ENSURE STUDENT SUCCESS BY REVERSING YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON COLLEGE READINESS
"This book on ′student ready college′ articulates a vision for what higher education research has been reiterating for years is needed for student success a brave undertaking. They lay out the premise that we do not lack ideas but the will to change and believe the vision they set forth will provide that needed motivation. It speaks to important principles for the future of postsecondary education the need for ongoing improvement through organizational learning, the need to redesign our colleges to collaborate and partner, and to operate through shared governance and distributed leadership to create holistic learning experiences for students."
Adrianna Kezar, professor of higher education, University of Southern California
"Once again AAC&U paves the way and helps to set the standards for transformative, meaningful change in higher education. Becoming a Student–Ready College not only challenges higher education to have honest, self–reflective conversations regarding the extent to which we are committed to serving all students including, and perhaps especially, those from underserved populations but also provides extensive, practical advice on the often creative ways in which higher education institutions can succeed in meeting this commitment. Some of the issues raised in this book might prove uncomfortable. However, these issues must be addressed forthrightly if higher education as a whole is to succeed in our efforts to help all students be well–educated, enfranchised members of the workforce and well–informed, committed citizens of a strong democracy. Recommended for everyone who works in higher education, Becoming a Student–Ready College offers a philosophically cogent, systemically grounded response to the urgent student–success challenges facing the Academy."
Richard J. Prystowsky, provost/senior vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, Lansing Community College
"The authors should be congratulated for synthesizing important ′what works′ research to offer higher education leaders a practical guide to increasing student success while building an inclusive campus culture. They illustrate how the diverse talents and collaborative efforts of faculty and staff can be harnessed by academic leaders to improve student–centered institutional outcomes, acknowledging that ′there are actions that can be taken right now.′"
Martha J. Kanter, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and senior fellow, New York University; Former U.S. Under Secretary of Education (2009 2013)
About the Authors
Chapter 1: In Search of the Student–Ready College
Chapter 2: Leadership Values and Organizational Culture
Chapter 3: Making Excellence Inclusive to Support Student Success
Chapter 4: Building Student Readiness through Effective Partnerships
Chapter 5: Demonstrating Belief in Students