The present study discusses how teaching methods based on Dweck’s work with implicit theories of intelligence may benefit low-income classroom practices. Past research has experimentally manipulated students’ incremental theories in the short term through praise and in the long term through brain-change oriented instructional interventions. An increase in learning goals and academic achievement has been associated with incremental, or flexible, views of intelligence. This research implemented a four-week literature-based classroom intervention for third grade students to increase incremental mindsets. No relationship was found between condition and theory of intelligence, active engagement strategies, or internal motivation. Post hoc analyses and discussion of limitations offer recommendations for future interventions.
Business has transformed drastically over the past several decades and teamwork is now essential in almost every work environment. Working in teams requires a new set of soft skills that help individuals perceive and relate to the emotions of themselves and others. These types of skills, and others related to emotional processing, are called emotional intelligence. As businesses transition to virtual work teams, there is a more pressing need for emotional intelligence skills. Virtual teams suffer from a lack of trust, which emotionally intelligent individuals may be able to restore. This paper investigated the impact of emotional intelligence on virtual team performance using an experimental design. Undergraduate students were sorted into high and low emotional intelligence teams and performed the Johnson and Johnson Winter Survival Task using chat room technology to simulate a virtual team. While the results of the study did not support the hypothesis that emotional intelligence has a significant impact on the performance of virtual teams, the study adds a new experimental design to the current literature basis and provides unique insights for future research.
The world is attempting to become more sustainable while at the same time enhance economic and social wellbeing. Part of this movement is the support of consumer interest in small local farms. Through a contingent valuation we see that Virginia consumers are willing to pay an average premium of about 20% for in-state produce and animal products. Results show that 58% of Virginia consumers are willing to purchase in-state produce and 59% are willing to purchase in-state animal products at the 20% premium. Consumers are willing to pay more for local goods depending on certain demographics and personal preferences. Premiums for local products are subjective to gender, age, income, residential location, certain perceptions of local products, and other important factors. Our findings from analyzing these variables show that farming locally can be beneficial for the consumers, producers, local economy, and the environment.
The efficient market hypothesis fails to fully explain market behavior. Behavioral economics is a new field that contributes insights to stock market analysis. Throughout history there have been many panics and crashes, with the most recent one being the 2008 housing bubble. This thesis seeks to find evidence and explain, through behavioral economic theory, why investors panic and behave irrationally to bad news. It will utilize the asymmetric utility function along with other behavioral economic theory to find evidence through the market reaction to good quarterly earnings reports and bad quarterly earnings reports. This thesis hopes to show that good news and bad news of equal magnitude result in different reactions in the stock market, as measured through share price and trading volume.
When a movie comes out it has ex post and ex ante factors. Ex ante factors describe the movie variables that exist before a movie is released. These include the size of the movie’s budget, how many theaters the movie opens up in, whether or not the movie is a sequel, how much buzz is surrounding the movie, what actors are appearing in the movie, when the movie comes out, what rating the movie has, and what genre the movie is. The ex post factors describe variables that exist after a movie is released. These include the awards a movie wins or is nominated for, how the movie is received by normal viewers, and how the movie is received by professional critics. The ex ante factors contribute to the hype that a movie has. A movie that has high ex ante factors is a lot of buzz surrounding it and is a likely big flashy movie that looks good. The ex post factors contribute to the quality of a movie. A movie with high ex post is recognized by the community to have artistic quality. I want to see whether ex post factors or ex ante factors are more important to a movie’s box office success. This will answer the question of whether it is more important for a movie to look or for it be good for the movie to be successful at the box office.
This thesis suggests that certain characteristics make victims of domestic violence and sexual assault more or less likely to seek a Temporary Protection Order (TPO). In Colorado Springs, CO, the annual number of sexual assaults is exceptionally high and domestic violence incidents are frequent. Using data from TESSA, the only agency that is serving victims in Colorado Springs and El Paso County, CO, this thesis examines self-reported victim characteristics in conjunction with TPO seeking behaviors. After analyzing the data with a probit regression, the results have shown that domestic violence and sexual assault are very different crimes, and that domestic violence victims and sexual assault victims display some important differences when it comes to reporting the crimes and seeking TPO’s. Victims of domestic violence are more likely to seek a protection order against an offender who was an acquaintance, but victims of sexual assault are less likely to seek a protection order against an acquaintance. At the same time, all victims demonstrated some similarities in TPO reporting. TESSA clients that lived in rural locations, that had lower annual familial incomes, and that were associated with the military were less likely, to varying degrees, to seek a TPO. The results of this thesis, if combined with community awareness, engagement and cooperation, have the potential to reduce the occurrence of domestic violence and sexual assault in Colorado Springs.
The method of determining tax liability in the United States is commonly questioned by policy makers and taxpayers alike. A new trend is pointing toward the possibility of America adopting a flat taxation system. Part of what this paper hopes to examine is the utility effects experienced by taxpayers resulting from a switch from progressive taxation to the flat tax. A switch from America’s current tax system to the flat tax would leave some tax payers better off, while leaving others worse off. A simulation model was designed to investigate just who these “winners” and “losers” would be in the wake of such a change. This model combined taxpayer income across a broad range and utility functions placing differing levels of preference on leisure time and income. Each simulated taxpayer was given a pre-tax income and assigned to a taxpaying group. Taxpayers fall into four groups under the both the flat and progressive tax systems: single, head of household, married filing jointly, and married filing separately. Seven simulated taxpayers were created for each tax filing option. Next, each taxpayer’s tax liability was calculated under the progressive and flat taxes. The resulting post-tax incomes were then entered into the following utility functions: U=I1/4L3/4, U=I1/2L1/2 and U=I3/4L1/4. In each case I stands for income and L stands for leisure hours, which was held constant at 16. The resulting utility functions were then compared and the difference in taxpayer utility was noted. This simulation was conducted a second time, but this time deductions were included for both the progressive and flat taxes. The end results suggest that if standard deductions are accounted for, taxpayers from a broad range of incomes and who place different levels of preference on income and leisure all experience a gain in utility brought about by a transition to the flat tax.
A major global issue that our world faces is the dilemma of world poverty that millions of people around the world suffer with. Primarily the highest concentration of global poverty resides within the African continent. Many wealthier nations take it upon themselves to donate funds that attempt to combat this dilemma millions of people are faced with. The major issue with this outside funding is that the funds fail to achieve the goal of relieving the burden of poverty. This study will investigate the effectiveness of foreign aid and how changes in certain economic indicators affect African nations’ overall economies.
As the composition of the workforce grows to at least fifty percent women, female executives remain the exception to the rule. Facing unique obstacles in advancement, women stagnate as they move up the corporate “ladder.” Companies that lack women in the highest levels lose competitive edge, and as research emerges as to the importance of women in the executive suite, companies explore strategies for retaining and advancing females. Using case study analysis and interviews with female employees to analyze specific organizational strategies at Deloitte and General Mills, this thesis explores best practices and corporate strategies for advancing executive women. Bridging cultural and structural strategies, Deloitte and General Mills are considered two of the top companies for promoting women. These companies build strong business cases, demonstrate a commitment through action over rhetoric, create strong accountability mechanisms, maintain CEO-level advocacy and support, and drive change through continual improvement. Using these companies as models, the thesis elucidates these five themes as well as ten best practices for developing a targeted program for advancing executive women.
Los Angeles is the largest apparel manufacturing region in the United States. The purpose of this thesis is to gain an understanding of the historical, economical, social, and cultural factors that make Los Angeles the most successful apparel production region in the nation and how forthcoming changes in the apparel industry will affect the region. In order to gain an in depth understanding case study methodology is used.
This study examines record breaks in swimming in order to determine the factors of athletic success. We use a regression analysis to observe the impact of several variables on the frequency of record breaks ranging from 1969-2009. The study specifically focuses on how innovations affect records when introduced to the competitive swimming world. Proving a strong relationship between technology and record breaks, analysis of the data shows the introduction of one average new technology results in .345 new broken records. It also finds the following factors to have a positive significance on the total number of record breaks: star athletes, a nation’s accessibility to sea, and cold nations.
Research pertaining to CEO performance recognizes that a CEO’s true quality and character are most conspicuous during tough times. Ever since the economic crisis of 2008 the economy has been sluggish at best. The condition of the economy at that time provides an optimal opportunity to conduct a performance evaluation of CEOs. They sit at the helm of corporations that dictate the productivity and prosperity of our country. Their performance has an indirect effect on the socioeconomic standing of everyone else in the economy. Therefore, it is important to identify the dynamics that enable the holder of such a powerful position to be successful. Using regression analysis of data collected via a quantitative analysis of CEOs’ letters to shareholders, this thesis examines determinants of CEO success.
Innovation is a tough element to measure. It is a very strong asset to have in the business world, and businesses will do anything to get it. Innovation is a key component in technological advancement. It is difficult to determine what factors affect a particular areas innovation level. In this study, population density and other variables were examined in order to determine their affect on patent production in different cities and towns. Though population is a strong factor in regional innovation, there are other determining factors as well.
Minutes of the Colorado College Staff Council meeting held on June 14, 2011.
Portrait of 2011-2012 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Peter Stoykewych.
Portrait of 2011-2012 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Michael Boivin.
Portrait of 2011-2012 Colorado College Men's Hockey Team member, Ian Young.