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The Undergraduate Experience. Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 3610039
  • Book
  • June 2016
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
A clear, practical framework for getting higher education back on track

The Undergraduate Experience is a guide for significantly improving student learning and institutional performance in the rapidly changing world of higher education. Written by recognized experts in undergraduate education, this book encourages college and university leaders to rethink current practices that fragment the student experience, and to focus on creating powerful, integrated undergraduate learning for all students. Drawing from their own deep experience and the latest research, the authors reveal key principles that enable institutional change and enhance student outcomes in any higher education setting. Coverage includes high-impact practices for engagement, the importance of strategic leadership, the necessity of setting and maintaining high expectations, and insight on fostering excellence through systematic planning.

Through its core themes and action principles, this book can be a valuable resource for faculty, staff, administrators, and governing boards at all types of postsecondary institutions. The book provides a practical framework for achieving excellence in undergraduate education by focusing on: - Learning - Relationships - Expectations - Alignment - Improvement - Leadership

The value of an undergraduate education is under greater scrutiny than ever before, and campus leaders must be able to convey the value of their institutions to students, boards, donors, and legislators. Is a college or university degree worth the increasing cost? Are today's students academically adrift? What's the difference between a degree and an education? Responding to these questions requires focused action by individuals and institutions. The Undergraduate Experience offers practical guidance for creating and sustaining excellence in the face of disruption and change in higher education.
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About the Authors


Chapter 1: What matters most

Chapter 2: Learning matters

Chapter 3: Relationships matters

Chapter 4: Expectations matter

Chapter 5: Alignment matters

Chapter 6: Improvement matters

Chapter 7: Leadership matters

Chapter 8: Acting on what matters most


Appendix A: Core themes and action principles

Appendix B: Discussion questions

Appendix C: Institutions and programs referenced in the book


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Peter Felten Elon University, NC.

John N. Gardner University of South Carolina.

Charles C. Schroeder University of Missouri.

Leo M. Lambert Elon University.

Betsy O. Barefoot University of South Carolina.

Freeman A. Hrabowski The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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