Student Success

Student Success Literature & Resources

Repository of information related to best practices in improving student success


Best Practices and Readings

Mentoring as the "Giving and Receiving of Wisdom" among Faculty and Students (.pdf)

Cohen, G., Garcia, J., Apfel, N., & Master, A. (2006). Reducing the racial achievement gap: A social-psychological intervention.Science, 313(5791), 1307-1310. doi: 10.1126/science.1128317.
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Dwyer,R. E., Mccloud, L., & Hodson, R. (2012). Debt and Graduation from American Universities. Social Forces, 90(4), 1133-1155.doi:10.1093/sf/sos072.
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EAB (2019). 5 Surprising Leading Indicators of Student Success Disparities. Retrieved September 5, 2019 from https://eab.com/insights/expert-insight/academic-affairs/5-surprising-le... View the article

EAB (2016). The Evolving Role of Faculty in Student Success, EAB Publication, 28, Retrieved August 2016.
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Gulley, N. Y. (2016), Defining Students as Nontraditional Is Inaccurate and Damaging, Inside Higher Ed, Retrieved August 2016.
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Hutchens, Kelli; Deffendall, Matthew; and Peabody,Michael (2011). Supporting First Generation College Students,Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice: Vol.1: Issue 1, Article 4.
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Inkelas, K. K., Daver, Z. E., Vogt, K. E., &Leonard, J. B. (2006). Living–Learning Programs and First-GenerationCollege Students’ Academic and Social Transition to College.Research in Higher Education, 48(4), 403-434.doi:10.1007/s11162-006-9031-6
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Jury, M., Smeding, A.,& Darnon, C. (2015). First-generation students’ underperformance at university: The impact of the function of selection.Frontiers in Psychology, 6. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00710.
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Koch, Andrew K. Many Thousands Failed: A Wakeup Call to History Educators. Perspectives on History. American Historical Association, May 2017. Web. 19 May 2017.
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Ladson-Billings, G. (2006). From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt: Understanding Achievement in U.S. Schools.Educational Researcher, 35(7), 3-12.doi:10.3102/0013189x035007003
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Lee, J. (2002). Racial and Ethnic Achievement Gap Trends: Reversing the Progress Toward Equity?Educational Researcher, 31(1), 3-12. doi:10.3102/0013189x031001003
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Mccarron, G. P., & Inkelas, K. K. (2006). The Gap between Educational Aspirations and Attainment for First-Generation College Students and the Role of Parental Involvement. Journal of College Student Development, 47(5), 534-549.doi:10.1353/csd.2006.0059
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Murphy, C., & Stewart, J. (2015). The impact of online or f2f lecture choice on student achievement and engagement in a large lecture-based science course: Closing the gap. Online Learning, 19(3), 91-110.
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Oldfield, K. (2007). Humble and hopeful: Welcoming first-generation poor and working-class students to college. About Campus, 11(6), 2-12. doi: 10.1002/abc.188
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Oldfield, K. (2012). Still humble and hopeful: Two more recommendations on welcoming first-generation poor and working-class students to college. About Campus, 17(5), 2-13.
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Oyserman, D., & Destin, M. (2010). Identity-Based Motivation: Implications for Intervention. The Counseling Psychologist. doi:10.1177/0011000010374775
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Smelding, A., Darnon, C., Souchal, C., Toczek-Capelle, M., & Bitera, F. (2013). Reducing the Socio-Economic Status Achievement Gap at University by Promoting Mastery-Oriented Assessment. PLOS|One, 8(8). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071678
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Stephens, N., Fryberg, S., Markus, H., Johnson, C., Covarrubias, R., et al. (2012). Unseen disadvantage: How American universities' focus on independence undermines the academic performance of first-generation college students. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(6), 1178-1197. doi: 10.1037/a0027143
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Stephens, N. M., Hamedani, M. G., & Destin, M. (2014). Closing the Social-Class Achievement Gap: A Difference-Education Intervention Improves First-Generation Students' Academic Performance and All Students' College Transition. Psychological Science, 25(4), 943-953. doi:10.1177/0956797613518349
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Tough, Paul (2014) Who Gets to Graduate, The New York Times Magazine.
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Williams, A., Birch, E., & Hancock, P. (2012). The impact of online lecture recordings on student performance. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(2). doi:10.14742/ajet.869.
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Wintre, M. G., Dilouya, B., Pancer, S. M., Pratt, M. W., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., Polivy, J., & Adams, G. (2011). Academic achievement in first-year university: Who maintains their high school average? Higher Education, 62(4), 467-481. doi:10.1007/s10734-010-9399-2>.
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Centralized Advisement

Boston Consulting Group (2019). Turning more tassels: How colleges and universities are improving student performance with better advising. Retrieved from https://www.bcg.com/publications/2019/turning-more-tassels.aspx
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CAS Standards for Academic Advising Programs (AAP). Retrieved from https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Clearinghouse/View-Articles/CAS- Advising-Standards.aspx
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Chiteng Kot, F. (2014) The impact of centralized advising on first-year academic performance and second-year enrollment behavior. Res High Educ 55: 527. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-013-9325-4
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Horne, E. & Prior, V. (2015). Revitalizing campus partnerships and student persistence through centralized first year advising. Synergy. Retrieved from https://www.naspa.org/images/uploads/events/October_2015.pdf
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Jacobson, M. (2019, March 7). Advising reform: A crucial step to improving graduation rates. [web log comment] Retrieved from https://www.naspa.org/rpi/posts/advising-reform-a-crucial-step-to- improving-graduation-rates
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Miller, M.A. (2003). A guide to restructuring advising services. Retrieved from the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources Web site: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Clearninghouse/View- Articles/A-Guide-to-Restructuring-Advising-Services.aspx
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Pardee, C.F.  (2000). Organizational models for academic advising.  In V.N. Gordon, W.R. Habley, and Associates (eds), Academic Advising:  A Comprehensive Handbook. San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.

Steingass, S.J. & Sykes, S. (2008). Centralizing advising to improve student outcomes. Peer Review, 10(1). Retrieved from https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/centralizing- advising-improve-student-outcomes
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Swecker, H.K., Fifolt, M. & Searby, L. (2013). Academic advising and first-generation college students: A quantitative study on student retention. NACADA Journal, 33(1), 46-53. https://doi.org/10.12930/NACADA-13-192
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Remedial Education Reform

Briefs and research reports on the work being done on academic preparation in the CSU and nationwide:
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College Futures Foundation (2019). Finding New Formulas: Math Education Impacts Equity and College Success. Retrieved July 1, 2019 from https://collegefutures.org/2019/06/finding-new-formulas-math-education-i...
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Cuellar Mejia, M., Rodriguez, O., & Johnson, H. (2016, November). Preparing Students for Success in California’s Community Colleges. Retrieved May 15, 2019 from https://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/report/R_1116MMR.pdf
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Scott-Clayton, J. & Rodriguez, O. (2012). Development, Discouragement, or Diversion? New Evidence on the Effects of College Remediation. NBER Working Paper No. 18328 JEL No. I21,I23. Retrieved May 15, 2019 from https://www.nber.org/papers/w18328.pdf
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Xu, D. (2016). Assistance or Obstacle?The Impact of Different Levels of English Developmental Education on Underprepared Students in Community Colleges.Educational Researcher,45(9), 496–507. https://doi.org/10.3102/0013189X16683401
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Credit Momentum Resources

Attewell, P., & Monaghan, D. (2016). How many credits should an undergraduate take? Research in Higher Education. 57(6). 682-713 from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11162-015-9401-z
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Belfield, C., Jenkins, D., & Lahr, H. (2016, unpublished). Momentum: The academic and economic value of a 15-credit first-semester course load for college students in Tennessee. from https://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/media/k2/attachments/momentum-15-credit-cou...
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Complete College America (2019). Strategy in Focus: 15 to Finish. Retrieved August 9, 2019 from https://completecollege.org/strategy/15-to-finish/
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Credit Momentum Report

Meta-majors

Website resources

AACC Guided Pathways Project: https://www.aacc.nche.edu/programs/aacc-pathways-project/

California Guided Pathways: https://www.caguidedpathways.org/

National Center for Inquiry and Improvement Guided Pathways Resource Series: http://ncii-improve.com/gprs/

Articles

Haskins, J. (2016). How meta-majors guide students toward on-time graduation. Retrieved November 7, 2019 from https://eab.com/insights/unknown/student-success/how-meta-majors-guide-s...

Jenkins, D., Lahr, H., Fink, J. & Ganga, E. (2018). What we are learning about guided pathways: Part 1: A reform moves from theory to practice. Retrieved November 7, 2019 from https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED582819.pdf

Mullins Veney, R. & Sugimoto, L.H. (2017). Transforming higher education: The guided pathways approach. Retrieved November 7, 2019 from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/6/transforming-higher-education-th...

ZumMallen, R. (2016). Meet the 'meta-major'. Retrieved November 7, 2019 from https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/Meet-the-Meta-Major.aspx

Reports

Complete College America (2019). College on purpose: A guide to implementing the Purpose First strategy— the missing link between career choice, guided pathways, and first-year momentum. Retrieved November 8, 2019 from http://completecollege.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/PurposeFirst_Repor...

EAB (n.d.). Bringing guided pathways to life. Retrieved November 7, 2019 from https://eab.com/technology/on-demand-webconference/student-success/bring... (free registration required)

Waugh, A. (2016). Meta-majors: An essential first step on the path to college completion. Retrieved November 7, 2019 from https://jfforg-prod-prime.s3.amazonaws.com/media/documents/Meta-Majors07...