A Different Road To College: A Guide For Transitioning Non-Traditional Students

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Alise Lamoreaux, Lane Community College

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

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Reviewed by Dr. Sabrina Ricks, Assistant Professor & First Year Advisor, Northern Virginia Community College, on 6/21/2017.

There is no index or glossary available in this book, however the book is organized easily enough to read using the table of contents as a guide or … read more

 

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Reviewed by Mary Hennessy, Part time Faculty, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This text does an excellent job covering all the areas that are important to any student transitioning to college including areas of study and reason … read more

 

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Reviewed by Daniel Ayala, Instructor, Chemeketa Community College, on 6/21/2017.

Alise Lamoreaux presents the first-year student with the outlook and breadth necessary to plant one’s feet firmly on the ground on the first day of … read more

 

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Reviewed by Sharon Williams, Instructor, First Year Experience Class; Academic Advisor in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg VA), on 6/21/2017.

This book covers a wide range of topics and issues related to the success of “non-traditional” students, but it also contains extremely helpful … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jocelin Higgins, Pre-college instructor and academic advisor, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This student guide book for incoming, non-traditional college students provides a wide range of common topics that new students need to know about … read more

 

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Reviewed by Grecia Garcia Perez, Student Service Specialist, Chemeketa Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The text covers in logical order topics or student’s concerns that non-traditional students might have. Given that, this text helps to demystify the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jean Mittelstaedt, Adjunct writing teacher, Chemeketa Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The introduction contains a good definition of the non-traditional student that such students would identify with. Much of the introduction contains … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kenneth McGhee, Instructor, Northern Virginia Community College, on 6/21/2017.

A transition takes place when someone becomes a college student. Research has shown that students that complete an Introduction to College course … read more

 

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Reviewed by Cailyn Green, Adjunct Faculty, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This book covers the information regarding stats and basic information for student looking into transitioning into college. It does not cover … read more

 

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Reviewed by Melissa Stark, College Instructor, Lane Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The book covers many topics generally and specifically, but the detail feels disjointed. I believe for me, it is due to many links to external … read more

 

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Reviewed by Brenda Williams, Academic Advisor/RTEC Faculty, Lane Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This book was very well done. It covers topics that are aimed for the non-traditional student as well as as interesting videos and assignments to … read more

 

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Reviewed by Shannon Calderone, Assistant Professor, Washington State University, on 6/21/2017.

On the whole, I think this book offers an excellent overview on college preparation for non-traditional students. What I particularly like about this … read more

 

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: What’s College For?
Chapter 2: Choosing A College To Attend Supplemental Fun
Chapter 3: Evolution To College: Becoming A College Student
Chapter 4: Speaking The Language of College
Chapter 5: Planning A College Schedule
Chapter 6: Navigating The College Website
Chapter 7: Placement Testing
Chapter 8: Beyond Tuition: Understanding College Expenses 
Chapter 9: Hidden Money: Scholarships Random Autobiographies
Chapter 10: College Resources
Chapter 11: Pulling It All Together
Notes for Instructors
About The Author

About the Book

A Different Road To College: A Guide For Transitioning Non-Traditional Students is designed to introduce students to the contextual issues of college. Non-traditional students have an ever-growing presence on college campuses, especially community colleges. This open educational resource is designed to engage students in seeing themselves as college students and understanding the complexity of what that means to their lives.

Non-traditional students face critical issues surrounding participation and success in college. These critical issues include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Strategies for managing competing needs on their time
  • Difficulty navigating institutional environments
  • Understanding the culture of college
  • Transitional services not in place to the same degree as for “traditional” students
  • Knowledgeable support systems
  • Personal barriers
  • Unpredictable influences on their schedules
  • Work first, study second priorities
  • Paying for college

Underprepared foundation skills (Reading, Writing, Math, Computer Literacy, Human Relations, Oral Communication).
Most textbooks available on the topic of college transition/success today focus on the traditional 18-year old student and the needs of someone living away from home for the first time.The goal of the book is to help students understand how to select the right college for them and then become acquainted with the inner workings and language of college. The book is designed to be a practical guide for first-generation college students as they navigate potentially unfamiliar topics such as understanding the costs of college beyond tuition, navigating college websites, and defining critical language needed to understand communication regarding the context and culture of the college.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Alise Lamoreaux has a long history of teaching non-traditional students who are preparing for the GED and transitioning to college. She teaches a class called, “Everything You Want to Know About College, Before You Start” along with Hybrid GED courses at Lane Community College. Alise is known for her willingness to learn and use new technologies in the classroom, such as digital storytelling, learning management systems, and other online resources. She is an advocate of student success. Throughout the years, she has demonstrated her willingness to teach other professionals how they might also implement innovative technologies in the classroom. This year, she took on the challenge of writing an open source textbook, through a grant she received from openoregon.org, titled, A Different Road To College: A Guide for Transitioning Non-traditional Students. This free resource is designed to engage students in seeing themselves as college students and understanding the complexity of what that means to their lives, as well as helping to unlock the contextual complexities of the culture of college.