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Zevallos, Ana L.; Washburn, Mara – About Campus, 2014
Over the past decades, Vincent Tinto, Edmund Thile, Francis Ianni, and others all link mentoring to better academic performance, improved social adjustment, enhanced academic experiences, and greater rates of degree completion. Even more specifically, Jean E. Rhodes, Renée Spencer, Thomas E. Keller, Belle Liang, and Gil Noam describe three…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Counseling, College Students, Program Descriptions
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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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Garrett, Christopher E. – About Campus, 2013
Christopher E. Garrett describes a faculty learning community program at Oklahoma City University that focused on improving teaching and learning through integrating the arts in a variety of disciplines, some of which may surprise you. (Contains 9 notes.)
Descriptors: Art Education, Integrated Curriculum, College Curriculum, Learner Engagement
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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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Vander Schee, Brian A. – About Campus, 2011
The number of studies conducted on college-student attrition is overwhelming. But few examine the impact of adding an early-intervention assessment tool to existing retention programs. Too often, colleges and universities conduct initiatives with similar purposes as disconnected efforts; retention programs in particular can benefit from a more…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Student Attrition, School Holding Power
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Porter, Melody C. – About Campus, 2011
Alternative breaks (ABs) often bring a smattering of images to mind: college students in matching T-shirts, cramped vans, well-used work gloves, physical labor, and, perhaps, way too much peanut butter. All of these images are at least in part accurate for the AB program at the College of William and Mary. Add to them a strong sense that sending…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Program Effectiveness, College Students, Higher Education
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Sriram, Rishi; Scales, T. Laine; Oster, Meghan – About Campus, 2011
Perhaps a decade ago, accreditation agencies might have been satisfied with a list of student learning outcomes and some evidence that students achieved them. More and more, accreditors request evidence of "improvement". It is not enough to merely demonstrate that what one is doing works reasonably well; one must also show that he or she…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Curriculum Development, Program Improvement, Program Effectiveness
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Jacoby, Barbara; Dean, Laura A. – About Campus, 2010
Across the broad spectrum of disciplines and departments within higher education, it sometimes feels like there is little that unites them. They talk about silos, they bemoan divergent and fragmented efforts, and they refer frequently to "them" and "they," regardless of where they are on the organizational chart. However, there is one topic that…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Higher Education, Health Promotion, Program Effectiveness
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Hossler, Don; Ziskin, Mary; Gross, Jacob P. K. – About Campus, 2009
In this article, the authors share what they have learned in two distinct but complementary research projects that focus on institutional efforts to enhance student persistence and graduation--one funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education and the second by the College Board. Together, these projects have helped them develop a fuller picture of…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Academic Persistence, Graduation, Program Effectiveness
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Allen, Christopher T.; Wheeler, Joshua A. – About Campus, 2009
Violence prevention groups on college campuses, in schools, and in communities are increasingly aware that violence against women cannot end unless men take an active role in stopping it, and the failure of many men to take the issue of violence against women seriously cannot be overlooked. At the University of South Carolina (USC), collaboration…
Descriptors: Campuses, Violence, Females, Prevention
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Henderson, Paulette A. – About Campus, 2009
As English as Second Language (ESL) students move past their first college year toward degree completion, they may find themselves struggling on their own. This article describes one community college's approach to supporting ESL students throughout their academic career. English as a Second Language Across the Curriculum (ESLAC) provides…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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Knight, William E.; Hakel, Milton D.; Gromko, Mark H. – About Campus, 2006
The question that has shaped the work at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) for the past ten years was raised by President Sidney A. Ribeau shortly after he assumed office in 1995. Could a large, complex doctoral-research intensive university also become the premier learning community in Ohio and one of the best in the nation? Even with some…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Doctoral Programs, Associate Degrees
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Inkelas, Karen Kurotsuchi; Zeller, William J.; Murphy, Rena K.; Hummel, Mary L. – About Campus, 2006
The variety of problems identified with undergraduate education at large research universities may best be summed up by a disquieting portrait provided by the Boyer Commission. In its 1998 report, called "Reinventing Undergraduate Education", the commission described thousands of undergraduates receiving instruction from novice teaching…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Students, Research Universities, Schools
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