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Rosenberger, Eric W. – About Campus, 2011
Traditional-age college students face a host of challenges during the transition from home to campus. Perhaps one of the most substantial challenges--one that relates directly to adjustment and quality of life--involves the formation of new relationships, and the awareness, development, and establishment of boundaries between their own emerging…
Descriptors: College Students, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Quality of Life
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Museus, Samuel D.; Yee, April L.; Lambe, Susan A. – About Campus, 2011
This article is based on the premise that educators must work to first understand what happens when multiracial students encounter campus environments that perpetuate "colorblind ideologies"--that is, worldviews that suggest that race and racism do not significantly influence people's experiences. The authors argue that educators have a…
Descriptors: College Students, Multiracial Persons, Racial Attitudes, Race
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Drake, Jayne K. – About Campus, 2011
In this article, the author describes a story about Bernie, who found a strong mentoring relationship with a faculty member--a sympathetic ear, a willing advisor, someone who cared about whether he stayed or left the institution. The story points to the power of advising, communicating, and mentoring in student success and persistence to…
Descriptors: Mentors, Academic Persistence, Academic Advising, School Holding Power
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Shushok, Frank, Jr.; Scales, T. Laine; Sriram, Rishi; Kidd, Vera – About Campus, 2011
There is likely no campus facility where students spend more time than a residence hall--not the student union, an academic building, or an athletic facility. Especially on a residential campus, where students may spend two, three, or more years living in residence, the potential impact of campus residential environments on student learning is…
Descriptors: Campuses, Beliefs, Dormitories, College Housing
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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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Hall, Karen E. – About Campus, 2011
American author Napoleon Hill stated that "with every disappointment, heartbreak, or failure, there exists an equal (usually greater) positive benefit." In this article, the author shares how weathering her own personal storms has helped her to guide her students to the learning opportunities inherent in their challenges. Her experience with the…
Descriptors: College Students, Experience, Transformative Learning, Psychological Patterns
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Bonfiglio, Robert A. – About Campus, 2011
Are athletics a positive or negative educational force? The viewpoint widely shared across academe is that participation in intercollegiate athletics has a positive impact on students and contributes to learning and moral development. Often, this notion is captured in the phrase "character development," a shorthand way to describe the individual…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Student Participation, Student Development, Moral Development
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Goodman, Kathleen M.; Magolda, Marcia Baxter; Seifert, Tricia A.; King, Patricia M. – About Campus, 2011
Since 2006, 19 institutions across the United States have been trying to figure out how to work smarter through their participation in the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. Drawing on data from the first year of the study, the robust, mixed-methods study the authors report in this article evaluated growth in the first year of…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Experience, Liberal Arts, Inferences
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Stewart, Dafina Lazarus; Kocet, Michael M.; Lobdell, Sharon – About Campus, 2011
Religious pluralism is not the first type of diversity higher education has faced. In a 1998 article, Sylvia Hurtado, Jeffrey Milem, Alma Clayton-Pedersen, and Walter Allen advocated the necessity of using a multidimensional framework for enhancing the campus climate for racial and ethnic diversity. Their model began with acknowledging the…
Descriptors: Religious Factors, Spiritual Development, Institutional Characteristics, Organizational Climate
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Rosenberger, Eric W. – About Campus, 2011
Over the past few years, the language of interpersonal "boundaries" has migrated from the clinical to the public domain, and many young people in particular are familiar with the concept of boundaries in relationships with others. Not only do boundaries help to define relationships with others, but they also clarify one's unique sense of self.…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Social Cognition, Individual Needs, Beliefs
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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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Lundberg, Carol – About Campus, 2011
Students' life circumstances need not marginalize them. The author's students--Margot and Steve--missed out on her full support because she assumed they had lots of support of their own, given their race and the socioeconomic status she assigned to them. She focused on their papers, not their lives. The complicated areas of students' lives don't…
Descriptors: Caring, Teacher Student Relationship, At Risk Students, Emotional Intelligence
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Davidson, Ron; Henderson, Lynette K.; Knotts, Greg; Swain, John – About Campus, 2011
Many competing factors are now affecting how students think about higher education. One primary factor is the use of a business model for education--highlighting profit, patents, commercial investments, and the use of market competition, for example--appears to have become commonplace. Boards of education and university presidents now include a…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Lifelong Learning, Performance Factors, Educational Objectives
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Boggs, George R. – About Campus, 2011
The focus on educational attainment has taken on a renewed sense of national urgency. It is now commonly accepted that educational achievement is correlated with higher individual lifetime earnings and a better quality of life. Increasing the general level of education is also seen as important for the well-being of society and the economic…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Attainment, Institutional Characteristics, College Role
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Jenkins, Toby S. – About Campus, 2011
Throughout many ethnic communities, culture, place, and education have always been important to each other. There are countless creative strategies and approaches to education, inclusion, and personal development that can be derived from studying cultural spaces within any culture. In this article, the author looks specifically at the African…
Descriptors: African Americans, African American Achievement, African American Culture, Social Experience
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