Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs: A Guide for Practitioners

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"An essential guide to the thorny task of not only developingsuccessful first-year programs, the critical building blocks forstudent college completion, but also sustaining them over time. Itshould be at the top of the reading list of all faculty, staff, andadministrators concerned with making substantial improvements instudent success in the first year of college."
Vincent Tinto, Distinguished University Professor,Syracuse University

"Grounded in scholarly literature and higher education theory,Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programsprovides a much-needed next-generation resource to advance acomprehensive, integrated, and multi-faceted first-year experienceas well as practical guidance to educators who want to become moreeffective first-year student advocates."
Jillian Kinzie, associate director, Indiana UniversityCenter for Postsecondary Research, NSSE Institute

"The authors do an excellent job both of providing a conceptualframework for the first year and of grounding their programdescriptions in the work of a diverse range of campuses, providingexemplars of good practice, centered on assessment, in enhancingstudent academic achievement and persistence. The book will be ofuse both to policy makers and administrators focused on enhancingstudent success and to practitioners who will make good use ofexcellent observations and recommendations."
Scott Evenbeck, president, The New Community Collegeat CUNY

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Gerald M. Greenfield, a professor emeritus of history atUniversity of Wisconsin, Parkside and long-time director of itsteaching and learning center, spent seven years there as a senioradministrator in academic affairs. Greenfield led the university'sparticipation in the Foundations of Excellence in the First CollegeYear and organized and chaired their initial First Year Committee.He is accredited as a peer evaluator for the Higher LearningCommission.

Jennifer R. Keup is the director of the National ResourceCenter for The First-Year Experience® and Students inTransition and also serves as an affiliated faculty member in theDepartment of Educational Leadership and Policies in the College ofEducation at the University of South Carolina.

John N. Gardner is the senior fellow of the NationalResource Center, distinguished professor emeritus at the Universityof South Carolina, and president of the John N. Gardner Institutefor Excellence in Undergraduate Education. Gardner is the author orcoauthor of The Freshman Year Experience, Challenging andSupporting the First-Year Student, Helping Sophomores Succeed, TheSenior Year Experience, and Achieving and SustainingInstitutional Excellence for the First Year of College.

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Jun 26, 2013
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781118234495
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Administration / Higher
Education / General
Education / Higher
Education / Student Life & Student Affairs
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Helping Sophomores Succeed offers an in-depth, comprehensiveunderstanding of the common challenges that arise in a student'ssecond year of college. Sponsored by the University of SouthCarolina's National Resource Center for The First-YearExperience® and Students in Transition, this groundbreakingbook offers an examination of second-year student success andsatisfaction using both quantitative and qualitative measures fromnational research findings. Helping Sophomores Succeed serves as afoundation for designing programs and services for the second-yearstudent population that will help to promote retention, academicand career development, and personal transition and growth.

Praise for Helping Sophomores Succeed

"Lost, lonely, stressed, pressured, unsupported, frequentlyindecisive, and invisible, many sophomores fall off the radar ofcampus educators at a time when they may most be seeking purpose,meaning, direction, intellectual challenge, and intellectualcapacity building. The fine scholars who focused educators on thefirst-year and senior transitions have done it again?a magnificentbook to focus on the sophomore year!"
?Susan R. Komives, College Student Personnel Program, University ofMaryland

"For years, student-centered institutions have front-loadedresources to promote student success in the first college year.This volume is rich with instructive ideas for how to sustain thisimportant work in the second year of college."
?George D. Kuh, Chancellor's Professor and director, IndianaUniversity Center for Postsecondary Research

"A pioneering work, this brilliant text explores in practical andmeaningful ways the all but neglected sophomore-year experience,when students face critical choices about their major, theirprofession, their life purpose."
?Betty L. Siegel, president emeritus, Kennesaw State University?

"All members of the campus community?faculty, student affairseducators, staff, and students?will benefit from learning about theunique challenges of the second college year. The book providesresearch and best practices to help educators and students craft anintegrated, comprehensive approach to helping second-year studentssucceed."
?Marcia Baxter Magolda, distinguished professor, EducationalLeadership, Miami University

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience®and Students in Transition supports and advances efforts to improvestudent learning and transitions into and through higher educationby providing opportunities for the exchange of practical,theory-based information and ideas.
A clear, practical framework for getting higher education back on track

The Undergraduate Experience is a guide for significantly improving student learning and institutional performance in the rapidly changing world of higher education. Written by recognized experts in undergraduate education, this book encourages college and university leaders to rethink current practices that fragment the student experience, and to focus on creating powerful, integrated undergraduate learning for all students. Drawing from their own deep experience and the latest research, the authors reveal key principles that enable institutional change and enhance student outcomes in any higher education setting. Coverage includes high-impact practices for engagement, the importance of strategic leadership, the necessity of setting and maintaining high expectations, and insight on fostering excellence through systematic planning.

Through its core themes and action principles, this book can be a valuable resource for faculty, staff, administrators, and governing boards at all types of postsecondary institutions. The book provides a practical framework for achieving excellence in undergraduate education by focusing on:LearningRelationshipsExpectationsAlignmentImprovementLeadership

The value of an undergraduate education is under greater scrutiny than ever before, and campus leaders must be able to convey the value of their institutions to students, boards, donors, and legislators. Is a college or university degree worth the increasing cost? Are today's students academically adrift? What's the difference between a degree and an education? Responding to these questions requires focused action by individuals and institutions. The Undergraduate Experience offers practical guidance for creating and sustaining excellence in the face of disruption and change in higher education.

A clear, practical framework for getting higher education back on track

The Undergraduate Experience is a guide for significantly improving student learning and institutional performance in the rapidly changing world of higher education. Written by recognized experts in undergraduate education, this book encourages college and university leaders to rethink current practices that fragment the student experience, and to focus on creating powerful, integrated undergraduate learning for all students. Drawing from their own deep experience and the latest research, the authors reveal key principles that enable institutional change and enhance student outcomes in any higher education setting. Coverage includes high-impact practices for engagement, the importance of strategic leadership, the necessity of setting and maintaining high expectations, and insight on fostering excellence through systematic planning.

Through its core themes and action principles, this book can be a valuable resource for faculty, staff, administrators, and governing boards at all types of postsecondary institutions. The book provides a practical framework for achieving excellence in undergraduate education by focusing on:LearningRelationshipsExpectationsAlignmentImprovementLeadership

The value of an undergraduate education is under greater scrutiny than ever before, and campus leaders must be able to convey the value of their institutions to students, boards, donors, and legislators. Is a college or university degree worth the increasing cost? Are today's students academically adrift? What's the difference between a degree and an education? Responding to these questions requires focused action by individuals and institutions. The Undergraduate Experience offers practical guidance for creating and sustaining excellence in the face of disruption and change in higher education.

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