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Doing College Right

A Guide to Student Success

Joe O'Shea

216 pages
Teachers College Press

How do you know which college is right for you? And what should you do during college to make the most of your time there? In Doing College Right, dean of undergraduate studies Joe O’Shea helps readers to both choose a college and make key decisions throughout their higher education journey. O’Shea harnesses the latest research on how students develop and showcases award-winning programs from across the United States that are making a difference in the lives of students. Doing College Right is filled with helpful case examples, practical rubrics, and guiding questions to help readers evaluate colleges based on key dimensions of student success, both before and during college. This guide is important reading for prospective students and their families, as well as college admissions staff and high school counselors.

Book Features:

  • Offers a comprehensive, evidence-based framework to help students and families make decisions about college.
  • Translates the innovations and lessons of the recent student success movement.
  • Examines how colleges can support students, including those from underrepresented and underserved populations.
  • Illustrates the critical roles of higher education institutions in enabling the success of students.
Author Bio

Joe O’Shea is dean of undergraduate studies and assistant provost at Florida State University. He also serves as a higher education expert for the U.S. Department of Education and other national efforts.