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Hannah, John – About Campus, 2019
The following question guides this paper: What features of the postsecondary experience unnecessarily contribute to diminished student well-being? As part of this project of testing bold ideas about student well-being, two things should rightly be the focus of attention: (1) the broader context, the zeitgeist in which students find themselves…
Descriptors: College Students, Well Being, Educational Experience, College Freshmen
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Hudson, Tara D. – About Campus, 2018
Tara D. Hudson questions the potential of Duke's new policy of random roommate assignment to be successful in supporting learning about diversity. Hudson notes that with random roommate assignments, the conditions for attitude change are not necessarily met. There can be status differential and/or competition between the roommates as well as a…
Descriptors: College Housing, Friendship, Student Attitudes, Peer Relationship
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Wortham, Forest B. – About Campus, 2013
Planning programs with learning outcomes that address diversity issues on campus can become fairly routine--a "plug and play" task--for a director of multicultural student affairs at a private, religious, predominantly white liberal arts university. However, connecting with African American and other minority students when they arrived on campus…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Student Diversity, Student Organizations, African American Students
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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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Harris, Jacqueline; Ho, Taiping; Markle, Larry; Wessel, Roger – About Campus, 2011
Concern over the transition to postsecondary education for students with disabilities led Ball State University personnel to create the Faculty Mentorship Program (FMP ) in the summer of 2006. The program is a model for collaboration between the disability services office, the faculty members of Ball State, and the Learning Center. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Mentors, Disabilities, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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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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Alexander, Julie S.; Gardner, John N. – About Campus, 2009
Though many institutions provide an a la carte approach to the first year, Julie Alexander and John Gardner argue that meeting the needs of first-year students requires a cohesive strategic action plan. Here is their practical framework for mapping and developing such a plan.
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Strategic Planning, College Freshmen, Student Needs
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Garcia, Lisa D.; Paz, Chiara C. – About Campus, 2009
Many colleges and universities in the United States offer summer programs for their incoming students. While programs are structured and administered in a variety of ways and target various student populations, the most common type of summer bridge program aims to serve historically underrepresented students and students of low socioeconomic…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Summer Programs, Colleges, Course Content
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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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Pike, Gary R. – About Campus, 2008
Learning communities can trace their origins to the 1920s and the experimental College at the University of Wisconsin, but the widespread use of learning communities to improve undergraduate education is a relatively new phenomenon. The early learning communities of the late 1980s and early 1990s consisted of groups of new freshmen co-enrolled in…
Descriptors: Experimental Colleges, College Freshmen, Predictor Variables, Evaluation Criteria
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Campbell, Erin – About Campus, 2007
While many people may not realize that the words they speak may offend, carelessly used words can indeed lead to hurt, discrimination, and, on occasion, violence. Hate crimes occur all too frequently, even on college campuses--places which should be designed to be open and accepting. The role of educators and student leaders is to raise…
Descriptors: Campuses, College Freshmen, Teacher Role, Consciousness Raising
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Lindholm, Jennifer A. – About Campus, 2007
Results compiled from several studies indicate that college students place significant personal emphasis on matters related to spirituality. Compiling students' responses from the author's 2003 pilot study, subsequent focus group interviews, and the 2004 national survey, along with faculty's responses from the 2004-2005 Higher Education Research…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Students, Campuses, Student Attitudes
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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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Williams, Lee Burdette – About Campus, 2005
In this article, the author, director of Watauga College and residential learning communities at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, shares her experience dealing with first year college students who are taking medication to manage depression, anxiety, or attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders. She stresses that this is a…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Attention Deficit Disorders, Hyperactivity, Depression (Psychology)
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