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Smithers, Laura E. – About Campus, 2020
Policy optimization, a variant of The Input-Environment-Output's (I-E-O's) environmental optimization, has found traction on the edges of and outside of the discipline of higher education. It has spawned an entire industry of vendors (e.g., EAB, Starfish, and the myriad vendors specific to functional areas) selling student success solutions, and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Environment, Student College Relationship, Outcomes of Education
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Brier, Ellen M.; Hirschy, Amy S.; Braxton, John M. – About Campus, 2008
The Strategic Retention Initiative is an administrative practice which involves calling all first-year students. The initiative is guided by an institutional commitment to the well-being of students and represents an institutional investment in student persistence. The development and implementation of the Strategic Retention Initiative was…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Integrity, School Holding Power, Theory Practice Relationship
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Gahagan, Jimmie; Hunter, Mary Stuart – About Campus, 2006
Three decades of research and practice have demonstrated the power and importance of the experience of students who are making the transition from high school to college. Student persistence to the sophomore year and, ultimately, persistence to graduation are at stake. This recognition of the critical nature of the first year has motivated…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence, College Students, Student Attrition
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Eubanks, Philip W.; Lynch, Richard A. – About Campus, 2005
College support staff members often have an important, if sometimes unrecognized, impact on students' lives. Regardless of their job responsibilities, these individuals generally care deeply about the academic environment and the institution in general. When these individuals demonstrate to others how much they care, they are helping to build a…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Student Attitudes, Educational Environment, Males
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Torres, Vasti – About Campus, 2003
In order to improve the enrollment and retention statistics of Latino students, colleges and universities need to evaluate their approach toward Latino students and use culturally sensitive methods to asses how well students' needs are being met. This research focused on the relationship between ethnic identity and acculturation, which illustrates…
Descriptors: College Environment, College Students, Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education
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Chang, Mitchell J. – About Campus, 2002
As campuses become more diverse, the racial dynamics become more complex. The evolution of and particularly the structure of student organizations have been both remarkably sensitive to enrollment shifts and instrumental in shaping campus racial dynamics. The author outlines these shifts along with possibilities for the future. (Author)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Students, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Institutional)
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Klein, Kevin – About Campus, 2002
Many in education want to work better with their colleagues in order to create a dynamic and exciting environment in which students can learn. Along with this, educators also want to help students learn how to work together better. According to the author educators need to learn how to engage in productive dialogue and beyond either-or thinking.…
Descriptors: College Environment, College Faculty, College Students, Conflict Resolution
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Magolda, Marcia B. Baxter – About Campus, 2002
By the time students graduate from college, most still have not achieved the kind of self-authorship that would allow them to think independently, make choices, and pursue their dreams. What can be done to help them develop this capacity and make the most of their college experience? One way, says the author, is to be better company. (Author)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Role, College Students, Higher Education
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Bonfiglio, Robert A. – About Campus, 2002
Incoming college students often find themselves overwhelmed by their coursework. Campus programs, such as cultural education and leadership training, are intended to aid students in their transition to the academic setting but can instead lead to further stress. Without unprogrammed time, students do not have a chance to analyze their thoughts…
Descriptors: College Programs, College Students, Higher Education, Program Effectiveness
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About Campus, 2002
As society becomes more and more complex, students' understanding about their place and purpose in life becomes increasingly unclear. Sharon Parks talks with Tony Chambers about how colleges and universities can become mentoring environments that help students find their way. (Author)
Descriptors: College Role, College Students, Interviews, Mentors
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Lamadrid, Lucas – About Campus, 2002
Facilitation is a good thing, but too much can be a problem. What can happen when parents and educators overfacilitate? One way to avoid this common pitfall is for administrators and faculty to work in partnership with parents to maintain a healthy balance in facilitating the education of the students. (Author)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Students, Higher Education, Intervention
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Howard, Adam – About Campus, 2001
More economically disadvantaged students are attending college than ever before, yet only a small percentage of them actually graduate. As the author points out, helping students get into college is only half the battle. Along with financial support, these students need academic and social support, as well as supportive relationships. (BF)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Attendance, College Students, Economically Disadvantaged
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Vander Putten, Jim – About Campus, 2001
We need, says the author, to stop pretending that class doesn't exist and begin to critically consider it as rigorously as we do race and gender. Because social class can play a significant role in explaining the college experiences of women and students of color from working-class backgrounds, it must play a significant role in defining…
Descriptors: College Environment, College Students, Diversity (Institutional), Diversity (Student)
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Newton, Fred B.; Newton, Doug – About Campus, 2001
When the authors wanted to combat the myth that excessive drinking and partying were common behaviors among students, they turned for help to a recent popular book on marketing and social behavior. The result was a trial project that identified and recruited the most influential students on campus, then set them loose to get the message out.…
Descriptors: College Environment, College Students, Drinking, Group Behavior
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Rowley, Larry L. – About Campus, 2001
With the dearth of African American men in academe, African American college men have few opportunities to be mentored by those who can best help them make sense of their experience. Du Bois' writings give voice to much of the African American college experience and provide concrete examples of how to think, act, and persevere in the U.S.…
Descriptors: Black Students, College Environment, College Students, Higher Education
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