Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College

Author: Betsy O. Barefoot
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470730641
Format: PDF
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In 2002, the Policy Center on the First Year of College (supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and Lumina Foundation for Education) sponsored a project to recognize colleges and universities as "Institutions of Excellence" in their design and execution of the first year. Thirteen colleges and universities—representing a broad spectrum of campus types—were selected as exceptional institutions that place a high priority on the first-year experience. Achieving and Sustaining Excellence in the First Year of College includes case studies of each of the thirteen exemplary institutions. These studies illustrate and analyze the colleges’ best practices in teaching, assessing, and retaining first-year college students. The individual case studies offer lessons learned and have broad potential application beyond the particular type of institution represented.

Developing and Sustaining Successful First Year Programs

Author: Gerald M. Greenfield
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118234499
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Praise for Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs "An essential guide to the thorny task of not only developing successful first-year programs, the critical building blocks for student college completion, but also sustaining them over time. It should be at the top of the reading list of all faculty, staff, and administrators concerned with making substantial improvements in student 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 Programs provides a much-needed next-generation resource to advance a comprehensive, integrated, and multi-faceted first-year experience as well as practical guidance to educators who want to become more effective first-year student advocates." —Jillian Kinzie, associate director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, NSSE Institute "The authors do an excellent job both of providing a conceptual framework for the first year and of grounding their program descriptions in the work of a diverse range of campuses, providing exemplars of good practice, centered on assessment, in enhancing student academic achievement and persistence. The book will be of use both to policy makers and administrators focused on enhancing student success and to practitioners who will make good use of excellent observations and recommendations." —Scott Evenbeck, president, The New Community College at CUNY

The First Year of College

Author: Robert S. Feldman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316819469
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book is premised on a very powerful social/educational concern about college retention rates: one-third of first-year students seriously consider leaving college during their first term, and only half of all students who start college ultimately graduate. This book examines the first year of college from a variety of perspectives to paint a comprehensive picture of the intersecting challenges facing today's students and higher education institutions. Technological advances, increases in college attendance costs, and increasing political pressure on colleges to prove their value have changed the landscape of the first year of college, but researchers have identified new approaches to improve student and institutional success that have shown considerable success and promise. In this comprehensive volume, top educational researchers explore topics of student success, persistence, and retention in the first year of college.

Linked Courses for General Education and Integrative Learning

Author: Margot Soven
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 1579228798
Format: PDF, ePub
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Research indicates that of the pedagogies recognized as “high impact”, learning communities – one approach to which, the linked course, is the subject of this book – lead to an increased level of student engagement in the freshman year that persists through the senior year, and improve retention. This book focuses on the learning community model that is the most flexible to implement in terms of scheduling, teacher collaboration, and design: the linked course. The faculty may teach independently or together, coordinating syllabi and assignments so that the classes complement each other, and often these courses are linked around a particular interdisciplinary theme. Creating a cohort that works together for two paired courses motivates students, while the course structure promotes integrative learning as students make connections between disciplines. This volume covers both “linked courses” in which faculty may work to coordinate syllabi and assignments, but teach most of their courses separately, as well as well as “paired courses” in which two or more courses are team taught in an integrated program in which faculty participate as learners as well as teachers. Part One, Linked Course Pedagogies, includes several case studies of specific linked courses, including a study skills course paired with a worldview course; a community college course that challenges students’ compartmentalized thinking; and a paired course whose outcomes can be directly compared to parallel stand-alone courses Part Two, Linked Course Programs, includes a description of several institutional programs representing a variety of linked course program models. Each chapter includes information about program implementation, staffing logistics and concerns, curriculum development, pedagogical strategies, and faculty development. Part Three, Assessing Linked Courses, highlights the role of assessment in supporting, maintaining, and improving linked course programs by sharing assessment models and describing how faculty and administrators have used particular assessment practices in order to improve their linked course programs.

Challenging and Supporting the First Year Student

Author: M. Lee Upcraft
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 9780787959685
Format: PDF, ePub
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An authoritative, comprehensive guide to the first year of college, Challenging and Supporting the First Year Student includes the most current information about the policies, strategies, programs, and services designed to help first-year students make a successful transition to college and fulfill their educational and personal goals.

Fostering Student Success in the Campus Community

Author: Gary L. Kramer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470483114
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book presents and examines key issues not only on addressing changing student demographics and needs but also on aligning institutional and student expectations, connecting student-oriented services systemically, organizing and fostering student services for learning, and creating and delivering services for students to achieve success on campus. While the essential supportive role student services plays in student retention and success is generally understood, this book provides several constructive approaches and key indicators that service providers can use to challenge their campuses for better results in achieving student success. While this book does not define what student success is for all institutions or suggest that one size fits all institutions, it does emphasize that student learning and achieving student success on campus is everyone’s business. The chapter contributors share their wisdom on and experience in creating a student-centered culture and emphasize student services as the primary approach for putting students first in the campus community. Written for student service providers, academic departments, and others responsible for the support, direction, and coordination of services to students—vice presidents, deans, directors, and department chairs—readers will learn how to encourage a variety of desired outcomes, including student persistence, satisfaction, learning, and personal development. Also included is a systems perspective that will help readers evaluate and align services for students with the goals of both the students and the institution.

Author: Betsy O. Barefoot
Publisher: العبيكان للنشر
ISBN: 9960540464
Format: PDF, Kindle
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ثناء على تحقيق وإدامة التفوق المؤسسي للسنة الجامعية الأولى هذا الكتاب يبعث الحياة في النظرية والأبحاث حول نجاح الطلاب. إن المؤسسات الثلاث عشرة التي تشملها هذه الدراسة حول التفوق تقدم نموذجاً إثر نموذج من هيكليات وبرامج دعم طلاب السنة الأولى. إن مؤلفي الكتاب، بدءاً من مجموعات التعلم، وإلى مساقات تجربة السنة الأولى، وإلى برامج القراءة العامة، والتوجيه، وأكثر من ذلك، صنفوا وصوفاً غنية لأفضل الممارسات في مادة قراءة لرؤساء الجامعات، وأصحاب منصب بروفوست، والإداريين الأكاديميين، والمهنيين المختصين بشؤون الطلاب، والهيئة التدريسية، والعاملين في سائر أنواع المؤسسات". جودي ليفين لونغراين، مساعد ثابت البروفوست، جامعة تمبل "بتسي بيرفوت وجون غاردنر يطلعوننا منذ سنوات على أعمال لمصلحة طلاب السنة الأولى، وهما مع زملائهما يقدمون النماذج المفتقدة للمدارس التي تؤدي بالفعل أمراً جيداً". جورج د.كوه، أستاذ مستشار للتعليم العالي ومدير مركز أبحاث مابعد المرحلة الثانوية، جامعة انديانا "في هذا الكتاب الرائع الذي صدر في الوقت المناسب، يؤدي بيرفوت وغاردنر وزملاؤهما خدمة عظيمة للتعليم العالي. إنهم يقدمون نماذج ملموسة ومستندة إلى أدلة لكيفية قيام سلسلة من الكليات والجامعات بإعادة تصميم تجارب السنة الأولى من أجل تلبية حاجات الطلاب وتحسين النجاح. إننا نتعلم مرة أخرى أن القيادة لها أهمية، وأن المعطيات يمكن أن تكون دافعة للتحسن، وأن التركيز الذي لا هوادة فيه وتشجيع التحول سيكون لهما الفوز" كي ماكليني، مدير عملية مسح الكلية الأهلية لارتباط الطلاب، جامعة تكساس في اوستن

The Undergraduate Experience

Author: Peter Felten
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119051193
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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: Learning Relationships Expectations Alignment Improvement Leadership 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.

The Road to Academic Excellence

Author: Philip G. Altbach
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 0821388061
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book examines the experience of 11 universities in nine countries around the world that have grappled with the challenge of building successful research institutions in difficult circumstances and outlines key lessons of from this experience.

Turnaround

Author: James Martin
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 080189882X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Nearly one thousand colleges and universities in the United States face major challenges—from catastrophic hurricanes to loss of accreditation to sagging enrollment. What can leaders of such at-risk institutions do to improve their situation? Turnaround gives college and university leaders the tools they need to put their fragile institutions back on a path to success. This comprehensive handbook outlines how board members, presidents, and administrators can identify their institutions’ weaknesses, implement plans for improvement, and mitigate existing damage. Turnaround also identifies the legal pitfalls that often accompany institutional change, offering solutions for how to overcome such obstacles or avoid them altogether. Evaluating the experiences of two hundred college leaders, the contributors share such critical information as: • 20 indicators of institutional vulnerability• 10 necessary skills for presidents directing a turnaround• 5 characteristics of institutions that have completed successful turnarounds• 10 lessons of successful turnarounds Featuring candid advice from decision makers who have faced severe challenges, Turnaround is a valuable resource for college and university leaders facing tough times. -- Claire Van Ummersen, Vice President, Center for Effective Leadership, American Council on Education