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Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College

reviewed by John H. Schuh - 2006

coverTitle: Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College
Author(s): Betsy O. Barefoot, John N. Gardner, Marc Cutright, Libby V. Morris, Charles C. Schroeder, Stephen W. Schwartz, S. W., Michael J. Siegel, & Randy L. Swing
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787971510, Pages: 448, Year: 2005
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A productive method of identifying promising practices designed to sustain and improve the student experience in post secondary institutions is to study colleges and universities that are well-regarded in this area of activity and then tease out promising practices and approaches that may have the property of transferability to other, similar institutions.  That, in essence, is what occurs in this volume.  In this project, the authors sought to describe “…in detail thirteen campuses in the United States selected for their comprehensive attention to first-year students---attention that is embedded in or linked to the curriculum and cocurriculum and is coupled with evaluation and evidence of continuous improvement” (p. xxi).  The authors, associated with the Policy Center on the First Year of College, presented case reports of 13 institutions of higher education and then provided an analysis of lessons learned from these institutions in their book Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 50-53
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12080, Date Accessed: 5/14/2021 9:43:12 PM

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  • John Schuh
    Iowa State University
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    JOHN H. SCHUH is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. His most recent books are Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter (with George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie and Elizabeth J. Whitt) and Promoting Reasonable Expectations: Aligning Student and Institutional Views of the College Experience (with co-editors Thomas E. Miller and Barbara Bender).
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