Thriving in Transitions

A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success
Paper: 978 1 889271 83 5 / $35.00 Published: May 2012
Lib E-Book: 978 1 942072 19 5 / $95.00
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Published: May 2012
E-Book: 978 1 942072 20 1 / $27.99 Published: May 2012

216 pp., 6" x 9"
Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success represents a paradigm shift in the student success literature. Grounded in positive psychology, the thriving concept reframes the student success conversation by focusing on the characteristics amenable to change and that promote high levels of academic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal performance in the college environment. The authors contend that a focus on remediating student characteristics or merely encouraging specific behaviors is inadequate to promote success in college and beyond. The collection presents six research studies describing the characteristics that predict thriving in different groups of college students, including first-year students, transfer students, high-risk students, students of color, sophomores, and seniors, and offers recommendations for helping students thrive in college and life.

Table of Contents:

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Preface—Laurie A. Schreiner, Michelle C. Louis, and Denise D. Nelson

Introduction: A New View of Student Success—Jillian Kinzie

Chapter 1: From Surviving to Thriving During Transitions—Laurie A. Schreiner

Chapter 2: Helping Students Thrive: A Strengths Development Model—Michelle C. Louis and Laurie A. Schreiner

Chapter 3: Thriving in the First College Year—Denise D. Nelson and Deb Vetter

Chapter 4: Thriving in Students of Color on Predominantly White Campuses: A Divergent Path? —Kristin Paredes-Collins

Chapter 5: Thriving in High-Risk Students—Rishi Sriram and Deb Vetter

Chapter 6: Beyond Sophomore Survival—Laurie A. Schreiner, Sharyn Slavin Miller, Tamera L. Pullins, and Troy L. Seppelt

Chapter 7: Transfer Students: Thriving in a New Institution—Eric J. McIntosh and Denise D. Nelson

Chapter 8: Thriving in the Senior-Year Transition—Michelle C. Louis and Eileen Hulme

Chapter 9: Recommendations for Facilitating Thriving in Transitions—Laurie A. Schreiner, Denise D. Nelson, and Michelle C. Louis


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Reviews & Endorsements

“At a time in higher education when retention and graduation rates are prominent topics in department meetings and committees, this book was a breath of fresh air …. The concept of thriving suggests that an expanded definition of student success—one that includes more than completion rates—is needed in higher education.”
- NACADA Journal