Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 30, 2010 - Education - 480 pages
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In 2002, the Policy Center on the First Year of College (supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and Lumina Foundation for Education) sponsored a project to recognize colleges and universities as "Institutions of Excellence" in their design and execution of the first year. Thirteen colleges and universities—representing a broad spectrum of campus types—were selected as exceptional institutions that place a high priority on the first-year experience. Achieving and Sustaining Excellence in the First Year of College includes case studies of each of the thirteen exemplary institutions. These studies illustrate and analyze the colleges’ best practices in teaching, assessing, and retaining first-year college students. The individual case studies offer lessons learned and have broad potential application beyond the particular type of institution represented.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 On Being Named an Institution of Excellence in the First College Year The Process and the Places
1
Chapter 2 Research Methods
19
Chapter 3 The Community College of Denver A Second Family for the FirstYear Student
35
Chapter 4 LaGuardia Community College A Window on the World
59
Chapter 5 The First Year at Eckerd College Responsible Innovation
87
Chapter 6 Kalamazoo College No Stone Left Unturned
113
Chapter 7 Drury University Balancing Intellectual Rigor with Intrusive Personal Support in the First Year
145
Chapter 8 Elon University Transforming Education Through a Community of Inquiry and Engagement
166
Chapter 14 Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis Success and the City
325
Chapter 15 University of South Carolina Creator and StandardBearer for the FirstYear Experience
349
Chapter 16 Findings and Recommendations
379
Epilogue Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year
397
Appendix A All Participants in the Institutions of Excellence Study N 130
403
Appendix B Initial Letter of Invitation to Participate in the Institutions of Excellence Project
409
Appendix C Semifinalists
415
Appendix D Letter to Semifinalists
419

Chapter 9 West Point and the PlebeYear Experience The Long Gray Line
191
Chapter 10 Lehman College of the City University of New York Excellence in the Bronx
219
Chapter 11 The First Year at Texas AM UniversityCorpus Christi Starting with a Clean Slate
243
Chapter 12 Appalachian State University High Standards for the First Year in North Carolinas High Country
273
Chapter 13 The Story of Ball State University Everything Students Need
299
Appendix E Announcement Letter to Thirteen Institutions of Excellence
423
Appendix F Research Subject Information and Consent Form
427
References
431
Index
433
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Betsy Barefoot is co-director of the Policy Center on the First Year of College, and directed the publications center for the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina for 11 years.

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.

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