The Senior Year Experience: Facilitating Integration, Reflection, Closure, and Transition / Edition 1

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Editors John N. Gardner and Gretchen Van der Veer provide a wealth of information for enriching college students' final year with courses and programs designed to give meaning to their undergraduate experience. They also offer practical strategies for improving the passage from senior year into the workforce or graduate school. In addition to outlining the necessary information on how to develop and implement senior year programs, the authors tackle the thorny issues of how to create new programs in times of scarce resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787909277
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Series: Higher & Adult Education
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN N. GARDNER is executive director, National ResourceCenter for The Freshman Year Experience and Students in Transition,University of South Carolina.

GRETCHEN VAN DER VEER is director of staff training anddevelopment, Corporation for National Service.

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Table of Contents

The Authors
Pt. 1 Understanding the Unique Needs of Today's Seniors 1
1 The Emerging Movement to Strengthen the Senior Experience 3
2 Objectives and Benefits of Senior Year Programs 21
3 Moving On: Seniors as People in Transition 37
4 A President's Personal and Historical Perspective 51
5 Are College Seniors Prepared to Work? 60
Pt. 2 Enhancing the Senior Year Experience 79
6 Curricular Structures for Cumulative Learning 81
7 Preparing Students for Life Beyond the Classroom 95
8 Leadership Education in the Senior Experience 116
9 Developing "Civic Virtue" Among College Students 133
10 Strengthening the Ties That Bind: Cultural Events, Rituals, and Traditions 152
11 Creating Pathways to Graduate School 171
Pt. 3 Developing Special Support Services for Seniors 185
12 Comprehensive Career Services for Seniors 187
13 College-to-Career Transition Programs for Multiethnic Students 210
14 Preparing Seniors for Roles as Active Alumni 227
Pt. 4 Implications for Campus Services and Practices 243
15 Looking Back, Moving Ahead: Assessment in the Senior Year 245
16 Mobilizing Campus Support for Senior Year Programs 266
17 A Summary Agenda for Enriching the Senior Year 287
Resource A. Capstone Experiences: A Primer 301
Resource B. Syllabus for a Senior Capstone Transition Course 303
References 313
Name Index 333
Subject Index 337
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