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From the Publisher"This book brings to life the theory and research on studentsuccess. The thirteen campuses profiled in this study of excellenceoffer example after example of structures and programs to supportfirst-year students. From learning communities to first-yearexperience courses to common reading programs, orientation, andmore, these authors have compiled rich descriptions of bestpractices into a must-read for presidents, provosts, academicadministrators, student affairs professionals, faculty, and staffacross institutional types."
—Jodi Levine Laufgraben, associate vice provost, Temple University
"Betsy Barefoot and John Gardner have been telling us for yearswhat works for first-year students. Now they and their colleaguesprovide the missing link–examples of schools that actually doit well!"
—George D. Kuh, Chancellor's Professor of Higher Education anddirector, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University
"In this wonderfully timely book, Barefoot, Gardner, and theircolleagues do higher education a great service. They provideconcrete, evidence-based examples of how a diverse array ofcolleges and universities are redesigning first-year experiences tomeet the needs of students and promote their success. We learnagain that leadership matters, that data can drive improvement, andthat relentless focus and the courage to transform will win theday."
—Kay McClenney, director, Community College Survey of StudentEngagement, University of Texas at Austin
"Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for theFirst Year of College is destined to become a classic, a vitalhandbook for every college and university which aspires to maximizethe life-changing possibilities for America's first-yearstudents."
—David Warren, president, National Association of IndependentColleges and Universities, Washington, D.C.
"At last, a book that offers research-based frameworks forfirst-year student success that include all types of institutions,regardless of the differences in their missions and the diversityof their students."
—M. Lee Upcraft, affiliate professor emeritus and assistant vicepresident emeritus for student affairs, Penn State University