Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development

Author(s): Joseph B Cuseo, Aaron Thompson, Michele Campagna, Viki S Fecas

Edition: 4

Copyright: 2016


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Thriving in College & Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development covers the full range of topics and issues that impact student success. Content is delivered through a variety of educational formats and learning modalities, including snapshot summaries, concept maps, content-relevant cartoons, inspirational quotes from successful students and influential people, and poignant personal stories from the authors.

The book is:

1. Substantive

  • Built on a bedrock of robust research drawn from multiple academic disciplines and student development theories.
  • Equips students with a comprehensive set of specific, action-based strategies that identify what to do to succeed in college and compelling reasons why to do it.

2. Holistic

  • Focuses on the student as a whole person (social, emotional, physical, financial, etc.), addressing both academic and “nonacademic” factors that affect student success.
  • Targets lifelong learning practices that facilitate students’ transition to, through, and beyond college.

3. Interactive

  • Pre-chapter questions activate students’ thinking and prior knowledge about the upcoming topic.
  • Within-chapter questions punctuate students’ reading with opportunities for reflection.
  • Post-chapter exercises consolidate knowledge acquired from the chapter and promote practical application.

The new sixth edition features:

  • expanded coverage of diversity, equity and inclusion plus information on implicit bias, systemic racism and anti-racism
  • information literacy expanded to include media literacy—strategies for evaluating credibility of news sources, recognizing fact-based journalism, and detecting news-media bias, misinformation, disinformation, and conspiratorial thinking
  • mental health coverage augmented by positive psychology principles and practices
  • mindfulness principles and practices infused across chapters
  • brain-based learning and emotional wellness strategies embedded throughout the book
  • updated research evidence and internet resources included in all chapters

About the Authors

Chapter 1: Touching All the Bases
Using Powerful Principles of Student Success and Key Campus Resources

Powerful Principles of College Success
Principle 1. Active Involvement (Engagement)
     Time Spent in Class
     Time Spent on Coursework Outside of Class
     Active Involvement (Engagement) in the Learning Process
     Active Classroom Listening and Note-Taking
     Active Class Participation
     Active Reading

Principle 2. Capitalizing on Campus Resources (Resourcefulness)
     Learning Center (a.k.a. Academic Resource Center or Academic Success Center)
     Writing Center
     Campus Library
     Disability Services (a.k.a. Disability Resource Center)
     Financial Aid Office
     Academic Advisement
     Career Development Center (a.k.a. Career Center)
     Health and Wellness Center
     Personal Counseling Center
     Office of Student Life (Student Development)

Principle 3. Interpersonal Interaction and Collaboration (Social Integration)
     Student–Faculty Interaction
Interacting with Academic Advisors
Interacting with a Mentor
Interaction with Peers (Student–Student Interaction)
Principle 4. Reflection, Self-Awareness, and Mindfulness

Summary & Conclusion
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 1 Exercises

Chapter 2: Liberal Arts and General Education
What It Means to be Well-Educated in the 21st Century

The Meaning and Purpose of the Liberal Arts
The Liberal Arts Curriculum
Major Bodies of Knowledge in the General Education Curriculum
     Fine Arts
     Natural Sciences
     Social and Behavioral Sciences
     Physical Health and Wellness

The Liberal Arts Liberate You from Narrowness and Broaden Your Perspectives
The Social–Spatial Perspective: Moving Beyond the Self to the Wider World
     The Perspective of Family
     The Perspective of Community
     The Perspective of Society
     The National Perspective
     The International Perspective
     The Global Perspective
     The Perspective of the Universe (Cosmos)

The Chronological Perspective: Embracing the Past, Present, and Future
     Historical Perspective
     Contemporary Perspective
     Futuristic Perspective

The Synoptic Perspective: Integrating Multiple Perspectives into a Coherent Whole
The Liberal Arts Develop Transferable Skills that Can be Applied across Different Contexts and Situations
How the Liberal Arts Develop Skills for Success in a College Major
How the Liberal Arts Enhance Career Preparation and Career Success
The Liberal Arts Develop the Whole Person
The Co-Curriculum: Using Your Whole Campus to Develop Yourself as a Whole Person
The Liberal Arts Prepare You for Lifelong Learning
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 2 Exercises

Chapter 3: Goal Setting and Motivation Moving From Intention To Action
The Relationship between Goal Setting and Success

Characteristics of a Well-Designed Goal
Strategies for Maintaining Motivation and Making Progress Toward Goals
Characteristics of Successful People
Growth Mindset
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 3 Exercises

Chapter 4: Time Management
Prioritizing Tasks, Preventing Procrastination, and Promoting Productivity

The Relationship between Goal Setting, Managing Time, and Managing Tasks
The Importance of Time Management for College Students
Strategies for Managing Time and Tasks
Developing a Time-Management Plan
Key Elements of an Effective Time-Management Plan
Making Productive Use of “Free Time” Outside the Classroom
Combating Procrastination
Myths That Promote Procrastination
Strategies for Preventing and Overcoming Procrastination
Psychological Causes of Procrastination
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 4 Exercises

Chapter 5: Deep Learning
Strategic Note-Taking, Reading, and Studying

What is Deep Learning and Why is it Important?
Stages in the Learning and Memory Process
Effective Lecture-Listening and Note-Taking Strategies
     Pre-Lecture Strategies: What to Do Before Class
     Listening and Note-Taking Strategies: What to Do During Class
     Post-Lecture Strategies: What to Do After Class

Strategic Reading
     Pre-Reading Strategies: What to Do Before Reading
     Strategies to Use During the Reading Process
     Post-Reading Strategies: What to Do After Reading

Strategic Studying: Learning Deeply and Remembering Longer
     Give Studying Undivided Attention
     Make Meaningful Associations
     Integrate Information from Lectures and Readings
     Distribute Study Time across Separate Study Sessions
     Use the “Part-to-Whole” Study Method
     Capitalize on the Power of Visual Learning
     Build Variety into the Study Process
     Learn with Emotion
     Learn Collaboratively

Self-Monitoring: Self-Assessment for Deep Learning
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 5 Exercises

Chapter 6: Test-Taking Skills and Strategies
What to Do Before, During, and After Exams

Pre-Test Strategies: What to Do in Advance of Exams
     Creating Retrieval Cues

Strategies to Use Immediately Before a Test
Strategies to Use during Exams
Strategies for Answering Multiple-Choice Test Questions
Strategies for Answering Essay Questions
Post-Test Strategies: What to Do After Receiving Test Results
Test Anxiety: Recognizing and Reducing It
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 6 Exercises

Chapter 7: Three Key Academic Success and Lifelong Learning Skills
Information Literacy, Media Literacy, Writing and Speaking

The Importance of Research and Communication Skills
Information Literacy: Research Strategies for Locating and Evaluating Information
     Conducting Information Searches for Research Reports
Media Literacy
Strategies for Detecting Fake (False) News and Disinformation
Writing Skills and Strategies
     Writing to Learn
     Writing to Listen
     Writing to Read
     Writing to Remember
     Writing to Organize
     Writing to Study
     Writing to Understand
     Writing to Create
     Writing to Discuss
     Writing for Problem Solving

Writing Papers and Reports
Public Speaking: Making Oral Presentations and Delivering Speeches
     Strategies for Making Effective Oral Presentations
Managing Speech Anxiety
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 7 Exercises

Chapter 8: Higher-Level Thinking
Moving Beyond Basic Knowledge to Critical and Creative Thinking

What Is Higher-Level Thinking?
Benefits of Higher-Level Thinking
Major Forms of Higher-Level Thinking
Analysis (Analytical Thinking)
Synthesis (Integrative Thinking)
Application (Applied Thinking)
Multidimensional Thinking
Balanced Thinking
Critical Thinking (Evaluation)
     Critical Thinking and Inferential Reasoning
Logical Fallacies: Recognizing and Avoiding Inferential Reasoning Errors:
Creative Thinking
Strategies for Stimulating Creative Thinking
Using Higher-Level Thinking Skills to Improve Academic Performance in College
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 8 Exercises

Chapter 9: Social and Emotional Intelligence
Relating to Others and Regulating Emotions

The Importance of Social and Emotional Intelligence
Listening: A Key Element of Social Intelligence
Active Listening Strategies
Speaking and Conversational Skills
Interpersonal Relationship Skills (a.k.a. Human Relations Skills)
     Dating and Romantic Relationships
     Forms and Stages of Love

Managing Interpersonal Conflict
     Strategies for Resolving Conflicts Assertively

Emotional Intelligence
     Becoming a Leader
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 9 Exercises

Chapter 10: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Appreciating, Learning From, and Treating Different Social Groups Fairly

What is Diversity?
Diversity and Humanity
Diversity and Individuality
     Inclusion and Equity
Forms and Varieties of Diversity
     Cultural Diversity
     Racial Diversity

The Distinction between Race and Ethnicity
     The Growing Ethnic and Racial Diversity in America
Socioeconomic Diversity
International Diversity
Gender Diversity
Sexual-Orientation and Gender-Identity Diversity
Generational Diversity
The Benefits of Experiencing Diversity
     Diversity Increases Self-Awareness and Self-Knowledge
     Diversity Widens, Deepens, and Accelerates Learning
     Diversity Strengthens Our Ability to Think Critically from Multiple Perspectives
     Diversity Enhances Creative Thinking & Innovative Problem Solving
     Diversity Expands Social Networks and Builds Emotional Intelligence
     Diversity Enhances Career Preparation and Career Success
     Barriers to Appreciating and Learning from Diversity

Implicit Bias
     Strategies for Overcoming Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Strategies for Increasing Personal Contact and Interpersonal Interaction with Members of Diverse Groups
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 10 Exercises

Chapter 11: Financial Wellness
Managing Money and Minimizing Debt

Sources of Income for Financing a College Education
     Student Loans
     Veterans Benefits
     Salary Earnings
     Developing Financial Self-Awareness
     Tracking Cash Flow

Developing a Plan for Managing Money and Minimizing Debt
     Long-Range Fiscal Planning: Effective Strategies for Financing a College Education
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 11 Exercises

Chapter 12: Physical Wellness
Preserving Bodily Health and Promoting Peak Performance

What Is Wellness?
Physical Wellness
Nutrition Management Strategies
Exercise and Fitness
     Physical Benefits of Exercise
     Strategies for Maximizing the Physical Benefits of Exercise

Rest and Sleep
     The Value and Purposes of Sleep
     Strategies for Improving Sleep Quality
     Adjusting Academic Work Tasks to Your Biological Rhythms

Alcohol Use among College Students
     Alcohol Abuse
Use and Abuse of Illegal Drugs
     Motives (Reasons) for Drug Use
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
     Campus Safety
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 12 Exercises

Chapter 13: Psychological Wellness
Maintaining Mental Health and Attaining Positive Emotional Experiences

Mental Health and Self-Esteem
Strategies for Improving and Preserving Self-Esteem
Emotional Disorders
Stress and Anxiety
     Symptoms (Signs) of Anxiety
     Stress-Management Strategies

     Symptoms (Signs) of Major Depression
     Bipolar Disorder (a.k.a. Manic Depression)
     Strategies for Coping with Milder Forms of Depression and Promoting Positive Emotions

Unhealthy Relationships
     Abusive Relationships
     Signs of an Abusive Relationship:
     Strategies for Avoiding or Escaping Abusive Relationships:
     Sexual Assault (a.k.a. Sexual Violence)
     Suggested Safety Strategies for Minimizing Risk of Being Victimized by Sexual Assault
     Practices that Reduce the Risk of Being a Perpetrator of Sexual Assault
     Sexual Harassment
     Recommendations for Dealing with Sexual Harassment

Eating Disorders
     Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency
Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 13 Exercises

Chapter 14: Educational Planning and Decision-Making
Making Wise Choices about Your College Courses, College Major, and Academic Pathway

To Be or Not to Be Decided: What Research Shows about Students’ Choice of a College Major
The Importance of Long-Range Educational Planning: Paving Your Academic Pathway
Factors to Consider When Choosing and Confirming Your Choice of a College Major
     Learning Talents: Multiple Intelligences
     Learning Values
     Learning Interests
     Strategies for Learning about Different Majors

Myths about the Relationship between Majors and Careers
     Myth 1. When you choose your major, you’re choosing your career.
     Myth 2. If you decide to continue your education beyond college, you have to continue in the same field as your major.
     Myth 3. Because most college graduates are employed in business organizations or corporations, it’s best to major in business.
     Myth 4. If you major in a liberal arts field, the only career available to you is teaching.

Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 14 Exercises

Chapter 15: Career Exploration, Preparation, and Development
Finding a Path to Your Future Profession

The Importance of Career Planning
Strategies for Career Exploration and Preparation
     Step 1. Awareness of Self
     Step 2. Awareness of Career Options
     Strategies for Gaining Awareness of Your Career Options
     Step 3. Awareness of Career Options that Provide the Best “Fit” for You 399ep 4. Awareness of the Major Steps Needed to Reach Your Career Goals
     Career Readiness
     Self-Marketing: Packaging and Presenting Your Skills, Strengths, and Attributes
     Course Transcript
     Co-Curricular Experiences
     Personal Resume
     Letters of Recommendation (Letters of Reference)
     Personal Interview

Internet-Based Resources
Chapter 15 Exercises
Glossary and Dictionary of College Success Terminology

Joseph B Cuseo

Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology. For more than 25 years, he directed the first-year seminar—a core college success course required of all new students.
He’s a 14-time recipient of the “faculty member of the year award” on his home campus—a student-driven award based on effective teaching and academic advising; a recipient of the “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award” from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition; and a recipient of the “Diamond Honoree Award” from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) for contributions made to student development and the Student Affairs profession.
+++__Currently, Joe serves as an educational advisor and consultant for AVID—a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the college access and college success of underserved student populations. He has delivered hundreds of campus workshops and conference presentations across North America, as well as Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

Aaron Thompson

Aaron Thompson is a nationally recognized leader in higher education with a focus on policy, student success and organizational leadership and design. He serves as President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and as professor of sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He recently served as interim president of Kentucky State University. Thompson holds a doctorate in sociology in areas of organizational behavior and race and gender relations.

His leadership experience spans 27 years across higher education, business and numerous non-profit boards. Thompson has researched, taught and consulted in areas of diversity, leadership, ethics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first-year students, retention, cultural competence and organizational design throughout his career.

As a highly sought after national speaker, Thompson has presented more than 800 workshops, seminars and invited lectures in areas of race and gender diversity, living an unbiased life, overcoming obstacles to gain success, creating a school environment for academic success, cultural competence, workplace interaction, leadership, organizational goal setting, building relationships, the first-year seminar, and a variety of other topics. He continues to serve as a consultant to educational institutions (elementary, secondary and postsecondary), corporations, non-profit organizations, police departments and other governmental agencies.

Thompson has published more than 30 publications and numerous research and peer reviewed presentations. He has authored or co-authored the following books: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up, The Sociological Outlook, Infusing Diversity and Cultural Competence into Teacher Education, Peer to Peer Leadership: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up. He also co-authored Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success, Thriving in the Community College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development, Diversity and the College Experience, Focus on Success and Black Men and Divorce.

Michele Campagna

Michele Campagna, Ed.D., is the executive director of the Center for Advising and Student Transitions at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Dr. Campagna provides leadership for a comprehensive and holistic program designed to retain and engage first-year, freshman, sophomore, and transfer students. Dr. Campagna has over 20 years of experience teaching various types of first-year seminar courses and directing services for students in transition at both two-year and four-year institutions.

Dr. Campagna holds an Ed.D. in higher education and is a recipient of the “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award” from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. She is the author of “New Student Experience: A Holistic and Collaborative Approach to First-Year Retention” in Exploring the Evidence: Campus-Wide Initiatives in the First College Year, published by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Dr. Campagna has presented at many statewide and national conferences on designing and implementing student engagement and retention initiatives, strategic planning, assessment, and diversity.

Viki S Fecas

Viki Sox Fecas has a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of South Carolina (USC). In her role as program manager for freshman and prefreshman programs, she coordinated the career component for all 150+ sections of the number one-ranked University 101 program in the country. She served as a career resource for international scholars visiting the National Resource Center (NRC).

Viki has served as an adjunct professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at USC. She was recognized as the Outstanding Freshman Advocate in 1996. She took University 101 as a freshman at USC, and has been teaching for over 20 years, including sections dedicated to transfer students. Her research interests center around the transition of college students, with a special interest in transfer students. She has written career chapters for the U101 Transitions book and Your College Experience. She has been a regular presenter at both the National First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Conferences sponsored by the NRC.

I am happy to report that for the first time in the history of the course (since the pilot during fall 2013) I see a correlation between performance in the class and fall GPA and retention to spring semester. I understand that correlation does not equate to causation, but it was very validating to see the course moving in the right direction, and I attribute this largely to [Cuseo's] book.
Ney Arias, Senior Director
First Year Experience & Retention Programs
Florida Gulf Coast University

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