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

ISBN: 978-0-470-60334-5
368 pages
July 2013, Jossey-Bass
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Praise for Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs

"An essential guide to the thorny task of not only developing successful first-year programs, the critical building blocks for student college completion, but also sustaining them over time. It should be at the top of the reading list of all faculty, staff, and administrators concerned with making substantial improvements in student success in the first year of college."
Vincent Tinto, Distinguished University Professor, Syracuse University

"Grounded in scholarly literature and higher education theory, Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs provides a much-needed next-generation resource to advance a comprehensive, integrated, and multi-faceted first-year experience as well as practical guidance to educators who want to become more effective first-year student advocates."
Jillian Kinzie, associate director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, NSSE Institute

"The authors do an excellent job both of providing a conceptual framework for the first year and of grounding their program descriptions in the work of a diverse range of campuses, providing exemplars of good practice, centered on assessment, in enhancing student academic achievement and persistence. The book will be of use both to policy makers and administrators focused on enhancing student success and to practitioners who will make good use of excellent observations and recommendations."
Scott Evenbeck, president, The New Community College at CUNY

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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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Author Information

Gerald M. Greenfield, a professor emeritus of history at University of Wisconsin, Parkside and long-time director of its teaching and learning center, spent seven years there as a senior administrator in academic affairs. Greenfield led the university's participation in the Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year and organized and chaired their initial First Year Committee. He is accredited as a peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.

Jennifer R. Keup is the director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience® and Students in Transition and also serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina.

John N. Gardner is the senior fellow of the National Resource Center, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, and president of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. Gardner is the author or coauthor of The Freshman Year Experience, Challenging and Supporting the First-Year Student, Helping Sophomores Succeed, The Senior Year Experience, and Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College.

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August 07, 2013
Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs: A Guide for Practitioners

First-year programs and interventions have become critical launching pads for student success and retention in higher education. However, these programs often flounder not because of what they are trying to do, but because of the ways in which they are implemented. Co-published with the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience® and Students in Transition, DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING SUCCESSFUL FIRST-YEAR PROGRAMS is a comprehensive, practical, how-to guide to developing new first-year programs and enhancing existing programs.

DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING SUCCESSFUL FIRST-YEAR PROGRAMS: A Guide for Practitioners (August 2013; Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand; $42; Cloth; ISBN: 978-0-470-60334-5) is a how-to guide for higher education administrators and student affairs professionals to developing new first-year programs and enhancing existing programs. It identifies and discusses the multiple elements that contribute to sustained student success and to programs that have the capacity to continue to meet student needs and make efficient use of resources. Such elements include critical partnerships, organizational structures, personnel, and fiscal issues as they relate to the design, delivery, and assessment of effective interventions.

Examples of common programs and interventions include: summer bridge programs, student orientation, first-year seminars, learning communities, residential programs, developmental education, early warning systems, probation initiatives, peer-led instruction advising strategies, and second-year transition programs. DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING SUCCESSFUL FIRST-YEAR PROGRAMS is a valuable resource for higher education administrators and student affairs professionals, including first-year experience (FYE) program directors, orientation directors, as well as faculty and other academic staff in creating successful first-year programs.

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