Shedding Light on Sophomores

An Exploration of the Second College Year
Paper: 978 1 889271 57 6 / $35.00
Published: May 2007

104 pp., 8 1/2" x 11"
Series: The First-Year Experience Monograph Series 47
Educators have long been concerned with retaining students and helping them succeed, but their focus has been primarily on first-year students. Recently, this focus has widened to include a frequently invisible population -- second-year students. Shedding Light on Sophomores: An Exploration of the Second College Year turns our attention to this often-forgotten student population. This volume draws on campus-based and national research to describe the second college year and the initiatives designed to support it. Campus case studies offer a more detailed look at programs designed to help sophomores succeed, and a concluding chapter offers recommendations for the development of a range of initiatives in the second college year. Shedding Light on Sophomores offers a rich resource for any educator who cares about the status of second-year students and is committed to designing programs and services to support them.

Table of Contents:

The Advancement of Sophomore Initiatives

Introduction

The Development of College Sophomores

Findings from the 2005 National Survey on Sophomore-Year Initiatives

Examining the Experiences of Second-Year Students at a Private Liberal Arts College

The Sophomore-Year Initiative (SYI) Program at Beloit College

The Sophomore Jump Program at Colorado College

Year 2 Kennesaw: The Sophomore Experience at a Public Metropolitan University

The Sophomore-Year Experiences (SYE) at Colgate University A Case Study

Learning from the Best: Recommendations for Sophomore Initiatives

About the Contributors



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“This relatively short monograph will be useful to institutions seeking a starting point for sophomore year initiatives as well as for those that are in the early stages of development. …the best practices contained in the chapters can be beneficial and adapted to a variety of colleges and universities.”
- The Journal of College Orientation and Transition