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College Success


Amy Baldwin
University of Central Arkansas


Lisa August
Canisius College
James Bennett
Herzing University
Sabrina Matheus
Brookdale Community College
Susan Monroe
Northern Virginia Community College
MJ O’Leary
Ann Pearson
San Jacinto College
Joshua Troesh
El Camino College
Margit Watts
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Edition 1
(rev. 538)

College Success is designed to meet the course needs of a one-semester course, workshop, or seminar for first year experience or college transition students. FYE programs vary greatly according to institution, so the textbook has been developed to cover the most common concepts, and the open license and flexible formats provide many opportunities for coordinators, instructional designers, and faculty to tailor the material for their needs.

This book is an invitation—an invitation to students to step boldly into their college experience. College Success addresses the evolving challenges and opportunities of today’s diverse students. The intensive development work leveraged expertise from hundreds of FYE coordinators and faculty across the country. It highlights resources available to students as they embark on new roads of independence and responsibility. Students engage in careful self-analysis and research-based strategies to identify their strengths, challenges, and aptitudes. While they explore study skills and learning methods, they are continually asked to apply the concepts in reading, writing, and thinking exercises, which build both a solid base for classroom discussion and a portfolio they can augment throughout their college career. Recognizing the ubiquity of technology and social media, the authors address relevant information and advice where appropriate throughout the text. The material is rooted in motivation, growth-mindset, and resilience; student readers will feel seen and involved as they continually encounter one of the textbook’s core themes: “real-life” doesn’t stop when college starts.

College Success by OpenStax is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License v4.0.

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