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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, RenĂ©e 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