Thriving in Transitions

A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success
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Published: November 2020

240 pp., 6" x 9"
Language: English
Edition 2

When it was originally released, Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success represented a paradigm shift in the student success literature, moving the student success conversation beyond college completion to focus on student characteristics 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. Drawing on research on college student thriving completed since 2012, the newly revised 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. New to this edition is a chapter focused on the role of faculty in supporting college student thriving.

Table of Contents:

Preface—Laurie A. Schreiner, Michelle C. Louis, and Denise D. Nelson 

Introduction: A New View of Student Success—Jillian Kinzie

1: From Surviving to Thriving During Transitions—Laurie A. Schreiner

2: A Strengths Development Model for Enhancing College Student Thriving—Michelle C. Louis and Laurie A. Schreiner

3: Thriving From the Start: Equipping Students for Success in the First Year—Denise D. Nelson, Deb Vetter, and Matthew K. Vetter

4: Thriving and Students of Color: Daily Transitions on Predominantly White Campuses—Kristin Paredes-Collins and Eric J. McIntosh

5: Thriving in High-Risk Students—Rishi Sriram and Jennifer Tharp

6: Beyond Sophomore Survival—Laurie A. Schreiner, Tamera Pullins, and Eric J. McIntosh

7: Maximizing Transfer: Thriving on a New Campus—Eric J. McIntosh and Denise D. Nelson

8: Thriving in the Senior-Year Transition—Michelle C. Louis and Eileen Hulme

9: The Role of Faculty in College Student Thriving—Laurie A. Schreiner, Tami K. Martinez, Jennifer Drumm, and Crystal Keetch

10: Recommendations for Facilitating Thriving in Transitions—Laurie A. Schreiner, Denise D. Nelson, and Michelle C. Louis


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