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ERIC Number: ED558971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 216
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-8892-7183-5
Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success
Schreiner, Laurie A., Ed.; Louis, Michelle C., Ed.; Nelson, Denise D., Ed.
National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
"Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success" represents a paradigm shift in the student success literature. Grounded in positive psychology, the thriving concept reframes the student success conversation by focusing on the characteristics amenable to change and that promote high levels of academic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal performance in the college environment. The authors contend that a focus on remediating student characteristics or merely encouraging specific behaviors is inadequate to promote success in college and beyond. The collection presents six research studies describing the characteristics that predict thriving in different groups of college students, including first-year students, transfer students, high-risk students, students of color, sophomores, and seniors, and offers recommendations for helping students thrive in college and life. Following a list of tables, preface, and introduction by Jillian Kinzie, this book is organized into the following chapters: (1) From Surviving to Thriving During Transitions (Laurie A. Schreiner); (2) Helping Students Thrive: A Strengths Development Model (Michelle C. Louis and Laurie A. Schreiner); (3) Thriving in the First College Year (Denise D. Nelson and Deb Vetter); (4) Thriving in Students of Color on Predominantly White Campuses: A Divergent Path? (Kristin Parades-Collins); (5) Thriving in High-Risk Students (Rishi Sriram and Deb Vetter); (6) Beyond Sophomore Survival (Laurie A. Schreiner, Sharyn Slavin Miller, Tamera L. Pullins, and Troy L. Seppelt); (7) Transfer Students: Thriving in a New Institution (Eric J. McIntosh and Denise D. Nelson); (8) Thriving in the Senior-Year Transition )Michelle C. Louis and Eileen Hulme); and (9) Recommendations for Facilitating Thriving in Transitions (Laurie A. Schreiner, Denise D. Nelson, and Michelle C. Louis). An index and a section about the authors is included.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition