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EDU586: Foundations of American Higher Education

EDU586: Week 6 – Final Paper

Week 6 – Final Paper

Analysis Review

[WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]

The final paper for this course is an Analysis Review assignment. Throughout this course, you have analyzed and discussed the history and policy formation in higher education regarding your selected topic and research question at the institutional and national level, as well as leadership, national and state regulation laws, and current events. For this final assignment, you will create an analysis review based on the findings of the research reviewed during Weeks 2 through 5 in this course.

The purpose of an analysis review is to summarize what is known about and what research has been completed and published regarding a specific topic or research question. An analysis review is more than reporting what you have read and understood. It requires that you read and think critically, and analyze what has been written about the topic. Completing an analysis review will allow you to better understand the controversies surrounding the topic, research question, and/or point you have selected, and identify gaps—i.e., what has been neglected in the literature.

Review the Ashford Writing Center’s Summary vs Analysis (Links to an external site.) resource for a step-by-step approach to drafting your analysis review and an example, which specifies and illustrates what content is required for each section.

Your analysis review should address each of the following requirements:

  • Provide a revised historical timeline, which was submitted as the Week 1 assignment, based on feedback from your instructor and learning subsequent to the original timeline assignment. This final version of the timeline should include no fewer than 10 events or milestones that are relevant to, and integrated with, your analysis review.
  • Describe your chosen topic, including an identification and explication of your research question or point.
  • Organize the body of your analysis review according to the following topics: History of Higher Education (Week 2), Policy Formation/ National and Local laws (Week 3), Leadership (Week 4), and Current Events (Week 5). Organize the body using level headings as specified in the Ashford Writing Center resource on APA Style Elements (Links to an external site.).
  • Conclude by reflecting on the relationship between the topic of the analysis review and the focus of your area of interest.

Written Communication

Optional: Submit Your Analysis Review to the Ashford Writing Center on or before Day 5 (Saturday).

As part of this assignment, you can submit first to the Ashford Writing Center and then to Waypoint for your instructor.

  • By Day 5, submit your assignment to the Ashford Writing CenterFollow the instructions found on the Ashford Writing Center Paper Review (Links to an external site.)
  • The Ashford Writing Center will provide feedback within 24 hours of submission.
  • The Ashford Writing Center will include a tracking number beginning with “NTP” at the top of your reviewed paper. Add this tracking number to the top of your assignment.

Review and Submit the Assignment to Waypoint. Next, revise your paper based on the feedback received from the Ashford Writing Center, then submit the final draft to Waypoint for evaluation no later than Day 7 of the week.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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EDU586: Week 6 – Discussion

Week 6 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday). Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Reflection [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]

This student-led and moderated discussion format provides the chance to interact with your classmates at a scholarly level regarding any of the Weeks 1 through 5 topics. The format is designed to allow for autonomy and deep exploration of the content that is meaningful to you and your peers. Your instructor will participate in the discussions to clarify details or to provide guidance, support, and/or resources.

Initial Post:

Your discussion may be generated from any topic, instructional material, resource, or assignment through all five weeks of course content. The topics must be aligned with the first two weekly learning outcomes (WLOs) specified at the beginning of this week, as follows:

  • Critically reflect on the trends and issues for the shaping of future higher education initiatives.
  • Evaluate the impact of contextual factors of the era on present day higher education.

The subject matter and approach of your initial post is open-ended and should draw on the interests and experience of the students in the course, and be related to WLOs 1 and 2 as indicated above. Your post should contain an introduction to the topic (150 to 200 words), and one or more open-ended questions.

Guided Response: You are required to substantively respond to at least three posts initiated by your peers by Day 5 (Saturday). In addition, respond by Day 7 to classmates (and/or the instructor, if applicable) who replied to your initial post. Responses should be two to three paragraphs in length. Your responses should demonstrate understanding and application of the concepts learned in this course and be written in a collegial tone with no errors in grammar usage or punctuation.

Respond by Day 5 to at least three of your classmates and respond by Day 7 to classmates (and/or the instructor if applicable) who replied to your initial post. Note that although three replies are the basic expectation, you are encouraged to post as many times as you like to any and all threads you find to be of interest. This will further the conversation while also giving you opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.

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EDU586: Week 5 – Assignment

Week 5 – Assignment

Article Review: Current Events

[WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 2]

For this assignment, you will construct your last in the series of article reviews that will help you complete your Final Paper, the Analysis Review. For this reason, be sure you have reviewed the weekly Article Review assignments and the Week 6 Analysis Review assignment to help you refine the focus of the work you want to do with your selected topic.                                

To begin this assignment, conduct a library search using key words that relate to your topic and to current events in higher education, the topic focus of this week’s materials. To get started, review the Ashford University Library video Keywords Are Critical (Links to an external site.). Focus your search to find peer-reviewed scholarly articles that address the types of questions and issues you find most interesting and important. Then read several abstracts and choose one peer reviewed article that is best aligned with your topic, the week’s focus, and your interests.

In your paper, address the following items:

  • Provide a full APA citation for the article you are reviewing.
  • Provide a brief introduction in which you discuss the background of the study and state the author’s purpose.
  • Briefly summarize the author’s major ideas, concepts, and key points.
  • Explain how the article informs and contributes to the analysis of your chosen topic. Were any previous ideas you had on the subject changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this article?

Written Communication

Optional: Review and Submit the Assignment to the Ashford Writing Center

By Day 5, review your assignment with the Grading Rubric to be sure you have achieved the distinguished levels of performance for each criterion. Once you have finished, submit your assignment to the Ashford Writing Center. To learn how to submit (and retrieve) your paper, see the Ashford Writing Center’s Paper Review (Links to an external site.) guide.

Review and Submit the Assignment to Waypoint. Next, revise your paper based on the feedback received from the Ashford Writing Center, then submit the final draft to Waypoint for evaluation no later than Day 7 of the week.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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EDU586: Week 5 – Discussion 2

Week 5 – Discussion 2

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday). Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Analysis Review Summary [WLOs: 1, 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]

Use the guidelines below to create an introduction and summary for your Analysis Review, the final paper for this course due in Week 6. Your Analysis Review Summary should include the following elements:

Introduction

  • Explain your chosen topic including an identification of the topic category and an explanation of relevant details, issues, and questions.
  • Explain your reasons for reviewing the literature on your topic; explain your stance on the topic.

Body

  • Your summary should be organized according to the weekly themes you explored over the last five weeks, as follows: History of Higher Education (Week 2), Policy Formation and National and Local Law (Week 3), Leadership (Week 4), and Current Events (Week 5). Organize your summary using level headings as explained in the APA Style Elements (Links to an external site.)
  • Summarize the key findings from your inquiry on the chosen topic.
  • Identify any gaps or flaws in the research, theories, or findings in your area of study and offer suggestions on how these could be addressed.
  • Evaluate current thinking on the topic as it relates to the five themes of this course.

Conclusion

  • Conclude by providing insight into the relationship between the topic of the Analysis Review and the focus of your area of interest.

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts and respond to at least one noting that you are reviewing their work. Choose a peer who does not have a reviewer. Provide your initial response by Day 3 (Thursday).  By Day 5 (Saturday) submit a review of your classmates’ work using the rubric from the final assignment. Sustained interaction with peers and the instructor will further the conversation while giving you opportunities to further demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.

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EDU586: Week 5 – Discussion 1

Week 5 – Discussion 1

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday). Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Current Events [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 2]

For this discussion, use a daily newspaper, a website news report, or listen to the nightly news to identify and discuss one or more current events or issues that have implications for the health of higher education and are relevant to the topic you have selected for your Article Review and Analysis Review assignments. Your discussion should cite policies (federal, local, and state) that impact educational trends today. Make sure to cite your news source in APA style, both in text as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s resource on Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) and in the references section of your discussion posting as outlined in the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center.

Guided Response: Compare your peers’ analyses of current events to your own and suggest additional ways that educational practice and policy may be impacted. Ask your peers to clarify any statements that are confusing by providing an example to illustrate their ideas. In turn, provide your peers with policy suggestions that will address the trends and soften any negative impacts on higher education.

Provide your initial response by Day 3 (Thursday) and respond by Day 5 (Saturday) to at least three of your classmates and respond by Day 7 to classmates (and/or the instructor if applicable) who replied to your initial post. Note that although three replies are the basic expectation, you are encouraged to post as many times as you like to any and all threads you find to be of interest. This will further the conversation while also giving you opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.

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EDU586: Week 4 – Assignment

Week 4 – Assignment

Article Review: Leadership

[WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 3]

For this assignment, you will continue constructing the series of article reviews that will help you complete your final assignment, the Analysis Review. For this reason, be sure you have reviewed the weekly Article Review assignments and the Week 6 Analysis Review assignment to help you refine the focus of the work you want to do with your selected topic.

To begin this assignment, conduct a library search using key words that relate to your topic and to leadership in higher education, the topic focus of this week’s materials. To get started, review the Ashford University Library video Keywords Are Critical (Links to an external site.). Focus your search to find peer-reviewed scholarly articles that address the types of questions and issues you find most interesting and important. Then read several abstracts and choose one peer reviewed article that is best aligned with your topic, the week’s focus, and your interests.

In your paper, address the following items:

  • Provide a full APA citation for the article you are reviewing.
  • Provide a brief introduction in which you discuss the background of the study and state the author’s purpose.
  • Briefly summarize the author’s major ideas, concepts, and key points.
  • Explain how the article informs and contributes to the analysis of your chosen topic. Were any previous ideas you had on the subject changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this article?

Written Communication

Optional: Review and Submit the Assignment to the Ashford Writing Center

By Day 5, review your assignment with the Grading Rubric to be sure you have achieved the distinguished levels of performance for each criterion. Once you have finished, submit your assignment to the Ashford Writing Center. To learn how to submit (and retrieve) your paper, see the Ashford Writing Center’s Paper Review (Links to an external site.) guide.

Review and Submit the Assignment to Waypoint. Next, revise your paper based on the feedback received from the Ashford Writing Center, then submit the final draft to Waypoint for evaluation no later than Day 7 of the week.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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EDU586: Week 4 – Discussion

Week 4 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday). Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Change Agent [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 3]

A change agent is a leader who inspires others to make changes in the organization by defining, supporting, and having the courage to do what is best for the particular setting. Being an effective leader who successfully implements change in an organization can be challenging; it requires respecting one another’s ideas and values.

For this discussion, imagine you are selected from a pool of applicants to participate in a distinguished conference on leadership strategies in higher education. At the conference, you will present a visual compilation of your research and findings on the topic you have selected for the Article Review and Analysis Review assignments in this course as they relate to leadership and change agency.

For this imaginary conference (and for this discussion forum), create a video presentation no more than 5 minutes in length that includes the following main elements:

  • Describe and assess three leadership and motivational themes relating to your topic.
  • Support and illustrate your thinking on the materials you present by describing your experience relating to ways that leadership and motivational traits are represented in higher education.

Be sure to design the presentation so that it is professional in appearance and therefore appropriate for a presentation at the conference session. Attach the video to your initial post.

Guided Response: Review the videos created and posted to the discussion board by your classmates, providing constructive feedback regarding the themes introduced and analyses provided. Also comment on how your experience in organizational settings supports or qualifies the assessments offered and illuminates the experiences cited by your peers.                                                                                                                 

Provide your initial response by Day 3 (Thursday) and respond by Day 5 (Saturday) to at least three of your classmates and respond by Day 7 to classmates (and/or the instructor if applicable) who replied to your initial post. Note that although three replies are the basic expectation, you are encouraged to post as many times as you like to any and all threads you find to be of interest. This will further the conversation while also giving you opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.

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EDU586: Week 3 – Assignment

Week 3 – Assignment

Article Review: Policy and National and Local Laws

[WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]

For this assignment, you will continue constructing the series of article reviews that will help you complete your final assignment, the Analysis Review. Once again, it is recommended that you review the weekly Article Review assignments and the Week 6 Analysis Review assignment to help you refine the focus of the work you want to do with your selected topic.             

To begin this assignment, conduct a library search using key words that relate to your topic and to higher education policy and law, the topic focus of this week’s materials. To get started, review the Ashford University Library video Keywords Are Critical (Links to an external site.). Focus your search to find peer-reviewed scholarly articles that address the types of questions and issues you find most interesting and important. Then read several abstracts and choose one peer reviewed article that is best aligned with your topic, the week’s focus, and your interests.

In your paper, address the following items:

  • Provide a full APA citation for the article you are reviewing.
  • Provide a brief introduction in which you discuss the background of the study and state the author’s purpose.
  • Briefly summarize the author’s major ideas, concepts, and key points.
  • Explain how the article informs and contributes to the analysis of your chosen topic. Were any previous ideas you had on the subject changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this article?

Written Communication

  • Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages and appendices) and formatted according to APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:

Optional: Review and Submit the Assignment to the Ashford Writing Center

By Day 5, review your assignment with the Grading Rubric to be sure you have achieved the distinguished levels of performance for each criterion. Once you have finished, submit your assignment to the Ashford Writing Center. To learn how to submit (and retrieve) your paper, see the Ashford Writing Center’s Paper Review (Links to an external site.) guide.

Review and Submit the Assignment to Waypoint. Next, revise your paper based on the feedback received from the Ashford Writing Center, then submit the final draft to Waypoint for evaluation no later than Day 7 of the week.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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EDU586: Week 3 – Discussion

Week 3 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday). Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Open-Education Movement [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]

The open-education movement associated with massive open online courses (MOOCs) has gained a lot of attention and momentum as a result of technological advances and programs first begun by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and advanced by other institutions such as Google, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mozilla, and the Open Courseware Consortium. Technology has moved learning that occurs exclusively or mainly inside the classroom to learning practically anywhere at any time. Many companies and organizations (including the military) want their new hires to possess college degrees, but not everyone can attend a traditional college. Open education allows anyone in any location to learn what he or she wants and needs to know to be successful.

For this discussion, complete the following:

  • State the topic you have chosen for this course (selected in Week 1 Topic Discussion).
  • Based on your reading of The Open Education Movement: Is This the Future of Education?, which is required for this week, how does this movement fit with the original historical purpose of higher education and the history of your identified topic for this course?
  • What changes or trends do you see immediately impacting higher education teaching and learning environment as a result of open education?
  • Discuss the correlation or possible conflict (laws and state or federal regulations) between your chosen topic and the open-education movement. How do these two topics intersect?

Guided Response: Provide feedback on the pros, cons, and challenges associated with the proliferation of platforms that enable individuals to learn anything, anywhere, at any time when given access to the Internet.

Provide your initial response by Day 3 (Thursday) and respond by Day 5 (Saturday) to at least three of your classmates and respond by Day 7 to classmates (and/or the instructor if applicable) who replied to your initial post. Note that although three replies are the basic expectation, you are encouraged to post as many times as you like to any and all threads you find to be of interest. This will further the conversation while also giving you opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.

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EDU586: Week 2 – Assignment

Week 2 – Assignment

Article Review: History of Higher Education

[WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 3]

For this assignment, you will begin constructing the series of article reviews that will help you complete your final assignment, the Analysis Review, which is built from weekly assignments (including this one) and based on the topic you chose in the Week 1 Topic Selection discussion. For this reason, be sure you have reviewed the Weeks 2 through 5 Article Review assignments and the Week 6 Analysis Review assignment to give you an idea of the sort of work you want to do with your selected topic.

To begin this assignment, conduct a library search using key words that relate to your topic and the history of higher education, the topic focus of this week’s materials. To get started, review the Ashford University Library video Keywords Are Critical (Links to an external site.). Focus your search to find peer-reviewed scholarly articles that address the types of questions and issues you find most interesting and important. Then read several abstracts and choose one peer reviewed article that is best aligned with your topic, the week’s focus, and your interests.

In your paper, address the following items:

  • Provide a full APA citation for the article you are reviewing.
  • Provide a brief introduction in which you discuss the background of the study and state the author’s purpose.
  • Briefly summarize the author’s major ideas, concepts, and key points.
  • Explain how the article informs and contributes to the analysis of your chosen topic. Were any previous ideas you had on the subject changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this article?

Written Communication

Optional: Review and Submit the Assignment to the Ashford Writing Center

By Day 5, review your assignment with the Grading Rubric to be sure you have achieved the distinguished levels of performance for each criterion. Once you have finished, submit your assignment to the Ashford Writing Center. To learn how to submit (and retrieve) your paper, see the Ashford Writing Center’s Paper Review (Links to an external site.) guide.                                                                                                                     

Review and Submit the Assignment to Waypoint. Next, revise your paper based on the feedback received from the Ashford Writing Center, then submit the final draft to Waypoint for evaluation no later than Day 7 of the week.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.