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Tables and Figures
Foreword—Tracy L. Skipper
Introduction—Janine Graziano and Lauren Chism Schmidt
Part I: Rationale for and Implementation of Combined Programs
Chapter 1: The Case for Connecting First-Year Seminars and Learning Communities—Ashley Finley and George D. Kuh
Chapter 2: National Practices for Combining First-Year Seminars and Learning Communities—Jean M. Henscheid, Tracy L. Skipper, and Dallin G. Young
Chapter 3: Administering Combined First-Year Seminar and Learning Community Programs—Nia Haydel and Liya Escalera
Chapter 4: Teaching in Combined Programs—Lisa Dresdner and Ruthanna Spiers
Chapter 5: What Should We Be Assessing and Why? —Michele J. Hansen and Maureen A. Pettitt
Part II: Contexts for Implementation: Models From Two- and Four-Year Institutions
Case Study 1: Inviting the Mother Tongue and a First-Year Seminar to Promote Success Among Spanish-Speaking ESL Students—Bronx Community College
Case Study 2: The Metro College Success Program: Redesigning the First Two Years of College—City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University
Case Study 3: The Targeted Learning Community: A Comprehensive Approach to Promoting the Success of First-Year Students in General Chemistry—Kennesaw State University
Case Study 4: Common Courses: A Developing Linked Coursework Perspective—The University of South Carolina
Case Study 5: Need a Little TLC? Incorporating First-Year Seminars in Themed Learning Communities—Northern Illinois University
Case Study 6: Writing Across the Curriculum Through Community Engagement: Exploring the Foster Care System in a Thematic Living and Learning Community—Cabrini College
Case Study 7: Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) —Mt. Hood Community College
Conclusion—Lauren Chism Schmidt and Janine Graziano
"Building Synergy for High-Impact Educational Initiatives is a virtual 'how to' manual for designing, implementing, and assessing a combination of two powerful high-impact practices—first-year seminars and learning communities. Recognizing that context matters, Chism Schimdt and Graziano offer us the bonus of case studies, preserving the unique voice and character of both the writers and the programs surveyed."Jack Mino, Coordinator, Learning Community Program, Holyoke Community College