Book Club: ‘Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter’

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This bi-monthly selection is entitled “Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter”.

Per the authors, Student Success in College describes the policies, programs and practices that twenty diverse institutions have used to enhance student attainment. Based on the Documenting Effective Educational Practice (DEEP) project from the Center for Post secondary Research at a Midwestern university, this book is filled with concrete examples that can serve as an inspiration for colleges and universities who want to create their own success-oriented learning environment.

What students do during college counts more for what they learn and whether they will persist in college than who they are or even where they go to college. Voluminous research on college student development shows that the time and energy students devote to educationally purposeful activities is the single best predictor of their learning and personal development. In sum,student engagement has two key components: (1) the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other activities that lead to the experiences and outcomes that constitute student success, and (2) the ways the institution allocates resources and organizes learning opportunities and services to induce students to participate in and benefit from such activities.

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