Culminating Projects

To earn the M.Ed. in Higher Education from UNCW, each student must complete a culminating project that demonstrates their engagement in an original line of inquiry. The culminating project provides students with an opportunity to develop a unique representation of what they have learned throughout their program while also producing a product that enhances their professional profile. During their final two semesters of graduate study, each student identifies the topic for their culminating project and focuses their inquiry by completing a written review of relevant foundational and current scholarship, which subsequently informs the direction and format of their final project. Each student receives support from a Higher Education faculty advisor and upon completion of their work is cleared to graduate after successfully presenting their project to a committee of Higher Education faculty reviewers.

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Symposium Projects

Ashleigh Carroll

Creating a Trauma-Informed Approach to Academic and Student Affairs: A Study of Intimate Partner Violence Education & Intervention Among Undergraduate Students

Advisor: Dr. Kevin McClure

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Jacqueline Casner

Advising Practices for Exploratory Students

Advisor: Dr. Kevin McClure

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Essence Collins

The Significance Community and Social/Emotional Support Have on First Generation Black Student College Success

Advisor: Dr. Dames DeVita 

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Carson Crow

Eliminating “Us vs. Them”: Examining Staff Experiences with Student Housing Public-Private Relationships

Advisor: Dr. Kevin McClure

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Caroline Davis

Teaching Social Justice at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs)

Advisor: Dr. James DeVita

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Zoe Drake

Internships in the Arts

Advisor: Dr. Wilson Okello

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Jerome Garrison

Examining Veteran Student Mental Health Services at UNCW

Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Sheerer

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Milton Gore

What are Some Salient Factors to Support Black Male Students on a PWI for a Sense of Belonging?

Advisor: Dr. Wilson Okello

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Sammi Levy

The Transfer Seahawk Advising Experience

Advisor: Dr. Symphony Oxendine

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Cassidy Mills

The Exploitation of Black Student Athletes at Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Education

Advisor: Dr. Denise Henning

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Ana Morrow

Taking Flight in a New Direction: An Evaluation of the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s SOAR Ambassador Program

Advisor: Dr. Symphony Oxendine

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Monique Moye

A Closer Look at Black Male Retention at UNCW

Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Sheerer

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Allison Orman

Test-Optional Admissions Requires New Thinking

Advisor: Dr. Denise Henning

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 Tamer Oxendine

Use of Land Acknowledgements: A Space for Inclusivity

Advisor: Dr. Denise Henning

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Marissa Pearson

What are the Mental Health Experiences of Black Students Attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington?

Advisor: Dr. Wilson Okello

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 Diana Perez

The Essential Leadership Guidebook

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Ryder

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Lindsey Perry

Self-Efficacy: Correctional Education

Advisor: Dr. Wilson Okello

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  Darby Pohle

Researching and Developing a For-Credit Career & Major Exploration Course for Second-Year Students at UNCW

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Ryder

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Travis Tibbetts

Impact of Campus Recreation Programs on Academic Achievement

Advisor: Dr. Symphony Oxendine

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Eishante Wilkes

African American Women Leadership in Higher Education

Advisor: Dr. Kevin McClure

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