Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-08-26
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Student Engagement in Higher Educationis an important volume that fills a longstanding void in the higher education and student affairs literature. The editors and authors make clear that diverse populations of students experience college differently and encounter group-specific barriers to success. Informed by relevant theories, each chapter focuses on a different population for whom research confirms that engagement and connectivity to the college experience are problematic, including: low-income students, racial/ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, LGBT students, and several others. The forward-thinking practical ideas offered throughout the book are based on the 41 contributors' more than 540 cumulative years of full-time work experience in various capacities at two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. Faculty and administrators will undoubtedly find this book complete with fresh strategies to reverse problematic engagement trends among various college studentpopulations.

Table of Contents

About the Editorsp. xi
About the Contributorsp. xiii
Forewordp. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxvii
Beyond Sameness, with Engagement and Outcomes for All: An Introductionp. 1
Understanding the Nature and Importance of Engagementp. 2
Engagement and Student Outcomesp. 3
Engagement and Retentionp. 3
Distinguishing Educationally Purposeful Engagementp. 4
Shifting the Onus for Engagementp. 6
Using Theory to Guide Practicep. 10
Beyond Buzzwords: Getting Serious about Engaging Diverse Populationsp. 12
International Students at Four-Year Institutions: Developmental Needs, Issues, and Strategiesp. 17
Distinct Needs and Issues of International Undergraduatesp. 19
Theoretical Frameworkp. 25
Engagement Strategiesp. 27
Beyond Accommodation: Removing Barriers to Academic and Social Engagement for Students with Disabilitiesp. 39
Enrollment Trends and Demographics of Students with Disabilitiesp. 40
Barriers to Academic and Social Engagementp. 42
Institutional, Physical, and Attitudinal Barriersp. 43
Theoretical Frameworkp. 49
Engagement Strategiesp. 52
Fostering Safe, Engaging Campuses for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Studentsp. 61
Synthesis of Needs and Issuesp. 63
Theoretical Frameworkp. 66
Strategies for Fostering Environmental Inclusivenessp. 69
Creating Welcoming Campus Environments for Students from Minority Religious Groupsp. 81
Historical Contextp. 82
Contemporary Climatep. 83
Issues Facing Students from Minority Religious Groupsp. 85
Theoretical Frameworkp. 86
Strategies for Inclusivenessp. 90
Gender-Specific Approaches to Enhancing Identity Development among Undergraduate Women and Menp. 99
Articulation of Issuesp. 101
Feminist Poststructuralism: An Alternative Approach to Female Student Identity Developmentp. 104
The Social Constructionist Model: An Alternative Approach to Male Student Identity Developmentp. 107
Programmatic Strategiesp. 109
Environmental and Developmental Approaches to Supporting Women's Success in STEM Fieldsp. 117
Women in STEM: An Overview of Needs and Issuesp. 118
Theoretical Frameworkp. 122
Strategies for Meeting the Needs of Women in STEMp. 127
Institutional Seriousness Concerning Black Male Student Engagement: Necessary Conditions and Collaborative Partnershipsp. 137
A Compelling Case for Engaging Black Malesp. 138
Black Male Disengagement Trendsp. 142
Theoretical Frameworkp. 144
Indicators of Institutional Seriousnessp. 149
Engagement Strategiesp. 150
Engaging Racial/Ethnic Minority Students in Predominantly White Classroom Environmentsp. 157
Issues Faced in Predominantly White Classroomsp. 159
Theoretical Frameworkp. 162
Strategies for Engagementp. 168
Engaging Racial/Ethnic Minority Students in Out-of-Class Activities on Predominantly White Campusesp. 179
Needs, Experiences, and Challengesp. 180
Theoretical Frameworkp. 186
Engagement Strategiesp. 188
Engaging White Students on a Multicultural Campus: Developmental Needs and Institutional Challengesp. 199
Challenges to Engaging White Students in Multicultural Programmingp. 200
Theoretical Frameworkp. 207
Engagement Strategiesp. 212
Meeting the Needs of Commuter, Part-Time, Transfer, and Returning Studentsp. 223
Realities Faced by Commuter, Part-Time, Transfer, and Returning Studentsp. 224
Theoretical Frameworkp. 231
Engagement Strategiesp. 233
Creating a Pipeline to Engage Low-Income, First-Generation College Studentsp. 243
Developmental Needs and Issues of First-Generation and Low-Income Studentsp. 244
Theoretical Frameworkp. 248
Engagement Strategiesp. 252
Improving Transfer Trajectories for First-Year, First-Generation, Minority Community College Studentsp. 261
Issues in the Context of Community Collegesp. 262
Theoretical Frameworkp. 270
Strategies for Improving Transfer Trajectoriesp. 273
Redefining Championship in College Sports: Enhancing Outcomes and Increasing Student-Athlete Engagementp. 283
Issues and Challenges of Division I College Student-Athletesp. 284
Theoretical Perspectives on Identityp. 287
Engagement Strategiesp. 289
The Changing Landscape of Higher Education: Developmental Approaches to Engaging Emerging Populationsp. 295
White Students at HBCUsp. 296
Latino/a Students at HSIsp. 298
For-Profit Institutionsp. 301
Theoretical Frameworkp. 303
Engagement Strategiesp. 303
Afterwordp. 313
Indexp. 319
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