Second Edition   ©2017

Understanding Your College Experience

John N. Gardner , Betsy O. Barefoot , Negar Farakish (Union County College, Cranford, New Jersey)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-02918-3; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-02918-0; Format: Paper Text, 336 pages

The latest research on the First Year Experience. This book represents the practical experience of the authors' extensive careers teaching and directing this course, and is also backed by decades of research, disseminated through two national higher education centers which John Gardner and Betsy Barefoot founded and directed.

A book tailor-made for students who need the most support. A streamlined presentation is perfect for students who tend to be linear readers.

  • The language and reading level are appropriate for first year students, many of whom are enrolled in developmental education courses. Reading strategies are embedded throughout the book.
  • Concise chapters cover only the essential topics. All figures, tables, and data reflect the reality of facing today’s busy, diverse student body.
  • Coverage of campus involvement emphasizes the increased student retention linked with joining extracurricular activities and encourages students to consider such activities when planning their days, weeks, and terms. The importance of joining study groups is particularly stressed.
  • A clean design helps students understand key concepts. Systematic headings and color-coding guide students through each chapter. Figures and charts appear in close proximity to the related text so students can make visual connections, and are placed to ease reading flow.

Organization and coverage that will work for your students—and your classes. The book’s 12 streamlined chapters make it easy to cover in a single term all topics typically taught in the first-year course.

  • Chapter 1, Making the Transition to College and Planning Your Academic Journey, introduces the community college as a gateway to higher education, specifically address the needs of incoming students, and gives an overview of academic planning.
  • The unique Chapter 3, Managing Time, Energy, Money, covers key topics that are usually interrelated for busy students.
  • Praised by numerous reviewers, the innovative Chapter 11, Maintaining Wellness and Relationships in a Diverse World, weaves practical, student-tested advice on life skills into a manageable whole.
  • Chapter 12, Making the Right Career Choices, caps the text, and offers strong coverage of preparing to transfer and starting a career.

Carefully crafted learning tools keep students engaged. Each chapter includes numerous activities that encourage students to build collaboration, critical thinking, organization, and self-assessment skills by asking them to reflect on or apply content introduced in the chapter.