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

Author(s): Joseph B Cuseo, Aaron Thompson, Julie McLaughlin

Edition: 4

Copyright: 2020


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Thriving in the Community College & Beyond covers the full range of topics and issues that impact student success. Content is delivered through multiple formats and learning modalities, including snapshot summary boxes, concept maps, content-relevant cartoons, inspiring quotes from successful students and famous people, and poignant personal stories from the authors.

The book is:
1. Substantive

  • Research-based material builds on scholarship from different academic disciplines and student development theories.
  • Models citation of scholarly references that students can emulate.
  • Educates students not only about what they should do to be successful, but provides compelling reasons why they should do it.

2. Interactive

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

Thriving in the Community College and Beyond promotes pride in the community college and articulates the value of an associate degree.

The new fourth edition of Thriving in the Community College and Beyond features:

  • a new chapter on mental health (psychological wellness)
  • career readiness/employability skills included in an expanded career development chapter and infused across chapters
  • new material on the value and relevance of general education for career preparation and personal development
  • new material on information literacy and oral communications skills • new material on student leadership
  • strategies for promoting civility and campus community
  • additional material on grit and resilience
  • newly-revised online resources for further exploration of chapter topics
  • a new pre/post course-assessment instrument accompanies the text

Thriving in the Community College & Beyond focuses on the student as whole person, including both academic and personal strategies that are applicable to success in college and life beyond college.


Adopting instructors are provided comprehensive professional development materials including research-based guidelines for course design, delivery, and assessment. The extensive Instructor’s Manual includes:

  • Information on course planning, topic placement/sequencing, and syllabus design. 
  • Strategies for incentivizing and ensuring that students read the book. 
  • Specific learning objectives to guide student reading that align directly with test-bank questions. 
  • Step-by-step instructional directions for in-class exercises and out-of-class assignments that engage students in active, interactive, and collaborative learning. 
  • Detailed strategies for course and program evaluation, including course-embedded strategies for assessing student learning outcomes, pre/post assessment instrument designed to measure positive changes in student knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes, plus student and instructor course-evaluation surveys.

Chapter 1: College Knowledge

Chapter 2: Making Connections: Four Steps to Your Success

Chapter 3: Goal Setting and Motivation

Chapter 4: Time Management

Chapter 5: Higher-Level Thinking

Chapter 6: Deep Learning

Chapter 7: Test-Taking Skills and Strategies

Chapter 8: Diversity and the Community College

Chapter 9: Financial Literacy

Chapter 10: Social and Emotional Intelligence

Chapter 11: Psychological Wellness

Chapter 12: Physical Wellness

Chapter 13: Educational Planning and Decision-Making

Chapter 14: Career Exploration, Preparation, and Development

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.

Julie McLaughlin

Julie McLaughlin is department chair and professor of the First-Year Experience (FYE) courses, as well as co-chair of the FYE Advisory Committee, at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She has an M.A. in College Student Personnel from Eastern Michigan University. Julie is responsible for assisting in the creation of the three FYE courses that are offered at Cincinnati State, as well as the Psychology of Leadership course whose students serve as peer mentors in FYE courses. She is also responsible for overseeing the FYE curriculum and Instructor Development Program, with the assistance of full-time FYE faculty. McLaughlin is a five-time House-Bruckmann Faculty Excellence Award nominee. Julie previously served as an academic advisor and co-created the Athletic Advising Program at Cincinnati State which has been recognized as an exemplary practice by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and she contributed to the NACADA monograph Advising Student-Athletes: A Collaborative Approach to Success. McLaughlin has presented at multiple national conferences for FYE and NACADA. She has also served as faculty for the Institute on First-Year Student Success in the Community College and the Institute on Developing and Sustaining First-Year Seminars presented by The National Resource Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

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