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Cornerstones for Community College Success Plus NEW MyStudentSuccessLab 2012 Update / Edition 1

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This book is written especially for community college students. While it follows in the tradition of the Cornerstone franchise, the content, examples, and exercises are specifically dedicated to the interests, challenges and needs of the community college student. It includes all the traditional subjects found in student success courses, but goes above and beyond the average book. A wide variety of academic and life skills is presented including extensive coverage of Information Literacy and Emotional Intelligence. Exercises that promote critical thinking, problem solving and decision making are interwoven throughout.

Features include:

  • How My Community College Changed My Life" - learn first-hand from former students who have lived through similar experiences. (Beginning of each chapter).
  • Unique Chapters - devoted to having the college student shape his or her own destiny, understand the community college culture and navigate through it, and how to transition to the next stage, whether it be a university or the workplace. (Chapters 1, 3, 12).
  • "Successful Decisions" - feature that involves the students in critical thinking and reflection based on the kinds of challenges they will be facing. (In each chapter).
  • "From Ordinary to Extraordinary" - feature that showcases inspirational stories of Real People. Real Lives. Real Change. (In each chapter).
  • "Creating Your New Reality" - helps students stay motivated while improving their self-esteem - and stay on track when times are difficult. (End of each chapter).
  • Transfer Guide - helps students understand what courses to take at the community college level to make the transfer process easier transitioning to a four-year institution. (Chapter 3).
  • The Four Year Plan - helps students begin planning for the completion of his/her four-year degree from the very first week of the first semester. (Chapter 12).

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The overall theme of the book seems to be ‘Welcome to college – this is a whole new world!’ This is exactly what community college students need to know since they only have two years to spend at the institution. This is the book that specifically speaks to community college students. These students are a bit different than university students so their issues should be treated differently. This book accomplishes that.”

Elvira Johnson, Central Piedmont Community College

“The information is concise and I like the idea of having students answer personal questions as they go along (as in Chapter 1). The goal setting steps in Chapter 2 are easy to follow and are a good indication of the ability to ‘use’ the text that students need. Things such as the ‘Conduct Your Own Orientation’ grid give an easy to follow overview. I really like the ‘transitioning to your sophomore year’ material that you don’t often find elsewhere. I think the ‘Career Self-Study’ is a good way to get students thinking about career issues in terms other than just money.”

--Sarah Shutt, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321871053
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/10/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Sherfield has been teaching public speaking, theater, and student success as well as working with first-year orientation programs for over 25 years. Currently, he is a professor at the College of Southern Nevada, teaching student success, professional communication, public speaking, and drama.

An award-winning educator, Robb was named Educator of the Year at the College of Southern Nevada. He twice received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from the University of South Carolina at Union and has received numerous other awards and nominations for outstanding classroom instruction and advisement.

Robb’s extensive work with student success programs includes experience with the design and implementation of these programs — including one that was presented at the International Conference on the First-Year Experience in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He has conducted faculty development keynotes and workshops at over 350 institutions of higher education across the United States. He has spoken in 47 states and several foreign countries.

In addition to his co-authorship of Cornerstone: Opening Doors to Career Su ccess (Prentice Hall, 2009), he has authored or co-authored Solving the Profession Development Puzzle: 101 Solutions for Career and Life Planning (Prentice Hall, 2009), Cornerstone: Discovering your Potential, Leaning Actively, and Living Well (Prentice Hall, 2008), Roadways to Success (Prentice Hall, 2001), the trade book 365 Things I Learned in College (Allyn & Bacon, 1996), Capstone: Successding Beyond College (Prentice Hall, 2001), Case Studies for the First Year: An Odyssey into Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (Prentice Hall, 2004), The Everything Self-Esteem Book (Adams Media, 2004), andCornerstone: Building On You Best for Career Success (Prentice Hall, 2006).

Robb’s interest in student success began with his own first year in college. Low SAT scores and a dismal high school ranking denied him entrance into college. With the help of a success program, Robb was granted entrance into college and went on to earn five college degrees, including a doctorate. He has always been interested in the social, academic, and cultural development of students and sees this book as his way to help students enter the world of work and establish lasting, rewarding career. Visit

Patricia Moody is Dean Emerita of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina, where she has served on the faculty for over 30 years. An award-winning educator, Pat was honored as Distinguished Educator of the Year at her college and as Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association. She was also a top-five finalist for the Amoco Teaching Award at the University of South Carolina. She received the prestigious John Robert Gregg Award, the highest honor in her field of over 100,000 educators.

Pat has co-authored many texts and simulations, including Solving the Profession Development Puzzle: 101 Solutions for Career and Life Planning; Cornerstone: Discovering your Potential, Leaning Actively, and Living Well; 3 65 Things I Learned in College; Capstone: Successding Beyond College; Case Studies for the First Year: An Odyssey into Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; and Cornerstone: Opening Doors to Career Success.

A nationally known motivational speaker, consultant, and author, Pat has spoken in most states, has been invited to speak in several foreign countries, and frequently key-notes national and regional conventions. She has presented her signature, motivational keynote address, “ Fly Like and Eagle ,” to tens of thousands of people, from Olympic athletes to corporate executives to high school students.

As the dean of her college, Dr. Moody led international trips to build relationships and establish joint research projects in hospitality. Under her direction, faculty members in her college began a landmark study of Chinese tourists. Pat now travels the country delivering workshops, keynotes, and presentation on topics such as Managing Change, Working in the New Global Community, The Future of the Future, Student Motivation, and Emotional Intelligence. She also serves as a personal coach for business executives.

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Table of Contents

BEGIN: The Goal of Cornerstones for Community College Success and Our Commitment to You

CHAPTER ONE CREATE: Building Your Own Successful Future

CHAPTER TWO ENGAGE: Developing Your Personal and Academic Motivation

CHAPTER THREE EXPLORE: Understanding Your Institution and the Culture of College

CHAPTER FOUR COMMUNICATE: Improving Personal Communication, Cultivating Relationships, and Managing Conflict

CHAPTER FIVE THINK: Expanding Your Aptitude for Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, and Information Literacy Skills

CHAPTER SIX PRIORITIZE: Planning Your Time and Reducing Stress

CHAPTER SEVEN LEARN: Using Your Dominant Intelligence, Preferred Learning Style, and Unique Personality Type to Become an Active Learner

CHAPTER EIGHT READ: Building Your Reading and Comprehension Skills

CHAPTER NINE RECORD: Cultivating Your Listening Skills and Developing a Note Taking System that Works for You

CHAPTER TEN UNDERSTAND: Empowering Your Memory, Studying Effectively, and Taking Tests with Confidence

CHAPTER ELEVEN PROSPER: Managing Your Money and Your Debts Wisely




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