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Fostering Student Success in the Campus Community

Fostering Student Success in the Campus Community

Gary L. Kramer (Editor), John N. Gardner (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-933-37124-5

Nov 2007, Jossey-Bass

512 pages

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This book presents and examines key issues not only on addressing changing student demographics and needs but also on aligning institutional and student expectations, connecting student-oriented services systemically, organizing and fostering student services for learning, and creating and delivering services for students to achieve success on campus. While the essential supportive role student services plays in student retention and success is generally understood, this book provides several constructive approaches and key indicators that service providers can use to challenge their campuses for better results in achieving student success. While this book does not define what student success is for all institutions or suggest that one size fits all institutions, it does emphasize that student learning and achieving student success on campus is everyone’s business. The chapter contributors share their wisdom on and experience in creating a student-centered culture and emphasize student services as the primary approach for putting students first in the campus community. Written for student service providers, academic departments, and others responsible for the support, direction, and coordination of services to students—vice presidents, deans, directors, and department chairs—readers will learn how to encourage a variety of desired outcomes, including student persistence, satisfaction, learning, and personal development. Also included is a systems perspective that will help readers evaluate and align services for students with the goals of both the students and the institution.

About the Authors vii

Foreword xxv

Preface xxix

Acknowledgments xliii


1. Knowing Today’s and Tomorrow’s Students 3
Vasti Torres

2. Creating a Student-Centered Culture 17
Jillian Kinzie and George D. Kuh

3. Aligning Expectations: A Shared Responsibility 44
Thomas E. Miller and Saul Reyes

4. Changing Student Services Through Assessment 61
John H. Schuh

5. Promoting and Sustaining Change 81
Earl H. Potter III


6. Putting Students First in College Admissions and Enrollment Management 101
Don Hossler

7. Connecting One-Stop Student Services 120
Louise M. Lonabocker and J. James Wager

8. Learning Technologies that Serve Students 145
Peter B. DeBlois and Diana G. Oblinger

9. Giving Advice that Makes a Difference 171
Wesley R. Habley and Jennifer L. Bloom

10. Planning Good Academic and Career Decisions 193
Emily E. Bullock, Robert C. Reardon, and Janet G. Lenz


11. Learning Partnerships 217
Terry D. Piper and Rebecca A. Mills

12. Developing Students’ Search for Meaning and Purpose 236
Lois Calian Trautvetter

13. Organizing Student Services for Learning 262
Dave Porter, Joe Bagnoli, Janice Burdette Blythe, Donald Hudson, and Deanna Sergel

14. Preparing Service Providers to Foster Student Success 302
Tom Brown and Lee Ward

15. Engaging Faculty to Foster Student Development 318
Faye Vowell


16. Intervening to Retain Students 343
Wesley R. Habley and John H. Schuh

17. Achieving Student Success in the First Year of College 369
Randy L. Swing and Tracy L. Skipper

18. Achieving Student Success in Two-Year Colleges 392
Margaret C. King and Rusty N. Fox

19. Putting Students First in the Campus Community 407
Gary L. Kramer (with Thomas J. Grites, Eric R. White, Michael A. Haynes, Virginia N. Gordon, Michael McCauley, Wesley R. Habley, and Margaret C. King)

20. Fostering Student Success: What Really Matters? 433
Gary L. Kramer

Name Index 449

Subject Index 456

Fostering Student Success in the Campus Community is a thoughtful work that focuses on how institutional leaders and practitioners can promote student learning, growth, and success. Kramer and Associates combine theoretical foundations with relevant examples to explore changing student demographics, institutional and student expectations, and the organization of student services to promote success. While this book is written for institutional leaders and practitioners, faculty can also benefit as many of the chapters focus on advising.
—Heather T. Rowan-Kenyon. ACPA Journal of College Student Development