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

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First-year programs and interventions have becomecritical launching pads for student success and retention in highereducation. However, these programs often flounder not because ofwhat they are trying to do, but because of the ways in which theyare implemented.

Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programsoffers faculty, academic administrators, and student affairsprofessionals a comprehensive and practical resource that includesstep-by-step guidance for developing ...

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Overview

First-year programs and interventions have becomecritical launching pads for student success and retention in highereducation. However, these programs often flounder not because ofwhat they are trying to do, but because of the ways in which theyare implemented.

Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programsoffers faculty, academic administrators, and student affairsprofessionals a comprehensive and practical resource that includesstep-by-step guidance for developing new first-year programs andenhancing existing programs. The book explores the key elementsthat contribute to sustained student success and the programs thathave the capacity to continue to meet student needs while makingthe most of scarce resources. The authors show how to create andsustain critical partnerships, put in place the neededorganizational structures, and include strategies for developingeffective assessments and evaluations.

Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programsis filled with illustrative examples and profiles of successfulprograms from a range of institutions that vary in size, type,selectivity, and culture. Examples of common programs andinterventions include summer bridge programs, student orientation,first-year seminars, learning communities, residential programs,developmental education, and many more.

Based in scholarly literature, theory, and practice, the bookhighlights the initiatives that facilitate the transition,learning, development, and success of new college students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470603345
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/5/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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 ExperienceĀ® 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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Table of Contents

Preface by John N. Gardner xi

The Authors xvii

Acknowledgments xxiii

Introduction: Where Have We Been, and Where Are We Going? xxvii

1 High-Impact Pedagogies 1

2 Summer Bridge Programs 21

3 New Student Orientation 43

4 Advising 67

5 First-Year Seminars 89

6 Learning Communities 113

7 Residential Learning Programs 136

8 Developmental Education 157

9 Early Alert Warning Systems 179

10 Probation Initiatives 202

11 Peer Leadership 224

12 Second-Year Transitions 249

Conclusion: Lessons Learned 271

References 277

Index 319

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