Library Resources  

PLEASE NOTE: It is up to individual faculty as to whether they wish to adopt a textbook for their FYE101 sections and/or FYE courses, and if so, what book they may wish to use.  The following are suggestions, not necessarily recommendations.  If you have other suggested resources, please e-mail me at

Books available for review in the Learning Center (101 Willard)                                                                      

FYE Faculty Teaching Resources

Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College; Betsy O. Barefoot, John N. Gardner, Marc Cutright, Libby V. Morris, Charles C. Schroeder, Stephen W. Schwartz, Michael J. Siegel, and Randy L. Swing; Jossey-Bass

The First-Year Experience in American Higher Education; Andrew K. Koch, Editor-in-Chief, Stephanie M. Foote, Sara E. Hinkle, Jennifer Keup, and Matthew D. Pistilli, Editors, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Exploring the Evidence: Initiative in the First College Year; Wendy G. Troxel, and Marc Cutright, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Promoting Reasonable Expectations: Aligning Student and Intuitional Views of the College Experience; Thomas E. Miller, Barbara E. Bender, and John H. Schuh and Associates; Jossey-Bass A Wiley Imprint

Teaching First-Year College Students: Revised and Expanded Edition of Teaching College Freshman; Bette Lasere Ericks, Calvin B. Peters, and Diane Weltner Strommer, Jossey-Bass A Wiley Imprint

The Freshman Year Experience: Helping Students Survive and Succeed in College; M. Lee Upcraft, John N. Gardner and Associates, Jossey-Bass Publishers

Challenging and Supporting the First-Year Student: A Handbook for Improving the First Year of College; M. Lee Upcraft, John N. Gardner, Betsy O. Barefoot and Associates

How College Affects Students: Volume 2, A Third Decade of Research; Ernest T. Pascarella, and Patrick T. Terenzini, Jossey-Bass A Wiley Imprint

What the Best College Teachers Do; Ken Bain, Harvard University Press

Student Development in the First College Year: A Primer for College Educators; Tracy L. Skipper, National Resource Center The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Millennials Go to College; Neil Howe, and William Strauss, Life Course Associates

Paradoxes of Learning: On Becoming an Individual in Society; Peter Jarvis, Jossey-Bass Publishers

Successful College Teaching: Problem-Solving Strategies of Distinguished Professors; Sharon A. Baiocco, and Jamie N. DeWaters,  Allyn and Bacon

Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching &Learning: Professional Literature That Makes a Difference; Maryellen Weimer, Jossey-Bass A Wiley Imprint

Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter; George D. Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, John H. Schuh, Elizabeth J. Whitt, and Associates, Jossey-Bass A Wiley Imprint

Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom; John C. Bean, Jossey- Bass

Supplemental Instruction: Improving First-Year Student Success In High-Risk Courses (3rd ed.); Marion E. Stone & Glen Jacobs; National Resoure Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

FYE Student Texts

Your College Experience: Strategies for Success *NEW* Ninth edition (342 pages; 2011); Gardner, Jewler, & Barefoot.  Bedford/St. Martin's.  There is also a concise edition and instructor's edition available.

Peak Performance: Success in College and Beyond (7th ed., 530 pages; 2010); Sharon Ferrett; Mc-Graw Hill.

POWER Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life Third edition 2007; Robert Feldman; McGraw Hill.

Step by Step to College and Career Success (4th ed. 2011); John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Bedford/St. Martin's.

Thriving In College & Beyond ( 2008; Concise Version); Joseph Cuseo, et al.; Kendall/Hunt.

Keys to Effective Learning: Developing Powerful Habits of Mind Fifth edition; Carol Carter, et al.; Pearson Education.

Your Guide to College Success: Strategies for Achieving Your Goals Fifth edition (464 pages; 2008); Santrock & Halonen. Wadsworth/Cengage.

On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life Second and Fifth edition; Skip Dowling; Cengage.

College Success Strategies: Second Edition; Sherrie L. Nist, and Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Penguin Academics

Orientation to College Learning; Dianna L. Van Blerkom, Wadsworth Publishing Company

Taking Charge of My Life: Personal Essays by Today's College Students; Townsend Press

First in the Family: Advice About College From First-Generation Students: Your College Years; Kathleen Cushman, Next Generation Press

Surviving the First Year of College: Myth vs. Reality; Steve Gladis, Ph.D, HRD Press


Selected Study Skills Texts

Ten Things You Really Need to Succeed in College First edition (224 pages; 2004); John Langan; McGraw-Hill. (Workbook with some text).

Thinking for Yourself: Developing Critical Thinking Skills through Reading and Writing Fourth Edition; Marlys Mayfield, Wadsworth Publishing Company

The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking (24 pages; 2009) ; Richard Paul & Linda Elder; The Foundation for Critical Thinking.

Efficient and Flexible Reading; Kathleen T. McWhorter, Longman

The Transition to College Writing (230 pages); Keith Hjortshoj; Bedford/St. Martin's.

Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? ; Steve Piscitelli, Pearson Prentice Hall

How To Improve Student Learning; Richard Paul and Linda Elder;

Connections to College Success; Santrock & Halonen, Wadsworth/Cengage.

Essential Study Skills; Linda Wong, Houghton Mifflin Company

Bedford/St. Martin's Insider's Guides to Getting Involved On Campus, Beating Test Anxiety, Credit Cards, Global Citizenship and Time Management (12 pages each, 2011)

(Additional study skills texts and resources, not listed here, are also available in the Learning Center)

FYE Readers/Novels

(catalog only) Freshman Year Reading 2010: Recommended Titles.  Random House.

My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student (208 pages, Cornell University press, 2005); Rebekkah Nathan. 

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America; (244 pages; Holt Paperback; 2008); Barbara Ehrenreich

Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--And How It Can Renew America (516 pages; 2009; Picador); Thomas L. Friedman

No Impact Man (276 pages; 2009; Picador); Colin Beavan

The Rules of the Red Rubber Ball; Kevin Caroll.  (Not currently available in the Learning Center library)

The Alchemist; Paulo Coelho. (Not currently available in the Learning Center library)

Orientation to College: A Reader Second edition (256 pages, 2004) Stetenpohl, Shopton, & Villines. Wadsworth/Cengage.  (Not currently available in the Learning Center library)

Case Studies for First-Year Experience Students (96 pages 2003) Riesen, Szarlan & Singha; Wadsworth/Cengage.


FYE Texts Customized for Individual Campuses

College Success Strategies: At Farmington State; Sherrie L. Nist, and Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Pearson Custom Publishing

First Year Success and All That Jazz; Julia R. Brown, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company

Navigating VCU; Edited by First Year Student Services Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company

Your First Year at Stony Brook: The Beginning of an Incredible Journey 2006-2007; Jean Peden, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company

College Forum: A Connection to Success; Norma McNerney, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company

Rocketing to Success at UT; Linda Gubbe, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company

College Experience; Anne Marie Perry, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company 


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