Administrator completes doctoral degree

Kim Case, associate dean for student development and student programs at Northwestern College, has earned a doctoral degree from Azusa Pacific University after successfully defending her dissertation Jan. 27. She will be awarded a Ph.D. in higher education, with a concentration in student success, during commencement ceremonies at Azusa on July 30.

Case’s dissertation is entitled “A Gendered Perspective on the Predictors of Student Involvement in Collegiate Clubs and Organizations.” Studies have shown such involvement has a positive impact on student learning and development, but male students often have lower participation rates in many co-curricular activities. Case’s study joins other scholarship focused on understanding gender gaps in higher education. Her research investigated the variables that predict men’s and women’s co-curricular involvement.

A graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., Case earned a master’s degree in Christian education from Asbury Theological Seminary. She worked as director of Christian education for an Indiana church before joining Taylor University in Upland, Ind., as a residence hall director. She also served as Taylor’s director of wellness programming for five years before accepting the role of director of student programs at Northwestern College in 1995.

Case has been a member of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. She is active in the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD), for which she has served on its executive committee and as a workshop presenter at its annual conferences.