Cornerstones for Community College Success

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-25
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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For Orientation, Introduction to College, and College Seminar courses. This book is written especially for community college students. While it follows in the tradition of theCornerstonefranchise, the content, examples, and exercises are specifically dedicated to the interests, challenges and needs of the community college student. Cornerstones for Community College Success includes all the traditional subjects found in student success courses, but goes above and beyond the average book. A wide variety of academic skills is presented, as well as chapters designed to guide students of all ages and backgrounds including creating a successful future, introducing college culture, and planning for transition. Extensive coverage of Information Literacy and Emotional Intelligence is included. A comprehensive Transfer guide and "Four Year Success Plan" are provided. Every chapter has an inspirational story written by community college graduates that tell how their experiences changed their lives. Exercises that promote critical thinking, problem solving and decision making are interwoven throughout.

Author Biography

Robert Sherfield has been teaching public speaking, theater, and student success as well as working with first-year orientation programs for over 25 years. Currently, he is a professor at the College of Southern Nevada, teaching student success, professional communication, public speaking, and drama.

    An award-winning educator, Robb was named Educator of the Year at the College of Southern Nevada. He twice received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from the University of South Carolina at Union and has received numerous other awards and nominations for outstanding classroom instruction and advisement. 

    Robb’s extensive work with student success programs includes experience with the design and implementation of these programs — including one that was presented at the International Conference on the First-Year Experience in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He has conducted faculty development keynotes and workshops at over 350 institutions of higher education across the United States. He has spoken in 47 states and several foreign countries.

    In addition to his co-authorship of Cornerstone: Opening Doors to Career Su ccess (Prentice Hall, 2009), he has authored or co-authored Solving the Profession Development Puzzle: 101 Solutions for Career and Life Planning (Prentice Hall, 2009), Cornerstone: Discovering your Potential, Leaning Actively, and Living Well (Prentice Hall, 2008), Roadways to Success (Prentice Hall, 2001), the trade book 365 Things I Learned in College (Allyn & Bacon, 1996), Capstone: Successding Beyond College (Prentice Hall, 2001), Case Studies for the First Year: An Odyssey into Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (Prentice Hall, 2004), The Everything Self-Esteem Book (Adams Media, 2004), andCornerstone: Building On You Best for Career Success (Prentice Hall, 2006).

    Robb’s interest in student success began with his own first year in college. Low SAT scores and a dismal high school ranking denied him entrance into college. With the help of a success program, Robb was granted entrance into college and went on to earn five college degrees, including a doctorate. He has always been interested in the social, academic, and cultural development of students and sees this book as his way to help students enter the world of work and establish lasting, rewarding career. Visit www.robertsherfield.com.


Patricia Moody is Dean Emerita of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina, where she has served on the faculty for over 30 years. An award-winning educator, Pat was honored as Distinguished Educator of the Year at her college and as Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association. She was also a top-five finalist for the Amoco Teaching Award at the University of South Carolina. She received the prestigious John Robert Gregg Award, the highest honor in her field of over 100,000 educators.

    Pat has co-authored many texts and simulations, including Solving the Profession Development Puzzle: 101 Solutions for Career and Life Planning; Cornerstone: Discovering your Potential, Leaning Actively, and Living Well; 3 65 Things I Learned in College; Capstone: Successding Beyond College; Case Studies for the First Year: An Odyssey into Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; and Cornerstone: Opening Doors to Career Success.

     A nationally known motivational speaker, consultant, and author, Pat has spoken in most states, has been invited to speak in several foreign countries, and frequently key-notes national and regional conventions. She has presented her signature, motivational keynote address, “ Fly Like and Eagle ,” to tens of thousands of people, from Olympic athletes to corporate executives to high school students.

     As the dean of her college, Dr. Moody led international trips to build relationships and establish joint research projects in hospitality. Under her direction, faculty members in her college began a landmark study of Chinese tourists. Pat now travels the country delivering workshops, keynotes, and presentation on topics such as Managing Change, Working in the New Global Community, The Future of the Future, Student Motivation, and Emotional Intelligence. She also serves as a personal coach for business executives.

Table of Contents

PR>BEGIN: The Goal of Cornerstones for Community College Success and Our Commitment to You


CHAPTER ONE    CREATE: Building Your Own Successful Future


CHAPTER TWO    ENGAGE: Developing Your Personal and Academic Motivation


CHAPTER THREE    EXPLORE: Understanding Your Institution and the Culture of College


CHAPTER FOUR    COMMUNICATE: Improving Personal Communication, Cultivating Relationships, and Managing Conflict


CHAPTER FIVE    THINK: Expanding Your Aptitude for Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, and Information Literacy Skills


CHAPTER SIX    PRIORITIZE: Planning Your Time and Reducing Stress


CHAPTER SEVEN    LEARN: Using Your Dominant Intelligence, Preferred Learning Style, and Unique Personality Type to Become an Active Learner


CHAPTER EIGHT    READ: Building Your Reading and Comprehension Skills


CHAPTER NINE    RECORD: Cultivating Your Listening Skills and Developing a Note Taking System that Works for You


CHAPTER TEN    UNDERSTAND: Empowering Your Memory, Studying Effectively, and Taking Tests with Confidence


CHAPTER ELEVEN    PROSPER: Managing Your Money and Your Debts Wisely


CHAPTER TWELVE    TRANSITION: Planning For Your Future





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