EDITOR’S NOTES (Frankie Santos Laanan
1. Lessons Learned: Achieving Institutional Change in Support of Students in Transition (Mary Stuart Hunter)
This chapter traces the origins, history, and evolution of the First-Year Experience movement. The author explores how what has been learned about improving the first-year experience can be generalized and broadened to colleges and universities.
2. Beyond Demographics: Understanding the College Experience Through Television (Barbara F. Tobolowsky)
The author explores aspects of the prime-time portrait of college in the media and the extent to which college attendance, student adjustment, experiences with faculty, trauma of finals, and other academic challenges influence our holistic understanding of today’s incoming students.
3. Promoting New-Student Success: Assessing Academic Development and Achievement Among First-Year Students (Jennifer R. Keup)
This chapter reports national data of students who completed the Cooperative Institutional Research Program’s 2002 Freshman Survey and the 2003 Your First College Year survey. The author examines the extent to which student experiences and campus programs affect academic and cognitive outcomes of the first year of college.
4. Who Will We Serve in the Future? The New Student in Transition (Jaime Lester)
This chapter describes the new trend in student transfer and the services designed to serve the “traditional” transfer student. Using California as a context, the author discusses the implications of a changing student demographic, in particular the growing numbers of Hispanic students in higher education. Two notable programs providing successful transitional services are presented, along with recommendations for practice to meet the needs of transfer students.
5. International Students in Transition: Changes in Access to U.S. Higher Education (Soko S. Starobin)
Changes in the United States following 9/11 have had a direct impact on higher education. This chapter discusses policy issues that affect the access of international students to education in the United States and the role of student services in facilitating and fostering a welcoming environment. The author presents recommendations for student services practitioners and researchers to enhance international education in the United States.
6. Adult Learners in Transition (Jonathan I. Compton, Elizabeth Cox, Frankie Santos Laanan)
Adult learners are a growing population in the nation’s colleges and universities. This chapter presents demographic data on this population and discusses the challenges, characteristics, and transitional roles of these students, along with implications for student services professionals.
7. Increasing Retention and Success of Students of Color at Research-Extensive Universities (Steven R. Aragon, Mario Rios Perez)
The authors discuss the Academic Year Research Experience Program developed at a research university in the Midwest. The program seeks to increase the number of students of color and graduation rates among students transferring from the neighboring community college.
8. Forced Transitions: The Impact of Natural Disasters and Other Events on College Students (John H. Schuh, Frankie Santos Laanan)
Hurricane Katrina damaged colleges and universities and displaced thousands of students in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and part of western Florida. This chapter presents a hypothetical situation related to students who were displaced by the catastrophe and offers implications for higher education leaders, faculty, student support services, and college personnel.