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    What Middletown Read Database File
    (2023-09-11) Faust, Bradley; Connolly, James; Ball State University; University Libraries; Center for Middletown Studies
    "What Middletown Read" is a database and search engine built upon the circulation records of the Muncie (Indiana) Public Library from November 5, 1891 through December 3, 1902. It documents every book that every library patron borrowed during that period, with the exception of one gap from May 28, 1892 to November 5, 1894.. You can access the system at https://lib.bsu.edu/wmr/.
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    Examining temporal variation in fish assemblage in response to land use
    (2023-05) Duran, Blaik; Pyron, Mark
    Humans have significantly impacted river systems. These impacts include long-term changes in the hydrological regimes of watersheds associated with changes in land use. Research shows that fish assemblages are modified in response to these changes. For this study, we examined whether fish assemblages were modified by anthropogenic land use. We hypothesized that fish assemblages with significant taxonomic and functional structure shifts would occur in watersheds where urban and agricultural land use are most prevalent. We analyzed species abundances and functional traits for 30 watersheds in the North Carolina region using temporal data from the RivFishTIME database. Principal components analyses followed by tests for correlation with year were conducted in each watershed using taxonomic and functional trait data of fish assemblages. We then used correlation analyses to test if temporal changes of taxonomic and functional structure of fish assemblages were correlated with land use classified as urban, agricultural, or undeveloped. We found few major shifts in taxonomic and functional structure of fish assemblages for available sampling periods. Relatively low urban and agricultural land use percentages do not result in significant fish assemblage response. Understanding temporal variation of fish assemblages in relation to land use is essential when managing conservation efforts of riverine systems.
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    Cardinal SUCCESS Quarterly: Issue 2 - April 2024
    (2024-04-26) University College, Ball State University
    Welcome to the second edition of Cardinal SUCCESS Quarterly. In this edition, you will find helpful information on the work we are doing to support students experiencing academic challenges. Importantly, you will notice a shift in our terminology when referring to students who fail to meet our academic standing policies. Last fall, Ball State University made an intentional decision to move away from using criminal justice lexicon when referring to students who fail to meet satisfactory academic standing. Instead of using the term probation when referring to students who fall below a 2.0 GPA threshold, we now refer to these students as those experiencing academic warning. This change aligns with Ball State University’s efforts to be a student-ready institution committed to ensuring every student we admit feels valued, respected, and supported. The important work of Dr. Shannon Brady and her colleagues on the use of psychologically attuned communications to improve academic outcomes for students who have not made adequate academic progress during an academic term has also informed our approach. Simply put, words matter! The utilization of terms like academic probation may foster traumatic experiences which may be particularly acute for Black and Brown students who face racial bias, microaggressions, and subtractive experiences. It may also create traumatic experiences for students who have been exposed to the criminal justice system. Boretz (2021) argues that that “such language has an effect on underrepresented students’ sense of belonging and perceived ability to thrive as learners and future learners”1. 1. http://itwebstg.fullerton.edu/aac/Academic%20Notice%20White%20Paper%202021.pdf
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    Cardinal SUCCESS Quarterly: Issue 1 - Spring 2024
    (2024-02-06) University College, Ball State University
    Welcome to our new quarterly E-magazine, a publication that will highlight student success stories, data, and efforts at Ball State! Over the last two years, we have hosted two important summits to learn from one another more intentionally about how to best support our students and their academic successes. We are now launching Cardinal S.U.C.C.E.S.S.—Sustained University-wide Campus Conversations on Equity and Student Success. This publication is your one-stop shop for all the latest news regarding student success and is designed to keep you informed on the latest trends, and developments in the world of student success at Ball State and in higher education. As you know, there are many student success efforts underway at every level at Ball State to support educational opportunities and close opportunity and outcome gaps. We are committed to providing our students with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to achieve success in all of their endeavors. As we continue to mature in our strategic student success work, my hope is that our sustained conversations about equity and student success will allow us to reach more students in ways that are authentic and meaningful.
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    A study in school accreditation and student outcomes
    (2023-05) Malasto, Judith; Salloum, Serena
    Accreditation holds a place within accountability systems as a mechanism to evaluate quality that leads to the practices that certify credentials. In K-12 school district these credentials manifest in curriculum, instruction, standards, and ultimately the certifying of credits that lead to receipt of a diploma. School district leadership would find it important to make a well-informed decision on the process used to complete accreditation as there is potential impact on student outcomes and investment of time and talent by stakeholders in the process. Public K-12 school districts in Indiana have the option to utilize a third-party accreditation agency as part of the accountability process. Accountability and school accreditation are necessary tasks as outlined by federal and state statute. The purpose of this quantitative, correlational study was to examine if there is a significant difference in student outcomes between public K-12 school districts that have completed a formal accreditation process utilizing a third-party agency and those public K-12 school districts that have utilized internal processes for accreditation. Archival data, found on the Indiana Department of Education data warehouse, was used to examine the relationship of student outcomes when considering use of a third-party accreditation agency (Indiana Department of Education, 2022e). Cognia was used as the accreditation agency for this study. Results of the study suggest that the key variable in this study, Cognia status, does not have a significant relationship with achievement when considering assessment scores, attendance rates, and graduation rates.

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