionmaking. The first is the quality system model, in particular, Lean operations. The second is Stakeholder Theory. Both streams have been identified as ways to improve value of the organization. Previous studies disagree regarding whether Lean and Stakeholder theory can work together. The potential problem of having a poor balance of Stakeholders and Lean waste is that exclusive focus on one may result in less awareness of the other, in which case value can be lost by the organization. This research investigates if both Lean waste and Stakeholder salience share a common language in the literature using data mining. This research surveys organizations that perceive themselves as Lean and have multiple diverse Stakeholders to determine whether Lean wastes and Stakeholder salience (priority) are considered the decision-making process. A Z-test compares proportions of Lean waste considered to proportions of Stakeholder salience. An ANOVA is done to see if organization type, position of a person within the organization, organization size, geographic location, or lean management maturity has an effect on the priority assigned to Stakeholder salience or Lean waste variants when making decisions. The final phase of this research is a proposed decision-making instrument that will weigh Stakeholder salience and Lean waste variants on an equitable level for First-line Managers’ decision-making. The major findings of this research are that Lean waste variants and Stakeholder salience are considered in decision-making but that Stakeholder salience is more important. This is iv independent of various factors. Stakeholder mapping using salience values adjusted for Lean waste provides a visually enhanced balanced approach allowing the decision-makers to know the impact of both, facilitating more precise input to their decision-making process. More precision in the decision-making process can lead to results that create improved value for the organization.
    • WHAT IS THE INFLUENCE OF FORM-FOCUSED INSTRUCTION OF COPULA AND AUXILIARY (BE) ON ESL LEARNERS?

      Alraddadi, Abdulaziz Ibrahim (Cunningham Memorial library, Terre Haute,Indiana State University, 2017-12)
      This study explored the influence of form-focused instruction (FFI) in teaching English copula and auxiliary (be) to English as a second language (ESL) learners. Following the noticing hypothesis, FFI, and the basic principles of curriculum and instruction theory, this study investigates if ESL learners make omission, misuse, or misjudgment errors while acquiring English as a second language. Also, the study examined whether ESL learners show significant improvement in their knowledge of English copula and auxiliary (be) after receiving FFI. Previous copula and auxiliary (be) research (Jishvithaa, Tabitha, & Kalajahi, 2013; Muftah & Eng, 2011; Unlu & Hatipoglu, 2012) has shown that ESL learners commit omission and misuse errors. It was the aim of this study to investigate that ESL learners commit those errors and to add misjudgment errors to the investigation. Moreover, the study also aimed at examining the influence of FFI on the ESL learners’ knowledge of copula and auxiliary (be). Previous research on FFI influence (Ellis, 1984; Tomita & Spada, 2013; Valeo, 2013) has shown a positive influence of FFI on learning and acquiring grammatical structures. This study adds more findings by focusing on the influence of FFI on the ESL learners’ knowledge of the copula and auxiliary (be) in the present tense. This study was a quantitative quasi-experimental one. It utilized a control group and an experimental group. It followed a pretest-treatment-posttest, control-group design. Participants were 14 ESL learners (10 in experimental group, 4 in control group) who were in two existing groups at two ESL classes in a Midwestern university. The results reflect that participants made v omission, misuse, and misjudgment errors. The participants committed more misjudgment errors and less omission and misuse errors. All participants showed a significant change overtime in regard to making misjudgment errors. The outcomes highlight misjudgment errors as a potential type of errors that ESL learners may commit with copula and auxiliary (be). The experimental group outperformed the control group over time by significantly making less omission errors. When compared over time and between groups, participants’ scores on the grammatical judgment tasks have shown improvement suggesting a positive effect of FFI treatment on the participants’ knowledge of copula and auxiliary (be). Further research is needed to involve a larger participant population and more types of copula and auxiliary (be) errors.
    • KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS OF PART-TIME EMPLOYEES TEACHING ONLINE

      Alexander, Mark L. (Cunningham Memorial library, Terre Haute,Indiana State University, 2017-12)
      Online learning has caused a seismic shift in higher education since its rise beginning at the turn of the century. A portion of that impact has been on the ascent of the part-time employee teaching online. Adjunct instructors account for the overwhelming majority of the faculty providing education to these online learners. Because an instructor’s performance impacts students’ learning and their resulting end of course evaluation has such a bearing upon that person’s employment, it is imperative to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) of employees teaching online. The problem addressed by this study was to determine the factors that affected a part-time online employee’s performance rating by their students within a higher education setting. More specifically, this study sought to identify key performance indicators for those teaching online part-time. Correlations and regression were conducted on institutional data covering 1295 fully online courses that occurred in 2016 at a regionally-accredited, private university. Potential key performance indicators studied were faculty threads posted per week, faculty employment longevity, faculty load, average course GPA, and class size. Three of those variables were statistically significant (p < 0.001) in individual correlations to an adjunct’s End of Course Survey score. Four of those factors were statistically significant (p < 0.001) in predicting students’ satisfaction of a part-time employee teaching online. The key performance indicators of part-time employees teaching online include faculty threads posted per week, faculty load, average course GPA, and class size. Implications and ideas for future research were discussed. iv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS An undertaking such as this has one person as its author but many people that contribute to such a culminating project. Thank you to my Advisor and Chair, Dr. Cindy Crowder, for her encouragement, guidance, and status check-ins. Thanks also to my committee members, Dr. David Beach and Dr. Li-Shiang Tsay, for their time, review, and feedback throughout this process. My family has been gracious, encouraging, and supportive throughout this entire process. Louann, your love and support is epitomized in your willingness to read this document and cheer me on through the defense. Thank you for encouraging my pursuit of certifications and degrees throughout our marriage. You make me a better person each and every day. Thanks to Emily, Abigail, Ian, and Isaiah for supporting me through this journey, for extending your support, and for forgiving me for being grumpy near deadlines. I am so blessed to be your father. You all inspire me! Thanks to my parents, in-laws, extended family members, small group members, friends, and colleagues at work for your support and belief in me. You are each such a blessing. I must give a shout-out to all of the locations that fueled my need for public solitude: The Refinery Business Center, Ott Hall 150-B and the Student Center at Indiana Wesleyan University, and Culver’s Restaurant #404. Thank you for tolerating me! Most importantly, thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To God be the Glory, great things He has done!
    • UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS STUDENTS’ ATTITUDES TOWARD USING E-LEARNING IN SAUDI ARABIA

      Alrehaili, Bakheet Wasel (2013-12)
      The main objective of this study was to investigate the attitudes of undergraduate mathematics students in Saudi Arabia towards online mathematics education. Comparisons were made among male, female, underclassmen, and upperclassmen undergraduate mathematics students at the University of Tabuk (UT). Of 161 students enrolled in the mathematics program, 118 mathematics students responded to the survey. The sample consisted of 57 male and 61 female students. A 2 x 2 ANOVA test was used to reveal any statistically significant differences between the various groups based on gender and educational level. The findings showed that underclassmen did not differ significantly from upperclassmen in their attitudes toward online mathematics, male students did not differ significantly from female students in their attitudes toward online mathematics, and there was no significant interaction between educational level and gender in terms of the students’ attitudes toward online mathematics education.
    • ADULT LEARNING AND THE EFFECT OF EDUCATION AND GENDER INTERACTION ON TYPE 2 DIABETICS

      Nur, Abdi H. (2017-12)
      The purpose of this mixed methods research study was to investigate whether the relationships between education and medication and healthy exercise adherence were the same among female and male Type 2 diabetic adult learners. The purpose included also exploring whether registered nurses would alter their approach to diabetic adult learners’ education on medication and healthy exercise adherence considering patients’ gender and education levels. The study also investigated the correlation between diabetes duration and medication and healthy exercise adherence. The research investigation employed mixed methods sequential explanatory design using qualitative data to help explain the quantitative findings. The quantitative study was based on preexisting data of 102 Type 2 diabetic adult learners collected by the researcher. The qualitative study was a phenomenological investigation based on semi-structured interviews of 10 registered nurses from Terre Haute Regional Hospital. The research investigation suggested no significant interaction between gender and education levels regarding medication and healthy exercise adherence (respectively p = .746; p = .664). In contrast, the findings in the qualitative analyses suggested that the registered nurses would change their approach to patients’ education on medication adherence based on education levels, not gender. The nurses expressed also that healthy exercise adherence among Type 2 diabetic adults was individual based, i.e., education attainment and gender had no impact on patients’ healthy exercise adherence. The quantitative analyses also suggested an inverse correlation between how long Type two diabetic adult learners have been diagnosed with the disease and their healthy exercise adherence. The longer patients were diabetic the less they were adherent to healthy exercise routines. The study recommended that more investigation on Type 2 diabetic adult learners would be useful to understand the impact of the interaction between gender and education attainment on medication and healthy exercise routines. The study suggested as well that future investigations should include larger sample sizes of study subjects and more representation of male Type 2 diabetic adult learners. They should as well include more representation of minority and young Type 2 diabetic populations. Moreover, this study suggested future investigations which include other groups of diabetes educators such as specialists from dietary and pharmacy professions.
    • Beautiful Misery

      Boyer, Natalie (2008-04-01)
      Within moments of suffering, beauty emerges and manifests itself into forms that we do not fully recognize. We become willful, dependant, and most of all the accepting of our human frailty. I choose to present portraits that represent this idea of suffering as being human and unique. I do not seek to overwhelm my viewer with sadness and despair, but rather to open my viewer's eyes to what suffering may reveal. As a society, we are generally numb to the tragedy that may befall others. Some apply an invisible shield and a mask of glamour to conceal what they believe may resemble suffering and defeat. Our natural inclination is to present to each other an image of our own perfection, as stable and immortal beings. In reality, we analyze ourselves and recognize natures defeat every day when we look in the mirror, Great measure is taken to conceal any sign of aging, stress personal ailments, and the inevitable death. My models represent this struggle with life, yet without any concealment. Their troubles are laid before the viewers, as human as they may be.
    • In Partial Fulfillment of the M.F.A. Degree Requirements

      Báez, Daniela (2008-04-28)
      I have always had an inclination towards taking pictures. When I was young the first object I bought with my first savings was a simple automatic camera. I remember reading the entire manual so I would be able to use the camera properly. I took pictures of my family and friends all the time. I would send the roll to the Kodak store to be developed and I would show the pictures to everyone. I continued taking general pictures as I grew up, but I never really did anything beyond that.
    • GLYCEMIC CONTROL AMONG TYPE 2 DIABETICS

      Nur, Abdi H. (2015-12-01)
      The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between diabetics’ socioeconomic status, self-efficacy, education levels, gender, and ethnicity and their medication and physical activity (i.e., healthy exercise) adherence regarding to their physicians and health educators’ counsels. Also, the study investigated whether or not the respondents adhered to medication prescription and physical activity routines. The study used a non-probability convenience sampling technique to recruit 102 type 2 diabetics (female, n = 65 and male, n = 37) from Indiana and Illinois Counties surrounding Vigo County, Indiana. The respondents reported their self-care activities throughout the seven days prior to completing the study questionnaire. A positive (direct) relationship between self-efficacy and healthy exercise, and a positive association between gender and self-efficacy were found (P < 0 .5). Besides, while the majority of the respondents adhered to medication treatment, nonetheless medication non-compliance level among the patients was alarming. Interventions that can boost patients’ confidence to successfully engage in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA)’s endorsed physical activity routines may be helpful. These interventions may include diabetes education follow-ups to improve patients’ self-efficacy scores (M = 4.73). Also, healthcare professionals may need to develop more operational plans to improve medication adherence levels among type two diabetics. Moreover, the present study suggests that diet and exercise treatments may be considered as potentials that can lead future success for blood glucose control among type 2 diabetics.
    • 422

      Chen, Ming-Chia (2010)
      422 (pronounced "four two two"), is a prototype of a coffee shop which is named after Earth Day, April 22nd_ It is not just a coffee shop. 422 is a coffee shop with a theme: global warming. The concept of the coffee shop is to create a place for people to drink and discuss issues of global warming by providing inviting yet thought provoking ambience with graphics, videos, and eco-friendly furniture.
    • The Elephant's Year

      Alharbi, Mohammed (2010)
      My faith of Islam and the Holy Qur'an guides my design creativity. I like to teach others about my faith, and I found 30 animation is a great way for that. The Holy Qur'an is full of lessons, wisdoms, scientific facts, advising historical stories, future predictions, social solutions, etc. The Holy Qur'an asks people to believe in God and the Prophet Mohammed. I chose a story from the Holy Qur'an that talks about the Holy Kaaba, which was the first religion place for God
    • I'm Too Young For This @#!%

      Shearer, John (2011-08-30)
      In order to support my music photography habit, I worked as an assistant to commercial photographers on a freelance basis. Through my membership in the American Society of Media Photographers, I was able to assist photographers from all over the country. I tried to learn as much about the craft of photography as possible during those years, not just about lighting, but also about the business of photography. While I was fortunate to work for dozens of photographers from around the country, there were two • photographers in particular that influenced my work greatly. Greg Puis (www.pulsphoto.com) was the first commercial photographer to really take me under his wing. He had this specific way of lighting that was time consuming and really beautiful. (It wasn't uncommon for me to spend an entire day lighting one or two shots.) He was the kind of photographer that editors and art directors hired when they were looking for "arty." Jason Lindsey (www.jasonlindsey.com) on the other hand, was the type of photographer who did great work and always kept lighting as simple as possible. His strength was in connecting with his clients and subjects on a personal level. (Something Puis often struggled with) Jason was the kind of photographer that made work fun. (There was often drinking involved) Greg was a little more disciplined, but often seemed on the verge of a breakdown .
    • An Exploration on Humanitarian Relief Project Using Graphic Design

      Zhang, Yan (2012-04)
      My work is unabashedly Humanitarian. This is an everlasting topic in the public media. Global poverty, natural disasters, environmental and social crises, refugees, epidemic diseases are all in our daily newspapers, TV s and networks. I decided to explore this topic as my thesis project because I was stimulated by the reports on a series of intense earthquakes which stroke the entire world from 2008 to 2011
    • New Methods To Manage Design Firms

      Yousaf, Mohammed (2012-05)
      As a child, I lived in a small city in Jordan called Irbid, where a lot of people knew each other, and I would wake up to my family chatting in the morning. When I was 18 years old, I left my country for the first time to visit Syria. It was very nice to get to know a different culture; it gave me a new perspective on communication. After that I started travelling a lot
    • Plato's Shadows

      Tice, Jackie (2012-04-27)
      Plato described reality as akin to being chained facing a cave walL Reality was behind you where you could not see and was related to you only by the shadows it cast before you. The question of what constitutes reality is a debate that has raged since Plato's time,and continues today. Bacon stated, "Those who aspire not to guess and divine, but to discover and know; who propose not to devise fabulous words of their own, but to examine and dissect the nature of this very world itself, must go to the facts themselves for everything
    • The Other I

      Snyder, Andrew (2012-04)
      I have always been interested in the idea of duality. By this I am referring to the two sides, or personalities, of a person, the side that is presented to the world, and the side that that is hidden. The term Alter Ego, which is Latin for "other I" began being used in the nineteenth century when psychologists first started diagnosing Dissociative Identity Disorder, or Multiple Personality Disorder. This disorder has the characteristics of having two or more different personalities that can take control of an individual's character1
    • Le Lux

      Simmons, Jessica (2012-04)
      This thesis will discuss the concepts and issues that surround the brand identity process in visual communication and interior architecture. Interested in the future development of the Terre Haute riverSCAPE project, the project centers around the creation of a luxury boutique hotel that would be a distinct hospitality destination along the Wabash River. Thinking deeply and creatively about the physical and mental relationships users have with an identity and the built environment I was challenged to create an emotionally responsive brand that incorporates architecture, interiors and graphic design
    • The Arboreal Me

      Prato, Rebecca (2012-04-11)
      A tree can be a metaphor for a cycle; in this respect it is also a metaphor for change, as a tree itself is in a constant state of metamorphosis whether or not it is visible to the naked eye. The tree is steady, always growing and changing in order to adapt and to survive in its surroundings. To the unobservant viewer it will seem as if nothing has occmTed, we see a tree only as its top layer. To the ones that truly look, however, there is always something new to see, which feeds into my philosophy that things are never what they seem on the surface. That is to say there is always more to what one looks at than what one actually sees
    • Ozonexus

      Pothumarthi, Kartheeka (2012-04-26)
      I love nature. I had a very strong connection with nature from my childhood. Most of my childhood was spent playing in the garden, staring at the water of a small pond near my house, collecting flowers and preserving them in thick sheets and arranging them into greeting cards. That was my first attempt to be creative and design something new. I cherish the moments where I tried to catch the butterflies (but failed to catch them), running behind the flying dandelion seeds and enjoying the warm sun rays. As years passed by my world started a rapid shift from garden to a pile of books, a computer and a mobile phone. I slowly stopped my usual visits to the garden and that small pond because I was busy finishing my homework, texting and chatting with friends