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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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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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Schroeder, Charles – About Campus, 2003
John Gardner reflects on everything from current efforts to improve the first-year experience to the assessment movement, student expectations of college, professional preparation for student affairs, and more. (Author)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Educational Assessment, Expectation, Higher Education