Captivating Campuses: Proven Practices that Promote College Student Persistence, Engagement and Success

Captivating Campuses: Proven Practices that Promote College Student Persistence, Engagement and Success


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What role does student engagement play in educational achievement on the post-secondary campus? And, what factors affect each student’s ability and motivation to engage with the full college experience, both in and outside of the classroom?

It is now widely acknowledged that post-secondary institutions must not only focus on facilitating the transition from high school to college, but that they must also make a concerted effort to listen to the needs and experiences of their students in order to achieve maximal involvement within the college environment. Students need to be captivated by at least one element of their college experience - whether that be in the classroom, dorm, or extracurricular activities - in order to form a bond with their institution and feel motivated and attached enough to put in the hard work until graduation. Campuses that capture their students’ interests and passions, provide spaces for them to develop as individuals, and opportunities to form meaningful professional and personal relationships have a far greater chance of both retaining their students to graduation and helping them develop as whole human beings who will contribute.

This book studies the many facets of student engagement as it attempts to define student engagement, differentiating it from involvement, and covers seminal theories of college student engagement. The contributions to this volume discuss the powerful role that relationships play in helping students identify their interests and talents, and other examples of best practice when it comes to creating engaging classroom experiences, such as collaborative projects with peers, study abroad, and learning that is situated in real-life problems that are of importance to the student.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622737147
Publisher: Vernon Art and Science
Publication date: 04/18/2019
Series: Series in Education
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Nicholas D. Young, PhD, EdD, MBA has worked in diverse educational roles for more than thirty years, serving as a principal, special education director, graduate professor, graduate program director, graduate dean, and long-time superintendent of schools. He was named the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year and has published widely in the fields of education, counseling, and psychology.

Christine N. Michael, PhD, is a more than forty-year educational veteran with a variety of professional experiences. Her previous work has included middle and high school teaching, college teaching, higher education administration, and educational consulting. Dr. Michael has published widely on topics in education and psychology.

Jennifer A. Smolinski, JD, has worked in higher education for more than three years. Her roles in higher education include teaching criminal justice, legal research, and creating and directing the Center for Disability Services and Academic Accommodations at American International College located in Springfield, MA.

Table of Contents



Chapter One

Connecting to Campus: Theories and Requisites for College Student Engagement

Chapter Two

Student and Campus Challenges: Contemporary Solutions to Engagement

Chapter Three

Preparation for Postsecondary Success: Promoting Positive Campus Transitions

Chapter Four

Leadership for Learning: Leveraging Potential in all Students

Chapter Five

Connections Outside of the Classroom: Building College-Community Partnerships

Chapter Six

Advancing Academic Advising: Assets-Based Approaches to Student Development

Chapter Seven

Inviting and Potent Instruction: Best Practices to Cultivate Learning

Chapter Eight

Beyond Academics: Enhancing the Educational Experience through Extracurricular Activities

Chapter Nine

Educational Equity: Promoting Access and Success for Diverse Students

Chapter Ten

Passion and Purpose: Engaged Students Need Engaged Faculty and Advisors


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