Total College Success: What You Absolutely Need to Know BEFORE Starting College

Total College Success: What You Absolutely Need to Know BEFORE Starting College

by Gary Allen Harris
Total College Success: What You Absolutely Need to Know BEFORE Starting College

Total College Success: What You Absolutely Need to Know BEFORE Starting College

by Gary Allen Harris


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Total College Success provides the information you need to make a sound judgment on selecting and pursuing a degree program. Unlike other books that give you a cookie-cutter, "one size fits all" approach to these subjects, the approach of this book is to educate you about the various aspects of choosing a college major, selecting a school, financing your education, and planning and pursuing your education. You will be able to effectively research schools, ask the right questions, develop your own thoughts, and make the right decisions that will benefit your career. This book provides insight and information that you won't find in other books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733395601
Publisher: Academic Architects
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Professor Gary Harris has an Education Specialist degree and currently teaches for two state universities. He is an instructional designer and has over forty years of "real-world" industry experience, to include University Dean, teaching at four other universities, and being retired from the U.S. Air Force.

Table of Contents


Why I Wrote This Book

Approach of the Book

Conventions Used in this Book

Section 1 - About College

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Main Benefits of a College Education


Very Important Suggestion

Chapter 2 - Terms and Credits

College Terms

College Credits

Chapter 3 - About College Courses

Types of Courses

General Education Courses

Core Courses


Course Focus

Course Levels

Transfer Courses

College Credit through Testing

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Withdrawals and Incompletes


Chapter 4 - About College Degrees

College Majors and Minors

Types and Levels of Degrees

The Associate Degree

The Bachelor Degree

The Masters Degree

The Specialist Degree

The Doctorate Degree

Doctorate Degree Tip

Additional Degree Types

Certificate and Diploma Programs

Chapter 5 - About Colleges and Universities

Public Colleges and Universities

Private Colleges and Universities

Ivy League Universities

Government Study

Sub-Categories of Colleges and Universities

Political Bias

Chapter 6 - Accreditation

Regional Accreditation

National Accreditation

Specialized (Programmatic) Accreditation

Other Accreditation

Caution about Accreditation

Other Acceptability Considerations

Degree Mills

Chapter 7 - About Online Education

Types of On-Line Learning Activities

Two Specialized Teaching Approaches

Chapter 8 - Cost


In-State Tuition versus Out-of-State Tuition

Special In-State Tuition Programs for Non-Residents

Additional Fees

Large State Universities

As Seen on TV

A Financial Comparison of Public and Private Institutions

Financing Your Education

Chapter 9 - School and Course Quality

Chapter 10 - Final Thoughts about College

Section 2 - Selecting a College and Degree Major

Chapter 11 - Picking Your Degree Major

Some Real-World Stories

Government Study

Four Ideas

Final Thoughts

Chapter 12 - Selecting Your School and Getting In

College Admissions

Research the Schools

Research the Programs

Research the Instructors

Aggressive Admissions Tactics

Entrance Exams

Red Flags

Final Thoughts

Section 3 - In College and Beyond

Chapter 13 – Planning Your Degree

Degree Plan

Sequencing Your Courses

Course Load

Chapter 14 – In College

Tips for Writing Projects and Papers


Internet Research and Computer Literacy

Netiquette, Email, and Respect

Additional Suggestions

Chapter 15 – After College

Continuing Education

Professional Development Courses

Continuing Education Courses

Professional Certifications

Professional Associations

Books and Periodicals

Consider Another Degree

The Bottom Line

Chapter 16 - Conclusion

About the Author

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