Higher Education

Navigating the Research University: A Guide for First-Year Students, 3rd Edition

  • Britt Andreatta University of California, Santa Barbara
  • ISBN-10: 0495913782  |  ISBN-13: 9780495913788
  • 288 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006
  • © 2012 | Published
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Full of practical tips and tools and useful personal advice, NAVIGATING THE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY: A GUIDE FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS, 3E, provides students with a comprehensive introduction to education at a research institution. While orientation sessions and other first-year programs are designed to orient students to the many aspects of university life, this text helps them navigate the university on a daily basis. Suitable for first-year experience courses, orientation, or first-year seminars, the text is designed to support students at a broad range of research universities and gives you the flexibility to easily incorporate unique features of your own institution. Britt Andreatta helps students understand research, the role it plays in the university, and the basic methodologies used in a variety of disciplines. Andreatta also guides students in developing the skills necessary for achieving academic success, including critical thinking, thoughtful analysis, and effective writing. In addition, the text includes valuable insights into the personal and working issues students may encounter as new and aspiring members of a community of scholars.

Features and Benefits

  • A Quick Start Guide that appears before Chapter 1 is designed to help students navigate the first few days at their university. It includes essential information such as living with roommates, finding classes, and receiving financial aid.
  • "Stories from the Path" features explore a diverse range of student experiences relevant to concepts covered in the text. Both positive and negative experiences are presented through compelling experiences shared by real-life college students. Three new stories appear in the third edition. In addition, stories throughout the text provide informative and engaging personal examples to illuminate key concepts in ways students are likely to find relevant and useful.
  • A section explores Kohlberg's Six Stages of Moral Development, outlining general principles and exploring their specific applications for students in the unique setting of a research institution.
  • Integrated throughout the text, new and updated national data on college students support an informed discussion of important current issues and trends of interest to students in research universities.
  • The "Points of Interest" feature helps students become engaged with the text by providing alternative perspectives to complement your viewpoint.

Table of Contents

1. Research and the Research University.
2. The First-Year Experience at the Research University.
3. Skills for Academic Success at the Research University.
4. Independence, Family, Values, and Campus Safety.
5. Degrees, Majors, and Careers at a Research University.
6. Alcohol, Drug Use, and Sexual Activity among University Students.
7. The Diverse University Community.
8. Leadership Development at the Research University.
9. Planning for Your Future.

What's New

  • New! A new feature titled @myU discusses how a variety of topics are likely to materialize in the daily experience of the student. This feature includes space for reflection so that students can personalize the content.
  • New! A new "Scenic Route" feature appears in the margin and directs students to related websites and tools.
  • New! A Chapter Overview allows students to preview the material at the beginning of every chapter.
  • New! This edition features new material on critical thinking and higher-order thinking skills and their importance at a research university (Chapter 1).
  • New! New material in Chapter 3 covers key skills for achieving success in college, including note taking, test taking, motivation, and stress management, and keeps the third edition fresh with coverage of these popular topics.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"I find that the text does a superb job of helping students understand who they are within the context of a larger research university, guiding them through explanations and self-assessments that assist students in understanding themselves as learners--identifying both their strengths and weaknesses--and most importantly how to tap into the vast array of resources available to them as a part of being a student at a research university." -- T. Wyckoff, Auburn University

— T. Wyckoff

"NAVIGATING THE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY is an enjoyable read written in a clear and concise manner that engages the student to want to read and learn while encouraging a student's responsibility in the learning process." -- Kimberly Little, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

— Kimberly Little

"This book clearly and succinctly communicates to students, and those who support students, all of the key first-year transition issues new college students face, particularly to issues of scholarship, and meets students where they are at." -- Catrina L. Wagner, University of California, Davis

— Catrina L. Wagner

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Britt Andreatta

Britt Andreatta, PhD, is currently Chair of the Bachelor's Program at Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Previously, she served as Assistant Dean of Students and a faculty member at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she worked for 20 years. She was responsible for designing and teaching all of the student success courses (Education 10, Education 20, and Education 118), as well as coordinating programming and mentoring efforts for all 4,000 freshmen students and 1,500 new transfer students. In addition, she coordinated UCSB's various leadership development programs. She serves as an educational consultant and diversity educator, providing training on a variety of issues to students, staff, and faculty at colleges and universities. Dr. Andreatta has an MA in Communication and a PhD in Education. Her dissertation was entitled "The Effects of Social and Academic Integration on the Retention of First-Year University Students," and she continues to explore issues related to student success. She has received numerous awards, including UCSB's prestigious Getman Service to Students Award, Professor of the Year, and the national Outstanding Experienced Professional by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Dr. Andreatta has created several exciting programs for parents of first-year students, including two workshops entitled "Your Student's First Year" and "Parents in Transition," both of which have been adapted to more than 250 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Australia.