ERIC Number: ED503180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: N/A
Graduate Students in Transition: Assisting Students through the First Year. The First-Year Experience Monograph Series No. 50
Tokuno, Kenneth A. Ed.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
On many campuses, graduate students are a prized resource, supporting faculty research and the undergraduate instructional mission. Yet, attrition rates among master's and doctoral students are often alarmingly high. The 50th installment of The First-Year Experience Monograph Series describes the challenges associated with entry into graduate study and offers information about new initiatives and programs designed to ease their transition--from unique orientations and mentoring structures to transition courses and graduate student centers. Following a preface (Vincent Tinto) and introduction "Graduate Students in Transition: Assisting Students through the First Year" (Kenneth A. Tokuno), the monograph includes 11 chapters in two sections. The first section, Overview of Graduate Student Education: Issues, Theories, and Specific Populations, includes: (1) Transitions in Context: An Overview of U.S. Graduate Education (Kim Rapp and Chris M. Golde); (2) Theories Relating to the Transition into Graduate Study (Kenneth A. Tokuno); (3) Transitional Needs of Master's Students (Joshua Alexander and Michelle Maher); (4) Graduate Students of Color: Unique Challenges (Miya T. Simpson); and (5) International Graduate Students: Adjusting to Study in the United States (Maureen Snow Andrade). The second section, Strategies, Initiatives, and Innovations, includes: (6) Orientation Programs for Graduate Students (Michael C. Poock); (7) The Transition Course: Supporting Graduate Students' Adjustment (Jan Allen); (8) A New Context for Mentoring: Graduate Learning Communities (Richard Pratt and Kenneth A. Tokuno); (9) Graduate Student Centers: Locus for Services and Community (Lydia Soleil); (10) An Expanded Perspective on the Graduate Transition: Strategies for Supporting Students from Application to Completion of the First Year (Leslie B. Sims); and (11) Conclusion: Recommendations for Practice (Kenneth A. Tokuno). Author information is included.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Mentors, Student Attrition, School Orientation, Student Unions, Developmental Continuity, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Students
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
Identifiers - Location: United States