Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success, 2nd Edition

By Tia Brown McNair, Susan Albertine, Nicole McDonald, Thomas Major, Jr, and Michelle Asha Cooper

To ask whether students are “college-ready” is to concentrate on factors beyond the control of higher education. With this publication, the authors flip the question to provide a new perspective on creating institutional value and facilitating student success. Rather than focusing on student preparedness (or lack thereof), the authors focus on what colleges and universities can do to prepare for their entering students. What must change in an institution’s policies, practices, and culture in order to be truly student-ready?

Conversations in higher education tend to focus on defining college readiness for students. Too often, we forget to ask the question from the other side, and we miss important opportunities to develop institutions in ways that can help students thrive. Higher education leaders and educators can better serve today's college students through responsive and redesigned practices and policies. This updated edition features revisions and new material that speak to the social realities of today's incoming students and cover the latest strategies and techniques for connecting with learners to foster equity and success.

  • Leverage existing resources to the benefit of students and deliver the right support at the right time to achieve equity in student outcomes and build on students' assets
  • Design eco-systemic partnerships and support programs that nurture the relationship between the student and the institution
  • Strengthen institutional capacity-building for achieving defined student-ready goal s
  • Build shared governance to promote agency and to foster change and collaboration

Becoming a Student-Ready College explores leaders' shared responsibilities in advancing student success and provides practical recommendations for educators at all levels.

Print Edition

  • $42.00 (AAC&U Members)
  • $42.00 (Nonmembers)

Digital Edition

  • $34 (AAC&U Members)
  • $34 (Nonmembers)

This publication is available through Wiley Publishing.

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Publication Details

  • Date Published: 2022
  • ISBN: 978-1-119-82420-6
  • Pages: 240