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Peck, Adam – About Campus, 2011
In this article, the author describes the Involvement Center and Peer Involvement Advising Program at Stephen F. Austin State University which were developed to address the important and persistent problems in higher education. Early indications are that the program is quite effective in doing so. In its second full year of existence, the…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Higher Education, Peer Relationship, College Freshmen
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Robinson, Claire; Gahagan, Jimmie – About Campus, 2010
Academic coaching can be a crucial step in helping students transition to college. Coaches work with students to be strategic in establishing and achieving their academic goals as well as becoming engaged on campus. At the University of South Carolina, academic coaching is defined as a one-on-one interaction with a student focusing on strengths,…
Descriptors: Study Habits, Educational Planning, Interests, Goal Orientation
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Commander, Nannette Evans; Ward, Teresa – About Campus, 2009
Many campuses are adopting freshman learning communities (FLCs) in order to boost retention. FLCs take many forms, but they typically involve enrolling small groups of students in two or more classes together during their first semester in order to create community and promote academic and social involvement. At Georgia State University, a large…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Methods Research, Research Universities, Research Methodology
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Brier, Ellen M.; Hirschy, Amy S.; Braxton, John M. – About Campus, 2008
The Strategic Retention Initiative is an administrative practice which involves calling all first-year students. The initiative is guided by an institutional commitment to the well-being of students and represents an institutional investment in student persistence. The development and implementation of the Strategic Retention Initiative was…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Integrity, School Holding Power, Theory Practice Relationship
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Bonfiglio, Robert A. – About Campus, 2006
Themes of security and opportunity are readily apparent in descriptions of programs designed to assist new students with their college transition; yet it seems that anxiety and, to some extent, fear are even more prevalent in the messages communicated to new students as they embark on their collegiate career. All college and university students…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Advising, Anxiety, College Freshmen
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St. Onge, Stephen R.; Ellett, Thomas – About Campus, 2005
America's current generation of adolescents promises to be not only one of the country's most complex but also one of the country's largest, rivaling the baby boomer generation in size and consumer power. Understanding the challenges and positive experiences that these students bring with them to college campuses is important for educators as they…
Descriptors: College Students, Campuses, Baby Boomers, Adolescents
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Sax, Linda J. – About Campus, 2003
For thirty-seven years the Cooperative Institutional Research Program has conducted an annual survey of the students entering colleges and universities. This article highlights some of the current trends from recent surveys. (GCP)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Higher Education, Student Characteristics, Student Surveys
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Smith, Raymond – About Campus, 2003
Examines how one university took on the challenge of improving student retention. Also discusses the impact of this endeavor on the institutional culture. (GCP)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Freshmen, Higher Education, Organizational Culture
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Schroeder, Charles – About Campus, 2003
John Gardner reflects on everything from current efforts to improve the first-year experience to the assessment movement, student expectations of college, professional preparation for student affairs, and more. (Author)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Educational Assessment, Expectation, Higher Education
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Mandel, Rhonda G.; Evans, Kathleen – About Campus, 2003
This article documents one university's struggle to create a first year program that can be taken seriously by both students and faculty. (GCP)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Educational Experience, First Year Seminars, Higher Education
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Cutright, Marc – About Campus, 2002
Research universities do not have the best reputation when it comes to the first-year student experience, but is this reputation deserved? The author sharespreliminary results of a new study that illustrates how research universities are working to create supportive environments. (Author)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Freshmen, Higher Education, Research Universities