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Bridges: United States Academia for First-Generation and International College Students

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Shawn Higgins, Temple University

Copyright Year: 2021

ISBN 13: 9781439919866

Publisher: North Broad Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Susan Steel, Academic Reading Professor/Adjunct Faculty, Johnson County Community College on 4/22/22

Comprehensiveness: First generation, international, non-traditional, and diverse college students will find meaningful information that is varied and comprehensive. read more

Reviewed by Jasmin Kwon, Professor, Middle Tennessee State University on 4/30/21

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

Reviewed by Rebecca Steen, Academic Advisor II/Adjunct Faculty, Rogue Community College on 1/11/21

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

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

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  • About the Book

    Bridges introduces students to a wide range of concepts, institutions, histories, and artifacts of United States college and university life. After discussing these items in easy-to-scan, concise, nuance-free prose, this textbook then offers useful lists, templates for writing and speaking in different discourses and situations, thought-provoking questions and activities for self-study and for classroom work, and pertinent hyperlinks for further information. Bridges is designed to help first-generation, first-year, English language learners, and/or culturally unfamiliarized students more fully and successfully explore their educational environments. By using this book, students will be better prepared for the academic and social challenges of successfully undertaking higher education in English.


    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.

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