Second Edition   ©2019

Connections

Empowering College and Career Success

Paul A. Gore (Xavier University) , Wade Leuwerke (Drake University) , A. J. Metz (University of Utah)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-10716-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-10716-1; Format: Paper Text, 416 pages

ACES Progress Report. In addition to taking ACES at the beginning of the term, students can now take ACES a second time at the end of the term. By comparing these new results with their earlier ACES scores, they’re able to celebrate areas of improvement and identify areas for future growth. A new section in Chapter 14 helps students reflect on their scores, process the change that has occurred during the term, and think metacognitively about how different factors in their lives—including their decisions, actions, and experiences—have influenced their outcomes. A new capstone activity on LaunchPad further encourages this reflection and metacognition.

Greater focus on pairing information with action. Because information paired with action is what leads to positive change in students’ lives, a new ACES + Action feature appears at the beginning of Chapters 2-13, immediately after the “ACES Reflection” prompt. ACES + Action spotlights three active learning strategies related to the chapter topic that students can try right away to strengthen skills and apply their learning.

Even more goal-setting guidance for students. In this Second Edition, the authors have tweaked the steps of the Personal Success Plan (PSP) to provide even more guidance: Suggested goals are included in Step 1 to serve as inspiration and scaffolding for students, who tend to struggle with generating goals of their own; students then transform the general goal they’ve selected into a personally meaningful SMART goal in Step 2.

Updated Spotlight on Research boxes with refreshed visuals. New and updated Spotlight on Research topics in the Second Edition include “Behaviors and Attitudes Drive Your Success” (Chapter 1), “Grit Leads to Success” (Chapter 3), “Time Management: It Works!” (Chapter 4), “Longer Course? More Time for Distributed Learning” (Chapter 5), “Get Informed about Money” (Chapter 12), and “Understand Yourself Through Campus Engagement” (Chapter 13). Many of the charts and graphs accompanying the Spotlights have also been updated, and they are larger and more colorful in order to better illustrate key research results.

New Voices of Experience: Employers. The Second Edition includes a new category of Voices of Experience stories to further strengthen the text’s emphasis on the college/work connection: first-person profiles from employers who are directly responsible for making hiring decisions and helping employees build successful careers (see Chapters 1, 6, and 11). In a concrete and applied way, these profiles illustrate how students can use the skills spotlighted in the chapter to get a job and excel in a work environment.

New, updated, and reorganized text content.

  • This Second Edition includes new and updated content on a variety of topics, including metacognition, multicultural competence and social justice, attribution theory, purpose, college expectations, managing student loans, self-care, and discerning the reliability of online sources.
  • The chapter on organization and time management has moved from 5 to 4 in the new edition, since many instructors prefer to teach these foundational concepts early in the term.
  • A fully revised learning chapter (now Chapter 5, Understanding Learning) includes a new section that introduces learning science and presents five evidence-based learning strategies that are useful for all learners. Students then think metacognitively about their own preferences for learning and discover techniques for excelling as multimodal learners in all environments—even those that don’t match their preferences.
  • Chapter 13 now introduces career planning before academic planning to better reflect the sequencing in which this material is presented in many classrooms.