Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas
University of Vermont | UVM · College of Education and Social Services

Doctor of Philosophy

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Additional affiliations
July 2008 - June 2016
Claremont Graduate University
Position
  • Head of Faculty
July 2003 - June 2008
University of Georgia
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

Publications

Publications (51)
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A social network paradigm provides a unique way of understanding student integration. Integration, in a structural sense, can be measured with knowledge of the universe of students' on-campus associations. This study surveys such a universe and measures the structural aspects of student relations to assess how they affect student commitment and per...
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In this article, the idea is developed that a track is a type of social position in students' relations with particular teachers and course work during their years of schooling. Using data from High School and Beyond, the authors derived eight curricular positions from an analysis of students' profiles of course work in high school. These curricula...
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We examined the potential for institutional conflict of interest between the 26 private universities belonging to the Association of American Universities and the corporations to which they are tied through their boards of trustees. We were interested in the degree to which interlocks may have tightened over three points across an 11-year period (1...
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For more than 83 years, The Journal of Higher Education has published the highest quality empirical, theoretically grounded work addressing the main functions of higher education. This volume marks an important expansion of the Editorial Review Board at the Journal. The expansion of the Editorial Review Board represents another step in a larger pus...
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We examined the potential for institutional conflict of interest between the 26 private universities belonging to the Association of American Universities and the corporations to which they are tied through their boards of trustees. We were interested in the degree to which interlocks may have tightened over three points across an 11-year period (1...
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In this chapter, we explore the history and cultural context of an important but little studied population in higher education, Native Hawaiians. On an applied level, the study of Native Hawaiian access and success in higher education may help to better document their condition and suggest useful ways for closing the durable gaps in attainment. On...
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Issues concerning higher education today (e.g., rising costs, declining public trust, changing state economics) have created new demands for postsecondary institutions to demonstrate their productivity. We examine whether differences in states' political cultures (i.e., underlying traditions, values, and public policy choices) are reflected in vari...
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This is the first book to demonstrate how to use the multilevel and longitudinal modeling techniques available in IBM SPSS Version 18. The authors tap the power of SPSS's Mixed Models routine to provide an elegant and accessible approach to these models. Readers who have learned statistics using this software will no longer have to adapt to a new p...
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This study investigates the relationship among college quality, earnings, and job satisfaction among a recent cohort of college graduates. Our results suggest that, controlling for earnings, college quality is negatively related to job satisfaction, especially to those aspects of the job that are associated with monetary rewards. Further analysis i...
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RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES RECEIVE INCREASING amounts of income from intellectual property, which makes institutional conflict of interest (ICOI) policies increasingly important. We analyzed the content and scope of ICOI policies at 60 research universities in the U.S. Association of American Universities. In particular, we focused on the following cate...
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This study draws on data from descriptive case studies of 15 high schools, three in each of five states. The findings highlight constraints in the availability of college counseling, differences in the availability of college counseling across schools, and the influence of schools, districts, higher education institutions, and states on the availab...
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Over the past four decades, policymakers have developed numerous policies and programs with the goal of increasing college enrollment. A simple Google search of the phrase "college access program" generates 226,000,000 hits. Entering the same terms into the search engine on the U.S. Department of Education's Web site generates 500 hits. Despite the...
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Over the past fifty years, federal and state governments, colleges and universities, and other organizations have developed and supported numerous policies and practices that are designed to promote student success. Among the most extensive and visible efforts are the federally sponsored programs established under the Higher Education Act of 1965,...
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This study explores the ways that state high school testing policies shape college opportunity among students attending 15 high schools in five states. The authors use multiple descriptive case studies to explore how testing policies influence key predictors of college enrollment (e.g., high school graduation, academic preparation, knowledge, and i...
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Lost in student research of the last three decades is the effort to depict and understand the student experience and the students’ role in creating it. That students create a culture or cultures, and that such cultures crystallize collective and individual student identities, has largely disappeared as an identifiable theme in contemporary research...
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This study empirically examines the changing nature of linkages between 20 of the United States's most productive research universities and the corporate world by comparing the number and nature of simultaneous memberships on the boards of trustees of these institutions and the boards of directors of some of the nation's largest corporate entities...
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Policymakers, practitioners, and scholars have directed tremendous attention to the goal of improving “student success.” Based on a review of largely discrete existing bodies of literature, this report proposes an overarching framework that policymakers, practitioners, and researchers can use to develop, implement, and evaluate policies and practic...
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Efforts to reduce the stratification of educational opportunity are likely to be met by actions that are designed to maintain class distinctions (Oakes, Rogers, Lipton, and Morrell, 2002). Specifically, middle-and upper-income families will likely respond to initiatives that refocus public resources toward individuals from lower-income families by...
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Institutional researchers frequently use national datasets such as those provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The authors of this chapter explore the adjustments required when analyzing NCES data collected using complex sample designs.
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This paper examines the impact of college quality and academic major on the earnings of a nationally representative sample of baccalaureate recipients. We extend previous work in this area by analyzing the magnitude of change in the influence of these factors at two points in the early career of these graduates. Our results demonstrate that, despit...
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While forms of tracking have drawn attention for many years, researchers have more recently turned their attention to the courses students take, the teaching that goes on within them, and the peer friendships formed as factors that affect students' educational experiences and post-high school aspirations. This study examines the phenomenon of stude...
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The emergence of a truly globalized economy has had far-reaching consequences for labor and training in the United States. Among the more visible impacts of this new economy are expanding participation in postsecondary education and a corresponding growth in the number of colleges and universities offering baccalaureate degrees. While this expansio...
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This study uses a nationally representative sample of baccalaureate recipients—4 years after graduation—to assess the effects of college selectivity and control on earnings and indebtedness related to undergraduate education. After controlling for salient background, education, and labor market characteristics there is strong evidence of a substant...
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Sir Francis Galton (1885) introduced the idea of “regression” to the research community in a study examining the relationship of fathers’ and sons’ heights. In his study he observed that sons do not tend toward their fathers’ heights but instead “regress to” the mean of the population. He thus formulated the idea of “regression toward mediocrity”,...
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Most large-scale secondary data sets used in higher education research (e.g., NPSAS or BPS) are constructed using complex survey sample designs where the population of interest is stratified on a number of dimensions and oversampled within certain of these strata. Moreover, these complex sample designs often cluster lower level units (e.g., student...
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Two major models of resource allocation were tested to determine which best explained allocation of state dollars. Using multiple regression, we showed that departments characterized by (male), full-time faculty, graduate degrees, and grants and contracts tend to be more highly resourced than those characterized by (female) faculty, high (female) a...
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This article examines the mix of first-year earnings and college related indebtedness in the context of institutional quality, academic performance, and major. I first use data from Baccalaureate and Beyond, a national sample of recent college graduates, to provide an updated description of the earnings distribution of full-time workers from a numb...
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This paper considers the relationship between admissions criteria and subsequent academic performance in a university-level special study program, using the example of study abroad. The University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP), perhaps the largest single study abroad entity, provides the data and institutional setting for this study....
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This paper estimates the impact of three types of qualitative differences in college experiences on the earnings of recent college graduates — college major, school quality and educational performance. The analysis is based on a new statistical technique, known as hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), which distinguishes more precisely between the ef...

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