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Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College : Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education - Betsy O. Barefoot

Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College

Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education


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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&#8212;representing a broad spectrum of campus types&#8212;were selected as exceptional institutions that place a high priority on the first-year experience. <i>Achieving and Sustaining Excellence in the First Year of College</i> includes case studies of each of the thirteen exemplary institutions. These studies illustrate and analyze the colleges&#8217; 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.

"This book brings to life the theory and research on student success. The thirteen campuses profiled in this study of excellence offer example after example of structures and programs to support first-year students. From learning communities to first-year experience courses to common reading programs, orientation, and more, these authors have compiled rich descriptions of best practices into a must-read for presidents, provosts, academic administrators, student affairs professionals, faculty, and staff across institutional types."
--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 it well!"
--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 day."
--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 students."
--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

Foreword xiii

Preface xxi

Acknowledgments xxv

About the Authors xxvii

1 On Being Named an Institution of Excellence in the First College Year: The Process and the Places 1

2 Research Methods 19

Part One: Case Studies of Two-Year Institutions 33

3 The Community College of Denver: A Second Family for the First-Year Student 35
Marc Cutright, Randy L. Swing

4 LaGuardia Community College: A Window on the World 59
Betsy O. Barefoot, Michael J. Siegel

Part Two: Case Studies of Four-Year Institutions with Fewer Than 2,000 Students 85

5 The First Year at Eckerd College: Responsible Innovation 87
Stephen W. Schwartz, Michael J. Siegel

6 Kalamazoo College: No Stone Left Unturned 113
Stephen W. Schwartz, Randy L. Swing

Part Three: Case Studies of Four-Year Institutions with 2,000 to 5,000 Students 143

7 Drury University: Balancing Intellectual Rigor with Intrusive Personal Support in the First Year 145
Charles C. Schroeder, Randy L. Swing

8 Elon University: Transforming Education Through a Community of Inquiry and Engagement 166
Libby V. Morris, Randy L. Swing

9 West Point and the Plebe-Year Experience: The Long Gray Line 191
Michael J. Siegel, John N. Gardner

Part Four: Case Studies of Four-Year Institutions with 5,000 to 10,000 Students 217

10 Lehman College of the City University of New York: Excellence in the Bronx 219
John N. Gardner, Betsy O. Barefoot

11 The First Year at Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi: Starting with a Clean Slate 243
Michael J. Siegel, Marc Cutright

Part Five: Case Studies of Four-Year Institutions with 10,000 to 20,000 Students 271

12 Appalachian State University: High Standards for the First Year in North Carolina’s High Country 273
John N. Gardner, Betsy O. Barefoot

13 The Story of Ball State University: “Everything Students Need” 299
Randy L. Swing, Marc Cutright

Part Six: Case Studies of Four-Year Institutions with More Than 20,000 Students 323

14 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: Success and the City 325
Marc Cutright, Michael J. Siegel

15 University of South Carolina: Creator and Standard-Bearer for the First-Year Experience 349
Libby V. Morris, Marc Cutright

Part Seven: Conclusion 377

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

Appendix E: Announcement Letter to Thirteen Institutions of Excellence 423

Appendix F: Research Subject Information and Consent Form 427

References 431

Index 433

ISBN: 9780787971519
ISBN-10: 0787971510
Series: Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.15 x 16.05  x 3.92
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1