Greenfield book focuses on first year programs
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Emeritus Professor of History Dr. Gerald Greenfield is set to publish a book he co-authored that will help guide institutions to succeed with programs for first-year students. Titled "Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs: A Guide for Practitioners," each chapter focuses on a specific program. For example, orientation early alert, and developmental education, and provides research-based perspectives on factors that contribute to such programs' success.
"The book focuses on the 'nuts and bolts' of program development and implementation, but is informed by theory and best practices, and also provides institutional examples," Greenfield said. "I am the lead author, but my co-authors are well-known for their work on student success. Jennifer Keup, runs the National Resource Center® for the First Year and Students in Transition, and John N. Gardner, who participated in the development and teaching of the initial First-Year Seminar course, now heads the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Higher Educations."
Greenfield said Gardner helped develop the "Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year" project in which UW-Parkside participated when Rebecca Martin served as provost.
The book is drawing stellar reviews from academics associated with promoting student success.
Syracuse University Distinguished University Professor Vincent Tinto called it: "An essential guide to the thorny task of not only developing successful first-year programs, the critical building blocks for student college completion, but also sustaining them over time." Tinto put it at the top of the reading list for those who want to make "substantial improvements" on first-year students' success.
"The authors do an excellent job both of providing a conceptual framework for the first year and of grounding their program descriptions in the work of a diverse range of campuses, providing exemplars of good practice, centered on assessment, in enhancing student academic achievement and persistence," added Scott Evenbeck,
President of the New Community College at CUNY.
Dr. Jillian Kinzie of the NSSE Institute's IU Center for Postsecondary Research called the book a much needed resource to advance a comprehensive, integrated, and multi-faceted first-year experience. She went on to say the book outlines "a grand design for next-generation first-year experience programs" providing a practical guide for those who want to become more effective first-year student advocates."Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs: A Guide for Practitioners" is being published by Jossey-Bass, the nation's leading publisher for works on higher education and will be available later in 2013.