Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College
March 2005, Jossey-Bass
About the Authors.
1. On Being Named an Institution of Excellence in the First College Year: The Process and the Places.
2. Research Methods.
Part One: Case Studies of Two-Year Institutions.
3. The Community College of Denver: A Second Family for the First-Year Student (Marc Cutright, Randy L. Swing).
4. LaGuardia Community College: A Window on the World (Betsy O. Barefoot, Michael J. Siegel).
Part Two: Case Studies of Four-Year Institutions with Fewer Than 2,000 Students.
5. The First Year at Eckerd College: Responsible Innovation (Stephen W. Schwartz, Michael J. Siegel).
6. Kalamazoo College: No Stone Left Unturned (Stephen W. Schwartz, Randy L. Swing).
Part Three: Case Studies of Four-Year Institutions with 2,000 to 5,000 Students.
7. Drury University: Balancing Intellectual Rigor with Intrusive Personal Support in the First Year (Charles C. Schroeder, Randy L. Swing).
8. Elon University: Transforming Education Through a Community of Inquiry and Engagement (Libby V. Morris, Randy L. Swing).
9. West Point and the Plebe-Year Experience: The Long Gray Line (Michael J. Siegel, John N. Gardner).
Part Four: Case Studies of Four-Year Institutions with 5,000 to 10,000 Students.
10. Lehman College of the City University of New York: Excellence in the Bronx (John N. Gardner, Betsy O. Barefoot).
11. The First Year at Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi: Starting with a Clean Slate (Michael J. Siegel, Marc Cutright).
Part Five: Case Studies of Four-Year Institutions with 10,000 to 20,000 Students.
12. Appalachian State University: High Standards for the First Year in North Carolina’s High Country (John N. Gardner, Betsy O. Barefoot).
13. The Story of Ball State University: “Everything Students Need” (Randy L. Swing, Marc Cutright).
Part Six: Case Studies of Four-Year Institutions with More Than 20,000 Students.
14. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: Success and the City (Marc Cutright, Michael J. Siegel).
15. University of South Carolina: Creator and Standard-Bearer for the First-Year Experience (Libby V. Morris, Marc Cutright).
Part Seven: Conclusion.
16. Findings and Recommendations.
Epilogue: Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year.
Appendix A: All Participants in the Institutions of Excellence Study (N = 130).
Appendix B: Initial Letter of Invitation to Participate in the Institutions of Excellence Project.
Appendix C: Semifinalists.
Appendix D: Letter to Semifinalists.
Appendix E: Announcement Letter to Thirteen Institutions of Excellence.
Appendix F: Research Subject Information and Consent Form.
John Gardner is executive director of the Policy Center on the First Year of College and was the founder of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina. He has co-authored three other books with Jossey-Bass.
Marc Cutright is assistant professor of higher education at Ohio University and a research fellow of the Policy Center on the First Year of College.
Libby Morris is associate professor of higher education and interim director, Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. She is editor of the Journal of Innovative Higher Education.
Charles Schroeder is a senior executive with Noel-Levitz and cofounder of Jossey-Bass' About Campus magazine.
Stephen Schwartz is a visiting senior fellow at the Policy Center on the First Year of College.
Michael Siegel is a research associate for the Policy Center on the First Year of College.
Randy Swing is codirector of the Policy Center on the First Year of College.
--Jodi Levine Laufgraben, associate vice provost, Temple University
"Betsy Barefoot and John Gardner have been telling us for years
what works for first-year students. Now they and their colleagues
provide the missing link–examples of schools that actually do
--George D. Kuh, Chancellor's Professor of Higher Education and director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University
"In this wonderfully timely book, Barefoot, Gardner, and their
colleagues do higher education a great service. They provide
concrete, evidence-based examples of how a diverse array of
colleges and universities are redesigning first-year experiences to
meet the needs of students and promote their success. We learn
again that leadership matters, that data can drive improvement, and
that relentless focus and the courage to transform will win the
--Kay McClenney, director, Community College Survey of Student Engagement, University of Texas at Austin
"Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the
First Year of College is destined to become a classic, a vital
handbook for every college and university which aspires to maximize
the life-changing possibilities for America's first-year
--David Warren, president, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C.
"At last, a book that offers research-based frameworks for
first-year student success that include all types of institutions,
regardless of the differences in their missions and the diversity
of their students."
--M. Lee Upcraft, affiliate professor emeritus and assistant vice president emeritus for student affairs, Penn State University
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