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This is a good book for first-generation students and international students in getting familiar with the US higher education system and experience. The book includes a thorough list of topics for a first-year experience. read more
This is a good book for first-generation students and international students in getting familiar with the US higher education system and experience. The book includes a thorough list of topics for a first-year experience.
The book presented accurate information. Some information needs to be addressed in separate ways for a first-generation student and an international student. For example, the book can add information for international students who need to prepare for their F1 visa grace period and any possible authorized optional practical training (OPT) opportunities during the 4th year of college and after graduation (p. 71).
Content is up-to-date. Additional details or updated relevant information can be added, for example, how to understand syllabi and navigate various course types: conventional, web-assisted, remote, hybrid, and online course.
The book is clearly written to be accessible to first-generation students and international students making the transition from high school to college. It includes a remix of various online data/resources and work from other OEN books e.g., College Success (2015), no limits (2018).
The book is written consistently.
The book has three parts, getting in/getting through/appendix, and includes clear smaller sections of text with subheadings.
The book can be more expanded to fit the curriculum of a college orientation course. It could be used as the text for a first-generation or international student specific section of the freshmen seminar or as part of First Year Experience programming.
No significant issues with the book's interface. The book was easy to read and navigate through the e-book (PDF).
The book is well written and is free of grammatical errors.
The book covers and is sensitive to diverse cultures and backgrounds. Even though “More Quotes from the field” section can be helpful, it could have been better organized in more consistent, sensitive, and respectful way. For example, "I have a specific message for . . .Asian-American students…and Students of color…” (p. 93-95)
This is a good book for incoming freshmen and international students. I also appreciated that it can be beneficial for instructors to understand students’ perspectives. A lot of faculty would be interested in reading and discussing the book.
Comprehensiveness: Table of Contents is varied and covers a comprehensive amount of information for a new student. First generation, international, non-traditional and diverse college students are addressed and content is tailored in meaningful ways. read more
Comprehensiveness: Table of Contents is varied and covers a comprehensive amount of information for a new student. First generation, international, non-traditional and diverse college students are addressed and content is tailored in meaningful ways.
Accuracy: Text was error-free and relevant even with author's personal perspective influencing content. Information on accreditation, financial aid, and academic terminology was current and accurate.
Relevance: All new students could benefit from a resource like "Bridges: United States Academia for First-Generation and International College Students" as it provides guidance to multiple areas of the college experience. This text would be a positive impact on any new student and covers everything from understanding and navigating college to how to be a successful student.
Clarity: The text itself can be utilized as a tool but students would likely need guidance in reviewing and understanding specific sections. Customize the text to unique classroom content seems the most appropriate way to approach the use of this text. It is unlikely that students would be able to draw as much information on their own meaning each reading should be selected to pair with a lesson that involves discussion and measurable outcomes.
Consistency: The text is consistent but I would have liked to see a little more content on understanding syllabi and approaching assignments as a new student.
Modularity: The online resource was clear and organized which made it very approachable and easy to read. Connections to outside resources were available and no broken links or disruptions were found. "The University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing has a free, very comprehensive digital title called College Success (2015) that includes sections on subjects such as listening strategies, note-taking, and preparing for tests that this book does not." https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/college-success. -Shawn Higgins
Organization: The text was easy to navigate and I found the organization was logical. However, it would be easy to adjust the sections and reorder them to tailor to lessons of individual classrooms, which was very convenient.
Grammatical: No grammatical errors found.
Cultural: This text specifically addressed various races, ethnicities, and backgrounds of students that might find themselves in an American college environment and new to the experience. Inclusion was an overarching theme within the text.
"...being successful in college is about making connections, seeing relationships, solving problems, engaging actively, and figuring out how to get from “here” to “there.” Find bridges where they already are; figure out how to make them when you need them." -Shawn Higgins For how inclusive the content was, I felt that the title could have been updated to reflect who could benefit from using this academic resource; all new students.
Table of Contents
- 1. Accreditation and Types of Institutions
- 2. International United States College Campuses
- 3. Study Abroad in the United States
- 4. College Fairs
- 5. Outreach Services
- 6. Community Serving Colleges and Universities
- 7. College Rankings
- 8. Campus Visits
- 9. College Websites and Other Internet Resources
- 10. Applications
- 11. Common Challenges
- 12. Academic Advising
- 13. Credentials, Majors, and Requirements
- 14. Instructors and Professors
- 15. Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
- 16. Rights and Responsibilities
- 17. More Quotes From the Field
- 18. Twenty Academic Jargon Words You Might Need to Know
- 19. Grammar for Composition Resources and Review
- 20. Academic Situations and Scripts
- 21. Pop Culture Index
About the Book
About the Contributors
Shawn Higgins is the Academic Coordinator for the Undergraduate Bridge Program at Temple University’s Japan Campus in Tokyo. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut.