Twelfth Edition   ©2016

Your College Experience

Strategies for Success

John N. Gardner , Betsy O. Barefoot

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-9966-4; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-9966-5; Format: Paper Text, 400 pages

New emphasis on ten High-Impact Practices. Developed by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the 10 High-Impact Educational Practices have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds, and include such approaches as collaboration, writing-intensive courses, undergraduate research, diversity, service learning, internships, and more. As a hallmark feature of this new edition, High-Impact Practices are integrated throughout. The practices are presented in Chapter 1, included in the objectives for each subsequent chapter, and highlighted dozens of times in coverage, figures, and activities throughout the text.


Expanded chapters on Emotional Intelligence, Thinking Critically, and Wellness.
Key new coverage areas include more on connecting with others, a stronger approach to problem solving in the chapter on thinking critically, and thoroughly updated treatment of wellness including self-care, relationships, and the uses and abuses of technology in time management,.


Expanded examples from across the curriculum.
The text now includes more concrete scenarios, pages, exercises, and problems from STEM, humanities, and social science courses. Located throughout the study skills chapters in Part 2, these examples help make advice on reading, studying, taking tests, and presenting information even more interesting and useful for students with interests across the curriculum.


More support for students at 4-Year institutions
including a focus on the wide and diverse range of today’s students. Special coverage areas include more on choosing a major, getting connected to campus life, choosing a career, and researching job opportunities.


A fresh design
offers a new look to the text that’s often described as the "gold standard" for the first-year college success course. The eye-catching design will help capture student interest and engage them in the reading, helping them to master the key concepts.


LaunchPad for Your College Experience offers powerful online content and tools.
LaunchPad, our online course space, combines the interactive e-Book with high-quality multimedia content and video tools, an adaptive quizzing program called LearningCurve, a gradebook that offers a window into your students' performance--individually and as a group--and more. Use LaunchPad on its own or integrate it with your school’s learning management system so your class is always on the same page. LaunchPad can be packaged with the text or purchased on its own.


LaunchPad Solo for ACES (The Academic and Career Excellence System)
is an instrument developed to measure student strengths in 12 critical areas, both cognitive and non-cognitive. Created by counseling psychologists Paul Gore, Wade Leuwerke, and A.J. Metz, who have more than 30 years combined experience in college success and assessment, the ACES instrument prompts students to reflect on their habits, behaviors, attitudes, and skills. Norm-referenced reports indicate whether students are at a high, moderate, or low skill level in particular areas, as compared to students in other colleges and universities across the country.