Stefano Fiorini

Stefano Fiorini
Indiana University Bloomington | IUB · Research and Analytics -- Office of Institutional Analytics - UITS

PhD

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Introduction
I am an Anthropologist at Indiana University. My main focus is on analytical approaches to institutional assessment and change. This is realized by placing stakeholders at the center of the research and evaluation – via participatory approaches and action research – providing holistic characterizations of core practices and policies defining institutions. My research often uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection and analysis.

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Publications (26)
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Approximately 2 million students take Advanced Placement (AP) examinations annually. However, departmental policies that allow students to replace introductory courses with AP credit greatly vary within and across universities, even across relatively similar universities. This study examines the impact of AP credit policies on second‐course success...
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The spread of COVID-19 has caused major disruptions in the higher education space, and colleges and universities faced difficult decisions on how to reopen their campuses. At Indiana University Bloomington, student exposure to other students was reduced by leveraging the existing academic calendar and strategically managing course enrollment networ...
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Approximately two million students take Advanced Placement (AP) examinations annually. However, departmental policies that allow students to replace introductory courses with AP credit greatly vary within and across universities, even across relatively similar universities. This study examines the impact of AP credit policies on subsequent course s...
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Network analysis simulations were used to guide decision-makers while configuring instructional spaces on our campus during COVID-19. Course enrollment data were utilized to estimate metrics of student-to-student contact under various instruction mode scenarios. Campus administrators developed recommendations based on these metrics; examples of lea...
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This study assesses the impact of a required course designed to retain and graduate students placed on Academic Probation. We adopted a quantitative approach to this inquiry. We found that students who took the class were approximately 20% more likely to persist and graduate compared to students placed on probation who did not take the course. Furt...
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Remedial college courses generate tuition and fit neatly into existing course structures. But they often fail to deliver access and success in foundational “gateway” undergraduate courses. Because under-represented minorities are over-represented in these courses, remedial courses obstruct equitable access and success. Schools are increasingly turn...
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Post-secondary institutions are rapidly adopting Learning Analytics as a means for enhancing student success using a variety of implementation strategies, such as, small-scale, large-scale, vended products. In this paper, we discuss the creation and evolution of our novel Student Learning Analytics Fellows (SLAF) program comprised of faculty and st...
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Advisors assist students in developing successful course pathways through the curriculum. The purpose of this project is to augment advisor institutional and tacit knowledge with knowledge from predictive algorithms (i.e., Matrix Factorization and Classifiers) specifically developed to identify risk. We use a participatory action research approach...
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Significant gendered performance differences are signals of systemic inequity in higher education. Understanding of these inequities has been hampered by the local nature of prior studies; consistent measures of performance disparity across many disciplines and institutions have not been available. Here, we report the first wide-ranging, multi-inst...
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Though the importance of coppicing for the conservation of forest biodiversity is acknowledged, little is known about flora diversity and how it may be affected by the perceptions, constraints and regulations governing how loggers choose to exploit forest resources. Building on previous research on coppiced forests in the central Italian Apennines,...
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This research focuses on using NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) responses to predict student academic success. The analysis is based on 16,630 Indiana University - Bloomington first-year beginner students and seniors who completed the NSSE survey administered from 2006-2012. Logistic regression and linear regression on student backgroun...
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Collaborative management is a widely accepted means of resolving conflict amongst natural resource stakeholders. Power sharing is central to most conceptualizations of collaboration, but theoretical insights about power are only rarely used to interrogate collaborative processes. Agenda-setting theory was used to analyse cases of collaborative deer...
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Natural resource management is a dynamic and adaptive science that responds to changes in the social, economic, and ecological factors pertaining to the managed resource(s). It requires and involves interactions and mediations at different spatial scales and of different knowledge pools and stakes. Participatory approaches can facilitate these inte...
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"In Britain, wild deer can be conceptualised as a commons, although a complex institutional structure - founded largely upon land- ownership and notions of stalking rights - has evolved over several hundred years to regulate access to this resource. In recent decades, however, a number of socio-political, economic and ecological factors have fundam...
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This paper discusses the integration of analytical approaches and participatory techniques for planning the sustainable use of land resources and landscapes changes using two examples, from South America and from Europe. The first example considers land use in the Amazon region, and the second, the socio-economic, ecological and visual aspects of l...
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Summary • Many ecologically based wildlife-habitat models provide only limited explanations of the observed data because they do not take account of the way in which key factors driving distribution interact with local management. If models are to be credible tools for developing solutions for wildlife management, they need to integrate scientific...
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Planning the sustainable use of land resources and landscapes must be a process in which stakeholders and the public work together to establish common guidelines for understanding the options of, and the implications for, future land uses. Key aspects of this process are the establishment of meaningful knowledge bases and tools, and methodologies b...
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In the present study, we show how, through time, an ethnic mosaic and a changing social and economic context translated into intrapopulation differentiation and a change in genetic barriers between populations. Surname analysis was applied to a sample drawn from two centuries of marriage records in ten Arbereshe and nine Italian villages of souther...
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Cultural and environmental factors interact in determining the genetic structure of human populations. Bio-demographic investigations of ethnic minorities are able to disentangle the influences that these two components have on the evolution of the genetic structure of a population. The ethnic minority of the Arbëreshe of the province of Cosenza (C...
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This article reports on findings of a research project examining farmers' coping strategies in the Brazilian Amazon in response to El Niño related weather events. We examine the extent of vulnerability of small and large farmers to these events in a tropical rainforest environment. Little attention has been given to the impact of ENSO events in Ama...
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With the acceleration of European integration the changing effect on European identities has been the focus of numerous investigations concentrating on nation-states. What has been overlooked is the effect of this acceleration on those ethnic minorities of Europe that had neither the political nor the economic power to represent a threat to nationa...

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