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    College Success

    (21 reviews)

    Amy Baldwin, University of Central Arkansas

    Lisa August, Canisius College

    James Bennett, Herzing University

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    ISBN 13: 9781951693176

    Publisher: OpenStax

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Jeffrey Tracy, Adjunct Professor, Klamath Community College on 11/2/23

    College Success is exceptionally comprehensive, covering all areas and ideas relevant to college success. The text effectively incorporates an index and glossary, making it easy for students to locate specific topics and concepts. The book... read more

    Reviewed by Melissa Kelley, Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University on 8/25/23

    This is a great overview of the college experience, and it has a nice survey of many important college topics. It covers college vs. high school, college culture and expectations, financial literacy, civility and cultural competency, and other big... read more

    Reviewed by Sonja Gaddy, Adjunct Professor/Coordinator of Academic Support and Testing, Texas Wesleyan University on 8/23/23

    The text provides a variety of content that benefits the student in personal growth and provides awareness of hidden skills that impact academics such as time management, mindset, metacognition, and healthy lifestyles. read more

    Reviewed by Amy Mays, Adjunct- Assistant Professor, Tidewater Community College on 4/24/23

    Baldwin’s College Success includes topics for the transition to college for both the traditional and non-traditional student. The text covers what is expected from the college student to how to be successful in navigating the numerous campus... read more

    Reviewed by Jesus Hernandez, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 12/20/22

    “College Success” is an ideal text for First Year Experience courses. It covers standard topics such as learning styles, time management, goal-setting, taking notes, and taking tests. Its value-add chapters cover topics such as communication,... read more

    Reviewed by Karen Jewette, Adjunct Professor, Tidewater Community College on 12/16/22

    The text definitely covers topics that are pertinent to new college students who are trying to adjust to college and want to know how to navigate on a college campus. read more

    Reviewed by Merissa Bunton, Language Arts and Learning Skills Lecturer, Leeward Community College on 12/6/22

    I liked that the book covered the "typical" how to be successful and what to expect information as well as chapters about the importance of financial literacy, healthy lifestyle, and looking beyond college to plan for future. read more

    Reviewed by Rebecca Steen, Academic Advisor II/Adjunct Faculty, Rogue Community College on 6/16/22

    College Success included a lot of wonderful and relevant topics for new students entering into higher education. I think it would be very valuable to include a section that discusses transferring from a community college to a university and laying... read more

    Reviewed by S. Beth Thompson, Adjunct Instructor, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Indiana on 6/9/22

    The index was very detailed and clear with links back to the pages. (I read the online book.) read more

    Reviewed by Lisa Merritt, Adjunct Instructor, Human Development & Communication, Central Oregon Community College on 3/8/22

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    Reviewed by Susan Cramp, Adjunct Faculty, Eastern New Mexico University on 2/8/22

    The textbook includes all areas for student success: goal setting, time management, learning styles, notetaking, health, financial literacy, and many more topics. read more

    Reviewed by Matt Thomas, Adjunct Faculty, Kirkwood Community College on 12/30/21

    OpenStax's College Success bills itself as "a comprehensive and contemporary resource that serves First Year Experience, Student Success, and College Transition courses." Indeed, with chapters on college culture, learning, time management,... read more

    Reviewed by Jeronell Bradley, Col 103 faculty, Florence-Darlington Technical College on 12/6/21

    Indexing could be more detailed. read more

    Reviewed by Brenda Williams, Part-time Faculty, Lane Community College on 6/11/21

    This book has all the necessary components for college freshmen. read more

    Reviewed by Christina Rosi, Adjunct Professor, Mount Wachusett Community College on 6/10/21

    College Success (Baldwin 2020) is truly a comprehensive textbook for incoming first year students who are making the transition to college. It takes the traditional themes of college success and FYE/FYS texts and makes them relevant to the issues... read more

    Reviewed by Jordan Lewton, Online Counselor, Leeward Community College on 4/29/21

    The text covers the key areas and ideas related to college success appropriately. There are multiple ways to access the text, each provides effective ways to navigate the content. read more

    Reviewed by Paul Dexter, Director of Academic Retention Initiatives, University of Southern Maine on 3/30/21

    A text on how to be successful in college could be inclusive to the point of being overwhelming, particularly for a student making the transition into the early college years. The authors identified the most salient, action-oriented components of... read more

    Reviewed by Eva Akiyama, Counseling Faculty, Rogue Community College on 1/8/21

    This text is a thoughtfully-designed, solid introduction to topics that would be most relevant to a new college student. The 12 chapters cover appropriate topics of consideration - things like learning styles, time management, study skills, and... read more

    Reviewed by Marva Solomon, Instructor, Lane Community College on 12/29/20

    This book is very comprehensive, it covers all relevant topics that a first year college student should read and integrate in their college lives. Important information on adjusting to college life to information about choosing a career path is... read more

    Reviewed by Brenda McDonald, Instructor, Central Oregon Community College on 12/27/20

    The book is quite comprehensive and covers most every topic that I enjoy in teaching this class – including the cultural shift from high school, financial literacy, academic/career planning, time management, etc. The only topic that I thought... read more

    Reviewed by Sofia Montero, Lecturer III, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on 11/20/20

    The listed topics are comprehensive in scope and contain all of the necessary topics relevant to student success. Including a chapter on financial literacy and healthy lifestyle was a refreshing addition to a book aimed at supporting student's... read more

    Table of Contents

    • 1. Exploring College
    • 2. Knowing Yourself as a Learner
    • 3. Managing Your Time and Priorities
    • 4. Planning Your Academic Pathways
    • 5. Reading and Notetaking
    • 6. Studying, Memory, and Test Taking
    • 7. Thinking
    • 8. Communicating
    • 9. Understanding Civility and Cultural Competence
    • 10. Understanding Financial literacy
    • 11. Engaging in a Healthy Lifestyle
    • 12. Planning for Your Future

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    • OpenStax
    • About the Book

      OpenStax College Success is a comprehensive and contemporary resource that serves First Year Experience, Student Success, and College Transition courses. Developed with the support of hundreds of faculty and coordinators, the book addresses the evolving challenges and opportunities of today’s diverse students. Engagement, self-analysis, personal responsibility, and student support are reflected throughout the material. College Success also includes an array of student surveys and opinion polls, and OpenStax will regularly provide the results to adopting faculty.  

      About the Contributors


      Amy Baldwin, University of Central Arkansas

      Lisa August, Canisius College

      James Bennett, Herzing University

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