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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.
List of Tables
Preface—Laurie A. Schreiner, Michelle C. Louis, and Denise D. Nelson
Introduction: A New View of Student Success—Jillian Kinzie
Chapter 1: From Surviving to Thriving During Transitions—Laurie A. Schreiner
Chapter 2: Helping Students Thrive: A Strengths Development Model—Michelle C. Louis and Laurie A. Schreiner
Chapter 3: Thriving in the First College Year—Denise D. Nelson and Deb Vetter
Chapter 4: Thriving in Students of Color on Predominantly White Campuses: A Divergent Path? —Kristin Paredes-Collins
Chapter 5: Thriving in High-Risk Students—Rishi Sriram and Deb Vetter
Chapter 6: Beyond Sophomore Survival—Laurie A. Schreiner, Sharyn Slavin Miller, Tamera L. Pullins, and Troy L. Seppelt
Chapter 7: Transfer Students: Thriving in a New Institution—Eric J. McIntosh and Denise D. Nelson
Chapter 8: Thriving in the Senior-Year Transition—Michelle C. Louis and Eileen Hulme
Chapter 9: Recommendations for Facilitating Thriving in Transitions—Laurie A. Schreiner, Denise D. Nelson, and Michelle C. Louis
About the Authors
“At a time in higher education when retention and graduation rates are prominent topics in department meetings and committees, this book was a breath of fresh air …. The concept of thriving suggests that an expanded definition of student success—one that includes more than completion rates—is needed in higher education.”- NACADA Journal