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  1. Alda Benavides (May 2001). "An Analysis of Key Leadership Behaviors of the Principal in High-Performing Elementary School Serving Mexican American Children in South Texas", Dr. Patrick Lynch, Chair.
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  2. Scott Hollinger (May 2001). "Involvement of Low Socioeconomic Mexican-American Parents In an Elementary School on the Texas-Mexico Border", Drs. Ben M. Harris & Karen M. Watt, Co-Chairs.
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  3. Jacques Trevino (May 2001). "Ensuring Educational Opportunity for Students with Disabilities: A Legal Analysis of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973", Dr. Patrick Lynch, Chair.
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  4. Lisa Hall Irby (May 2002). An Exploratory Analysis of Mexican-American Parental Perspectives, Home School, and Community Collaboration, Dr. Maricela Oliva, Chair.
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  5. Raquenel Sanchez-Perkins (May 2002). "Relationship Between Teachers’ Perceptions of Principal’ Leadership Behavior and Level of Work Motivation", Dr. Ralph Carlson, Chair.
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  6. Maria Cristina Quilantan (May 2002). "Mexican-American Women in Superintendency Positions", Dr. Velma Menchaca, Chair.
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  7. Diana Ramirez (May 2002). "Children of Mexican Immigrants: Negotiating School in a Two-Way Setting", Dr. Henry T. Trueba, Chair.
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  8. Alfredo Salinas (May 2002). "Hispanics in Higher Education", Dr. Elena Bastida, Chair.
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  9. Glendelia Zavala (May 2002). "The Impact of Induction Support on Retention of Alternatively Certified Teachers", Dr. Ralph Carlson, Chair.
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  10. Mary Alice Reyes (December 2002). "Academic Achievement Among 8th Grade Mexican-American Students As A Function of Attributions of Success and Failure and Socio-CulturalVariables, Dr. Ralph Carlson, Chair.
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  11. Martha Cantu (December 2002). "Teachers’ Perception of School Climate and Their Personality Traits, Dr. Ralph Carlson, Chair.
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  12. Carmen Pacheco (December 2002). "Relationship Between Teachers Personality Traits and Their Perception of School Climate, Dr. Ralph Carlson, Chair.
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  13. Michael McClure (December 2003). "Indicators of Teacher Collaboration in Texas Public High Schools, Drs. Ben M. Harris & Velma Menchaca, Co-Chairs.
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  14. Gracie Perez (December 2003). "Four Year Longitudinal Study On The Impact of Migrant Student Identification on Academic Achievement, Dr. Ralph Carlson, Chair.
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  15. Manuel Gutierrez (May 2004) " Acquiring North of the Border Culture through the Teaching/Learning Process in Spanish-Speaking Adults along U.S.-Mexico Borders", Dr. Karen Watt, Chair.
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  16. Mathew Meyers (December 2004) "Analysis of English and Spanish Academic Proficiency of Pre-Service Bilingual Teachers at a University in South Texas", Dr. Yvonne Freeman, Chair.
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  17. Richard Steele (December 2004) " Reading Instruction Practices by Teachers of Hispanic Elementary Students: A Teacher Survey of Classroom Time Spent in 25 Reading Instructional Activities", Dr. Ralph Carlson, Chair.
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  18. Melissa Martinez (May 2005) "Hispanic Teachers' Perceived Competency in Teaching Classes of Diversity is a Function of Demographic and Personality Traits", Dr. Ralph Carlson, Chair.
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  19. Rosemarie Maciel (May 2005) "Do Principals Make a Difference? An Analysis of Leadership Behaviors of Elementary Principals", Dr. Jose Llanes, Chair.
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  20. Rosalina Ruiz (May 2005) "Spiritual Dimension in Educational Leadership", Dr. Miguel Guajardo and Dr. Anita Pankake, Co-Chairs.
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  21. Sofia Valdez (May 2005) "Stakeholder Perceptions of Hearing Examiner Legislation in Texas Teacher Dismissal Cases, Dr. Elena Bastida and Dr. Karen Watt, Co-Chairs.
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  22. Tim Jordan (August 2005) "Field Force Dynamics, Policy Adoption and Educational Change: Formulating a Heuristic Model" , Dr. Frank Lutz, Chair.
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  23. Minerva Villarreal (Dec. 2005). From “Separate But Equal,” To Tracking to “Choice” Perceptions of Different Stakeholders on The Impact of Magnet Schools on High School Students, Dr. Ralph Carlson and Dr. Elena Bastida, Co-Chairs.
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  24. Beverly Ashley Fridie (August 2006) “Another Shade of Brown: A Historical Study of Brown v. Board of Education and its Impact on the Education of Mexican Americans in Edinburg, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas”, Dr. Anita Pankake, Dr. Martha Tevis, Chair.
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  25. Kathy de la Peña (December 2006) "Mothers’ Perspectives of and Participation in Individual Family Service Plan Development", Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  26. Patti Ross (Dec. 2006). "A Study of Exemplary Followership on Selected South Texas Elementary Campuses", Dr. Karen Watt, Chair.
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  27. Ava Munoz (Dec. 2006). " Woman’s Natural Field: The Effects of Mentoring on Women Central Office Administrators", Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  28. Irma Doris Mendiola (May 2007) “The Impact of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) on Mexican American High School Graduates Enrolled in Postsecondary Education ”, Dr. Karen Watt, Chair.
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  29. Aliber Lozano (May 2007) "A Comparison Study of Students' Anticipations, Aspirations, and College Preparatory Measures in Two High Schools in the Rio Grande Valley", Dr. Karen Watt, Chair.
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  30. Nereida "Nellie" Cantu (May 2007) "Science Instruction in Texas: Instructional Models for 5th Grade Students", Dr. Miguel De Los Santos, Chair.
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  31. Jesus “Chuey” Abrego (May 2008) "The Sustainability of A Professional Learning Community During Leadership Changes", Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  32. Norma Linda Gallegos (May 2008) "Student Achievement and Principals’ Professional Experience", Dr. Miguel de los Santos, Chair.
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  33. Jose A. Gonzalez (May 2008) "Measures of Leadership Style, School Climate, and Student Behavior in District Alternative Education Programs", Dr. Marie Simonsson, Chair.
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  34. Fernando Valle (May 2008) "Difficult But Not Impossible: Initiating Comprehensive High School Reform In A South Texas School District", Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  35. Jose I. Gonzalez (June 2008) "Texas Public School District Special Education Administrators' Level of Knowledge of the Characteristics of Children with Autism and Corresponding Implementation of Research-Based Teaching Methodologies", Dr Marie Simonsson, Chair.
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  36. David Bowles (July 2008) "James De Anda: A Life History", Dr. Martha Tevis, Chair; Dr. Anita Pankake, Co-Chair.
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  37. Viola Garza (July 2008) "Persistence As A Function of Social Support, GPA, Martial Status and Age in Hispanic/Mexican American Nursing Students", Dr. Ralph Carlson, Chair.
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  38. † Maria Palmira Mendiola (December 2008) "Dissertation Content and Consistency: An Historical Research Study of the Doctoral Dissertations in Education Leadership at The University of Texas - Pan American", Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  39. Rene Gutierrez (December 2008) "Factors Contributing to the Academic Achievement of Mexican-Origin Immigrant High School Students", Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  40. Jose Richard Rivera (December 2008) "The Evolution of the Inclusion of Mexican Americans in the Educational Process: A Study of the Weslaco Independent School District, 1926-2006", Dr. Martha Tevis, Chair; Dr. Anita Pankake, Co-Chair.
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  41. Antonio Uresti (December 2008) "Differences in Cultural Values and Academic Achievement of Recent Immigrant, Second and Third Generation Mexican American High School Students", Dr. Velma Menchaca, Chair.
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  42. Isaias Cesar Rodriguez (December 2008) "An Examination of Center Learning on Emergent Literacy in Bilingual Early Childhood Classrooms", Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  43. Norma "Mona" R. Parras (December 2008) "An Analysis of Key Leadership Behaviors of the Principal in a High Performing Middle School Serving Mexican-American Children in South Texas", Dr. Karen Watt, Chair.
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  44. Berta C. Ortiz Rodriguez (May 2009) "Parental Perceptions of Barriers to Conflict Resolution at the School Level Resulting in Special Education Litigation", Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  45. Ramiro Zuniga (May 2009) "Teacher Perspectives on the Current State of Computer Technology Integration into the Public School Classroom", Dr. Francisco Guajardo, Chair.
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  46. Miguel Angel Gonzalez (May 2009) "Similar Districts with Different Results: Using the Baldrige Scale to Understand Outcome Differences in Rural School Districts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley", Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  47. Eduardo Cancino (May 2009) "Use of Distractor Analysis in Evaluating Instructional Effectiveness: A Method for Diagnosing Item Error Response Patterns to Improve Teaching and Learning", Dr. Velma Menchaca, Chair.
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  48. Alejandro Garcia (August 2009) "The Development of the Elementary Principal as a Technology Leader", Dr. Martha Jeanne Yanes, Chair; Dr. Anita Pankake, Co-Chair.
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  49. Diana Villanueva (August 2009) "Factors that Contribute to Self-advocacy in Postsecondary Education Among Students with Learning Disabilities", Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair .
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  50. Annabelle Palomo (August 2009) "The Impact of Focused Tutoring and Science Lab Instruction Strategies for an Elementary School in South Texas", Dr. Miguel de los Santos, Chair.
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  51. Juan Olivo Garcia (August 2009) "Memorization Techniques: Using Mnemonics to Learn Fifth Grade Science Terms" Dr. Miguel de los Santos, Chair.
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  52. Cynthia Saldivar (December 2009) "Teacher Leadership Practices in Large Texas High Schools with Different Accountability Ratings: A Mixed Methods Study" Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  53. Cindy Hays Sadler (December 2009) "An Exploratory Investigation of Quality Staff Development and Campus Student Success" Dr. Anita Pankake, Dr. Marie Simonsson, Co-Chairs.
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  54. Mrs. Maria Filomena Leo (August 2010) "Social Networks and Beliefs of Mexican-American Parents As Predictors of Parent Involvement" Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  55. Mrs. Kathleen Neal Carroll (August 2010) "Meeting the Challenge of Educational Leadership: A Historical and Biographical Examination of Minority Women Who Have Made Major Contributions to the Education of Students in the South Texas Rio Grande Valley" Dr. Anita Pankake, Dr. Martha Tevis, Chair.
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  56. Mrs. Martina "Marti" Flores (December 2010) "An Investigation of high School Dual Enrollment Participation and Allied Health Program Enrollment in a South Texas University" Dr. Maria Simonsson, Chair.
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  57. Erica Canales (May 2011) “Reading Textbook Adoptions and Third Grade Reading TAKS Performance Differences of Reading First Participating and Non-participating Campuses” Dr. Marie Simonsson, Chair.
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  58. Beatrice R. De Leon Edwards (August 2011) “A Study of Mexican American Education in the Mercedes Independent School District, 1908-2008: Opportunities or Obstacles” Dr. Anita Pankake and Dr. Martha Tevis, Co-chairs.
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  59. Andres Martinez (August 2011) “Life Stories of Four Conjunto Musicians: Adding to the Culturally Relevant Curriculum of the Rio Grande Valle” Dr. Anita Pankake and Dr. Martha Tevis, Co-chairs
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  60. Lazaro Ramirez (December 2011) “A Study of Former Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Dropout Students: Elementary School Experiences and Their Effect on Students’ Decision to Drop Out” Dr. Francisco Guajardo, Chair
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  61. Michael Sandroussi (May 2012) “A History of the Texas Education Agency Instructional facilities Allotment (IFA) Program in Hidalgo County School District in the Texas Rio Grande valley from 1997 to 2007” Dr. Anita Pankake and Dr. Martha Tevis, Co-chairs
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  62. Mary Cornwell Garza (May 2012) “The 504 Program Experiences of Parents of Students with Type 1 Insulin-Dependent Diabetes in One South Texas Public School District” Dr. Anita Pankake and Dr. Shirley Mills, Co-chairs
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  63. Benito Carriaga (May 2012) “Examining Master Schedule Practice in Rio Grande valley Schools: Effects on Student Attendance, Discipline, and Grade Point Averages. Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair
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  64. Manuel Ochoa (May 2012) “Self-determination, Success, and College Readiness of First generation College Students in a Higher Education Institution in South Texas” Dr. Marie Simonsson, Chair
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  65. Sharon Roberts (August 2012) “The Impact of High School Course-Taking on the First Four Semesters of Postsecondary Success” Dr. Marie Simonsson, Chair
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  66. Cynthia Lopez (August 2012) “A Study of a High Performing, High Poverty Elementary School on the Texas-Mexico Border” Dr. Karen Watt, Chair
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  67. Anthony Garza (December 2012) “Selected Factors Related to the Mathematics Achievement of Eight Grade English Language Learners” Dr. Karen Watt, Chair
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  68. Rolinda Pena-Park (December 2012) “Remediation in Mathematics: A Factors in the Retention of Entering Freshmen at a Hispanic Serving Higher Education Institution” Dr. Shirley Mills, Chair.
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  69. Socorro Espinoza (May 2013) “The effects of principal's transformational leadership behaviors on teacher leadership development and teacher self efficacy” Dr. Shirley Mills and Dr. Ralph Carlson, Co-Chairs.
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  70. Marco Antonio Lara, Jr. (May 2013) “A historical snapshot of the progression of educational and social opportunities for Mexican American students in the San Benito Public School System 1909--2009 / a dissertation” Dr. Velma Menchaca, Chair.
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  71. Dagoberto Eli Ramirez (May 2013) “Case study of a district’s implementation of culturally relevant social studies curriculum” Dr. Shirley Mills, Chair.
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  72. Gisela Saenz (May 2013) “Efficacy beliefs of beginning Hispanic teachers and the organizational health of schools in a south Texas school district” Dr. Marie Simonsson and Dr. Ralph Carlson, Co-Chairs.
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  73. Mario H. Salinas (May 2013) “An analysis of an exemplary south Texas charter school” Dr. Francisco Guajardo, Chair.
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  74. Rolando Avila (July 2013) “Miguel A. Nevárez: A life history of educational leadership” Dr. Anita Pankake, Chair.
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  75. Anysia R. Trevino (December 2013) “The effectiveness of alternative certification teachers versus traditionally trained teachers in three school districts in Texas on Hispanic students' scores in 9th grade Algebra I: What leaders should know” Dr. Rosalinda Hernandez, Chair.
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  76. Maria Luisa Trevino-Guerra (December 2013) “Graduation as a function of attendance and discipline of students in the Student Success Initiative of Texas in one south Texas urban school district” Dr. Miguel de los Santos and Dr. Ralph Carlson, Co-chairs.
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