• NaNoWriMo and the College Student

    With ten days left in November, there are likely many Wrimos scrambling to bring their NaNoWrimo submissions to a conclusion. If that sentence sounded like utter gibberish, here is a translation: November marks Nation...
    Kathy McInerney
    created by Kathy McInerney
  • Hot Mess to Career Success - Internship Edition

    Freshman year of my undergrad, my college goals were to find my interests by taking different types of classes, learn how to be successful, and start my young adult life right. Four years and a BA later, I accomplishe...
    Alyssa Del-Valle
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  • Using Pinterest in the Classroom

       Since joining Pinterest in....wow, 2012, my boards have been pathetically bare. But as you may have seen from my last post, this fall I've been on an organization kick, and so I've been looking ...
    Melanie McFadyen
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  • Proactive and Productive Back-to-School Tips

    Fall may not mark the beginning of the calendar year, but it certainly presents an opportunity for growth and change with the beginning of the academic year. Think back to the end of the last semester, or the end of y...
    Melanie McFadyen
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  • Summer Reads: Common Reading Programs

    Summer may be winding down, but there’s still time left for summer reading! Colleges and universities across the country have instituted Common Reading Programs, where all students – or at least all freshm...
    Melanie McFadyen
    created by Melanie McFadyen
  • Coming Soon, To A Quad Near You

    It’s Y2K!...In Higher Education?   It’s the calm before the generational storm and while there may be a few that slipped through the threshold early, a major rush of Y2K born high school seniors...
    Alyssa Del-Valle
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  • What We Tell Our Students May Matter More Than We or They Realize at the Time

    When I was a very homesick, unsure, unfocused first-year student, failing most of my courses, one day my political science professor, R.S. Hill, asked me after class “Mr. Gardner, would you like to be a good stu...
    John Gardner
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  • How to Learn From My Online Class Nightmare

    I’ve taken a fair amount of classes. By the time I crawled across the finish line most people refer to as “graduation,” I had earned enough credits for a double major in English and Linguistics (a...
    Kayti Corfield
    created by Kayti Corfield
  • Let Us Play a Game: How does your college match up?

    Let’s Play a Game: How does your college match up? By this time of year, high school seniors have received their acceptance letters and have either made their decision of where to attend or will be doing so ve...
    Kayti Corfield
    created by Kayti Corfield
  • What Do You Give Your Students to Read—to Get Them to Discover What Matters Most?

    Recently I was asked by one of my publishers to complete an author survey. And one of the questions was truly impossible for me to answer as requested. It read something to the effect “what was the book that has...
    John Gardner
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  • Meet the Author: John N. Gardner

      John N. Gardner has over forty years of experience directing and teaching in the most widely emulated first-year seminar in the country, the University 101 course at the University of South Carolina (USC), Colu...
    Bethany Gordon
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  • Trello: A great project tool for college and beyond

    Learning more about the College Success course over the past two years has helped me recognize the tools and strategies I use that have contributed to my success in my career. One of the things I truly pride myself on...
    Kayti Corfield
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  • Meet the Author: Jamie Shushan

    Jamie H. Shushan is the Associate Director of the Crimson Summer Academy (CSA) at Harvard University where she works to increase access to higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and helps them su...
    Bethany Gordon
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  • Meet the Author: Wade Leuwerke

      Wade Leuwerke is an associate professor of counseling at Drake University. Wade’s research focuses on the assessment and development of student and employee noncognitive skills. He also studies the factor...
    Christina Lembo
    created by Christina Lembo
  • Meet the Author: Betsy Barefoot

    Betsy O. Barefoot is a writer, researcher, and teacher whose special area of scholarship is the first year of college. She currently serves as senior scholar at the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergra...
    Bethany Gordon
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  • Returning the Gift: You Never Know What a Student Can Do Unless You...

    I have just completed fifty years of being, proudly, a higher educator, a profession that our society needs more than ever to teach students how to discern the difference between facts and “alternative facts....
    John Gardner
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  • How can a Bullet Journal help you be more successful?

    Time management and organization are important skills to be successful, and finding a system that works for me has been a struggle. I often find that my to-do lists either get too cluttered to be effective or I lose t...
    Kayti Corfield
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  • Do It: Mystery Shop Your Own Institution

    Summer is normally a time when my wife, Betsy Barefoot, and I convert our mountaintop home in the western Blue Ridge Mountains into summer camp for visiting grandchildren.   But this year we did something differ...
    John Gardner
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  • Write Our Own Future

    It is important to be able to point to current, real world events, to create teachable moments for our students. Several weeks ago, President Obama, in what for me was one of the most memorable lines of his State of ...
    John Gardner
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  • It's All About Meaningful Work

    I have very few original ideas.  One was “the first-year experience.” Another was “the senior year experience.” The list is short. Most of my ideas I get from other people. And I get these...
    John Gardner
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