NILIE Research

PACE Research
National Religious Diversity Study Research (CRSCS & IDEALS)

PACE Research

PACE staff regularly conduct research in relation to the PACE survey, the PACE subscales, and the clients we serve. Past and/or current research includes methodological investigations related to survey best practices, research on institutional climate at community colleges, and research on key issues facing community colleges.

Sample PACE Research Topics:
Climate Perceptions of Community College Staff and Faculty 
Alessandra Dinin and Katie Ratterree
Presented at the 2015 Association for Institutional (AIR) Annual Forum

Understanding Nonresponse in a Community College Faculty and Staff Survey
Paul D. Umbach, Alessandra Dinin, & Jingjing Zhang
Presented at the 2014 Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Annual Forum

In addition to staff research, graduate students across the globe utilize the PACE survey and NILIE data to conduct research that is often utilized for doctoral dissertations and published papers. The following are samples of graduate student research utilizing the PACE survey and NILIE data.

The Relationship Between Organizational Communication and Campus Climate as an Indicator of Organizational Effectiveness
Kelly Lynch McKenzie

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Administrative, Faculty, and Staff Perceptions of Organizational Climate and Commitment in Christian Higher Education
John Charles Thomas

Open Ended Comments: To Require or Not To Require?
Reanna M. Poncheri & Lori Foster Thompson

Administrative, Faculty, and Staff Perceptions of Organizational Climate and Commitment in Christian Higher Education
John Charles Thomas

Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education: Factor Analysis of The Personal Assessment of College Environment Survey Instrument
Fernanda Simone Tiu

Best Practices for Improving Community College Climate: The Role of Leadership
Presented at the North Carolina State University Graduate Student Research Symposium and the Department of Adult and Higher Education Research Symposium

The Female Advantage: Playing to Your Strengths
Presented at the Women in Leadership Development conference at Duke University

National Religious Diversity Study Research (CRSCS & IDEALS)

Research associated with the national findings of the Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey (CRSCS) has been presented at national conferences and published in national journals.

Recent publications include:

  • Mayhew, M. J., & Rockenbach, A. N., Bowman, N. A. (in press). The connection between interfaith engagement and self-authored worldview commitment. Journal of College Student Development.
  • Rockenbach, A. N., Mayhew, M. J., & Bowman, N. A. (in press). Perceptions of the campus climate for non-religious students. Journal of College Student Development.
  • Bowman, N. A., Rockenbach, A. N., & Mayhew, M. J. (2015). Campus religious/worldview climate, institutional religious affiliation, and student engagement. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 52(1), 1-14.
  • Bryant Rockenbach, A. N., & Mayhew, M. J. (2014). The campus spiritual climate: Predictors of satisfaction among students with diverse worldviews. Journal of College Student Development, 55, 41-62.
  • Mayhew, M. J., Bowman, N. A., & Bryant Rockenbach, A. (2014). Silencing whom? Linking campus climates for religious, spiritual, and worldview diversity to student worldviews. Journal of Higher Education, 85, 219-245.
  • Bryant Rockenbach, A. N., & Mayhew, M. J. (2013). How the collegiate religious and spiritual climate shapes students’ ecumenical orientation. Research in Higher Education, 54, 461-479.
  • Mayhew, M. J., & Bryant Rockenbach, A. N. (2012). Achievement or arrest? The influence of the collegiate religious and spiritual climate on students’ worldview commitment. Research in Higher Education, 54, 63-84.

Recent presentations include:

  • Mayhew, M. J., Rockenbach, A. N., Correia, B., & Glass Perez, K. (2015, January). Cooperation in a pluralistic world: A national study of college students’ engagement with religious diversity. Session presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C.
  • Rockenbach, A. N., Mayhew, M. J., Baxter, K., Correia, B., & Rine, P. J. (2014, November). Measuring college students’ interfaith cooperation and learning. Symposium presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Washington, D.C.
  • Rockenbach, A. N., Mayhew, M. J., Crandall, R., Morin, S., & Selznick, B. (2014, April). Fostering the pluralism orientation of college students through interfaith action and informal peer engagement. Paper presented at the American College Personnel Association, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Bowman, N. A., Mayhew, M. J., & Bryant Rockenbach, A. N. (2013, April). Students’ religious affiliation, institutional characteristics, and college experiences. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. 11
  • Bryant Rockenbach, A. N., Mayhew, M. J., Bowman, N. A. (2013, April). Perceptions of the campus climate for non-religious students. Roundtable presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.