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The focus of this textbook is preparing students for a college education with the study and life skills they need to become successful students.
Foundations of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom (FAS: WoW) introduces you to the various aspects of student and academic life on campus and prepares you to thrive as a successful college student (since there is a difference between a college student and a successful college student). Each section of FAS: WoW is framed by self-authored, true-to-life short stories from actual State University of New York (SUNY) students, employees, and alumni. The advice they share includes a variety of techniques to help you cope with the demands of college. The lessons learned are meant to enlarge your awareness of self with respect to your academic and personal goals and assist you to gain the necessary skills to succeed in college.
Table of Contents:
Part One: YOUR Solid Foundation
The Student Experience by Kristen Mruk
Practice, Practice, Practice by Dr. Kristine Duffy
Why So Many Questions? by Fatima Rodriguez Johnson
These Are the Best Years of Your Life by Sara Vacin
With a Little Help from My Friends by Paulo Fernandes
Part Two: YOU Are the President and CEO of YOU
Can You Listen to Yourself? by Yuki Sasao
Failure Is Not an Option by Nathan Wallace
Thinking Critically and Creatively by Dr. Andrew Robert Baker
Time Is on Your Side by Christopher L. Hockey
What Do You Enjoy Studying? by Dr. Patricia Munsch
Part Three: The Future YOU
Fighting for My Future Now by Amie Bernstein
Something Was Different by Jacqueline Tiermini
Transferrable by Vicki L. Brown
It’s Like Online Dating by Jackie Vetrano
Learn What You Don’t Want by Jamie Edwards
This Handbook is based on the Science Education Initiative (SEI), a transformative initiative aimed at changing STEM teaching practices in university settings. The SEI was successfully implemented in two institutions (University of Colorado Boulder and The University of British Columbia) over a period of 10 years. The SEI centered on department-based Discipline-Based Education Specialists (DBESs), disciplinary experts with training in the science of teaching and learning who serve as catalysts of change within departments. The two SEIs have influenced the teaching of hundreds of faculty and the learning of tens of thousands of students per year by promoting the use of evidence-based teaching practices in STEM. These teaching practices are informed by research on teaching and learning, and often include some element of active learning.
This Handbook shares the accumulated wisdom of practice in how to effectively implement a model of change based on the SEI. It provides advice to the three main stakeholders in such initiatives: the initiative leaders who provide central direction and management, the departmental leaders who help lead the activities and engage faculty, and the Discipline-Based Education Specialists who partner with faculty to transform courses.