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Seventh International Conference; Merida, Mexico; 2013

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Paper Session #73
OBM Goes to Universities, Companies and Aircraft Crew
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
12:30 PM–1:20 PM
Salon Celestun (Fiesta Americana)
Area: OBM
Chair: Douglas Robertson (Florida International University)

Instituting Zero Waste Programs in a University Setting

Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CRISS WILHITE (California State University, Fresno), Jonpaul D. Moschella (California State University, Fresno)

A university is a complex, multi-tiered organization with many sub-units and many potentially conflicting activities. Houmanfar's five-term contingency was used to analyze current sustainability programs and to develop programs necessary to implement Zero Waste policies in a university setting. We found a campus-wide program to be impossible because athletics' facilities, plant operations, food services and associated student complexes are independent entities. Initial baselines included meetings with personnel in various domains; documenting current policies; assessing supply chains relative to sustainability; assessing local recycling and composting resources; and finding labor sources available through student clubs. Sources of reinforcement for each were found. We met again with appropriate personnel in each group and presented plans to improve current practices. Most had identified lack of funds, labor and other resources as obstacles to improving current practices. All were receptive to plans when these problems were addressed. Preliminary outcome data will be presented.

Intentional Change and Shaping Executive Behavior at a Large Research University
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
DOUGLAS ROBERTSON (Florida International University), Martha Pelaez (Florida International University)
Abstract: Retention and on-time graduation have become key metrics for various publics and are tied to the generation and allocation of university resources. This paper presents a discussion of a comprehensive, university-wide set of systemic interventions, called the Graduation Success Initiative (GSI), which transforms the administration of the undergraduate curriculum in order to support student success at a large, public research university in Miami, Florida (Florida International University; enrollment, 50,000; undergraduates, 40,000). The GSIs systemic interventions are complex and extensive. In previous papers, we have focused on systems of reinforcing contingencies which shape the behavior of individual students. In this paper, we concentrate on advisor administrators (assistant deans) and executive university leadership (deans, provost, president, and trustees). At the aggregate level, these changes in supervisors and executives behaviors lead to a shift in metacontingencies, from a culture of silo-thinking and lack of accountability to a culture of university-wide thinking and data-based accountability.

CANCELED: The Importance of Aviation Crew Resource Management Training and Application to Applied Behavior Analysis

Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
PATRICIA DAMMIER (Northcentral University)

ABSTRACT Researcher: Patricia Dammier Ph.D. Title: The Importance of Aviation Crew Resource Management Training and Application to Applied Behavior Analysis The problem was that aviation training programs provide technical knowledge for the job but may not provide adequate Crew Resource Management (CRM) training. The researcher analyzed a 26-participant descriptive study that was conducted at a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Sector Air Operations Center (SAOC) to discover if the training programs contained techniques for using Crew Resource Management during mission execution. The survey responses supported the researchers hypothesis in various combinations; considering time on the job and years since initial training. The most significant finding was that the respondents were never fully trained about the concepts, importance, or impact of Crew Resource Management techniques in a group dynamic. The recommendations include methods of how Applied Behavior Analysis may be used to support the outcome of the performance of safety management techniques that increase the ability to complete a safe aviation operation.




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