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.


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

  • expanded coverage of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, plus information on implicit bias, systemic racism, and anti-racism
  • additional ideas and strategies for online learning
  • information on creating habits
  • mindfulness principles and practices infused across chapters
  • mental health coverage augmented by positive psychology principles and practices
  • new infographics to better explain concepts
  • brain-based learning and emotional wellness strategies embedded throughout the book
  • updated research evidence and internet resources included in all chapters

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.

About the Authors

Chapter 1: College Knowledge
The Essentials of Effective College Behavior—In Class and Online

Defining Course Modalities
Top Tips for Academic Success
The Importance of Time Spent on Coursework Outside of Class
Effective Classroom Behavior: The Fundamentals
     Top 20 Rules of Netiquette
     An Inappropriate Email
     An Appropriate Email

Information Literacy: Research Strategies for Locating and Evaluating Information
     Evaluate the Validity and Quality of Your Sources
     Include a Sufficient Number and Variety of Sources
     Use Sources as Stepping-Stones to Your Own Ideas and Conclusions
     Cite Your Sources with Integrity

Public Speaking: Making Oral Presentations and Delivering Speeches
     The Importance of Oral Communication
     Strategies for Making Effective Oral Presentations

Managing Speech Anxiety
Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet-Based Resources

Chapter 2: Making Connections: Four Steps To Your Success
Using Powerful Principles of Student Success and Key Campus Resources

The Covid Experience
Four Steps to College Success
First Step to College Success: Active Involvement (Engagement)
     Active Involvement in the Learning Process
     Active Classroom Listening and Note-Taking
     Active Class Participation
     Active Reading

Second Step to College Success: Capitalizing on Campus Resources (Resourcefulness)
     Academic Support Services
     Disability Services (a.k.a. Office for Students with Special Needs)
     College Library
     Academic Advisement
     Financial Aid Office
     Student Development Services and Office of Student Activities
     Counseling Center
     Additional Campus Resources

Third Step to College Success: Interpersonal Interaction and Collaboration (Social Integration)
     Student–Faculty Interaction
     Interacting with Academic Advisors
     Interaction with Peers (Student–Student Interaction)
     Learn Collaboratively

Fourth Step to College Success: Reflection, Self-Awareness, and Mindfulness

Chapter Summary and Highlights
     A Checklist of Success Promoting Principles and Practices
Internet-Based Resources

Chapter 3: Goal Setting, Motivation, and Creating Habits
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
Creating Habits
Characteristics of Successful People
Growth Mindset
Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet-Based Resources

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
Combating Procrastination
Myths That Promote Procrastination
Strategies for Preventing and Overcoming Procrastination
Psychological Causes of Procrastination
Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet-Based Resources

Chapter 5: Higher-Level Thinking
Moving Beyond Basic Knowledge to Critical and Creative Thinking

What Is Higher-Level Thinking?
Benefits of Higher-Level Thinking
     Defining and Describing the Major Forms of Higher-Level Thinking
     Analysis (Analytical Thinking)
     Synthesis (Integrative Thinking)
     Application (Applied Thinking)
     Multidimensional Thinking
     Balanced Thinking
     Critical Thinking (Evaluation)
     Creative Thinking

Using Higher-Level Thinking Skills to Improve Academic Performance in College
Chapter 5 Summary
     Benefits of Higher Level Thinking Skills
Internet-Based Resources

Chapter 6: 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 Your 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

Identifying Your Preferred Ways of Learning
     Learn with Emotion
     Learn Collaboratively

Self-Monitoring: Self-Assessment for Deep Learning
Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet-Based Resources

Chapter 7: Test-Taking Skills and Strategies
What to Do Before, During, and After Tests

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

Strategies to Use Immediately Before a Test
Strategies to Use during Tests
Strategies for Answering Multiple-Choice Test Questions
Strategies for Answering Essay Questions
Strategies for Taking Online Tests
Post-Test Strategies: What to Do after Receiving Test Results
Test Anxiety: Recognizing and Reducing It
Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet Resources

Chapter 8: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
Appreciating, Learning from, and Treating Different Social Groups Fairly

What is Diversity?
Diversity and Humanity
Diversity and Individuality
Inclusion, Equity, & Justice
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 & Problem Solving
     Diversity Expands Social Networks and Builds Emotional Intelligence
     Diversity Enhances Career Preparation and Career Success

Stereotyping: A Barrier to Diversity
Implicit Bias
     Strategies for Overcoming Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Strategies for Increasing Personal Contact and Interpersonal Interaction with Members of Diverse Groups
A Four-Stage Model to Implement and Assess Yourself
     Stage 1. Awareness
     Stage 2. Acknowledgement
     Stage 3. Acceptance
     Stage 4. Action

Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet-Based Resources

Chapter 9: Financial Literacy
Managing Money and Minimizing Debt

Sources of Income for Financing a College Education
     Student Loans
     Veterans Benefits
     Salary Earnings
     Developing Financial Self-Awareness
      “Never Borrow more than you need”
     Tracking Cash Flow

Developing a Plan for Managing Money and Minimizing Debt
     Long-Range Fiscal Planning: Financing Your College Education
Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet-Based Resources

Chapter 10: 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
Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet-Based Resources

Chapter 11: 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
     Effective Methods for Managing Stress
     Stress-Management Strategies

     Bipolar Disorder (a.k.a. Manic Depression)
     Strategies for Coping with Milder Forms of Depression

Unhealthy Relationships
     Abusive Relationships
     Signs of an Abusive Relationship
     Sexual Assault (a.k.a. Sexual Violence)
     Suggested Safety Strategies to Remain Safe on College Campuses or at Parties
     Practices that Reduce the Risk of Being a Perpetrator of Sexual Assault
     Sexual Harassment
     What to do if You are Sexually Harassed

Eating Disorders
     Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency
Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet-Based Resources

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

Substance Abuse and Risky Behavior
Alcohol Use among College Students
     Alcohol Abuse
Use and Abuse of Illegal Drugs
     Motives (Reasons) for Drug Use
Sexually Transmitted Infections
     STIs Caused by Bacteria
     STIs Caused by Viruses

Unplanned Pregnancy and Community College Students
     Campus Safety
Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet Resources

Chapter 13: Educational Planning and Decision-Making
Making Wise Choices about College Courses, Programs of Study, and Academic Pathways

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
Educational Pathways for Community and Technical College Students
Major Bodies of Knowledge in the General Education Curriculum
     Fine Arts
     Natural Sciences
     Social and Behavioral Sciences
     Physical Health and Wellness

Factors to Consider When Choosing a 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 graduation, you continue in the same field as your college 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.

Strategies for Successful Transfer to a Four-Year College or University
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Four-Year College for Transfer
How Four-Year Colleges and Universities Evaluate Transfer Students
Letters of Recommendation (Letters of Reference)
Advantages of Completing an Associate Degree before Transferring
Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet-Based Resources

Chapter 14: Career Exploration, Preparation, and Development
Finding a Pathway 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
         Step 4. Awareness of the Major Steps Needed to Reach Your Career Goal
     Career Readiness
     Personal Interview

Chapter Summary and Highlights
Internet-Based Resources

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.

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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