Higher Education

FOCUS on College and Career Success, 1st Edition

  • Dr. Constance Staley University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Dr. Steve Staley Colorado Technical University
  • ISBN-10: 1439083908  |  ISBN-13: 9781439083901
  • 400 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.25 List Price = $ 66.95
  • Newer Edition Available

About

Overview

Steve Staley and Constance Staley’s FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS is uniquely equipped to turn the tides with regard to retention among first year college students. Visually appealing, research-based, and highly motivational, this text thoroughly engages students with direct applications and immediate results. Constance Staley, one of the best-known names in the field of motivation and student engagement, provides a wealth of tools to help students of varied learning styles succeed in their first year of college and beyond. Steve Staley has been teaching at Colorado Technical University for 30 years and is intimately familiar with the specialized student needs of career and technical students. Thoroughly researched, the text covers the topics most important to student success and incorporates the underlying themes of motivation and self-discipline throughout. Rather than talking down to students or speaking over their heads, FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS initiates a personal and informal conversation with readers, directly connecting them with and drawing them into text discussions.

Features and Benefits

  • The online "TechKnow" feature in every chapter highlights important skills that students should be aware of in a completely online course or hybrid course. Special circumstances of the online learning environment are discussed in an easy to read, quick bulleted format, applying chapter-level skills to the online learning environment (e.g. navigating an online discussion board, creating meaningful relationships instructors and peers, and online test-taking tips).
  • The "Career Outlook" feature highlights the soft skills that aren't always taught in a classroom but are integral to getting and keeping a job. Highlighted skills include being observant, disciplined, resourceful, and reliable. A short discussion gives students the essentials of how to implement these soft skills in their current courses and transfer them to a job.
  • FOCUS ON STUDY SKILLS: With the fast pace of career and technical colleges, students need to quickly learn the study skills that will help them get through their courses successfully and efficiently. FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS provides thorough coverage in all areas of study skills, with separate chapters covering time management, listening, note-taking, reading, studying, and test taking.
  • FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS also provides students with all the career skills that are essential to obtaining a job, such as interview skills, resume writing, and creating a job plan. FOCUS also helps students narrow their major to align with their interests.
  • CAREER AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE FOCUSED: FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS explores the unique issues that career and technical college students face both inside and outside of the classroom, including juggling family, school, and work, and living/studying at home. The text puts extra emphasis on study skills, reading, writing, and test taking.

Table of Contents

1. Getting the Right Start.
2. Building Dreams, Setting Goals.
3. Learning about Learning.
4. Managing Your Time and Energy.
5. Thinking Critically and Creatively.
6. Developing Technology, Research, and Information Literacy Skills.
7. Engaging, Listening, and Note-Taking in Class.
8. Developing Your Memory.
9. Reading and Studying.
10. Taking Tests.
11. Building Relationships, Valuing Diversity.
12. Choosing a College Major and Career.
13. Creating Your Future.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + + CSFI 2.0 Printed Access Card + College Success Planner 2013 - 2014

ISBN-10: 1305246950  | ISBN-13: 9781305246959

List Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.00

This Bundle Includes:

  • FOCUS on College and Career Success
    List Price = $66.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.25
  • CSFI 2.0 Printed Access Card
    List Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $27.00
  • College Success Planner 2013-2014
    List Price = $40.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $30.75


Printed Text + CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code + College Success CourseMate with eBook, CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code

ISBN-10:  1133810640  | ISBN-13:  9781133810643

List Price = $86.95  | CengageBrain Price = $86.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $65.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • FOCUS on College and Career Success
    List Price = $66.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.25
  • College Success CourseMate with eBook, CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code
    List Price = $46.00  | CengageBrain Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00
  • CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code
    List Price = $36.00  | CengageBrain Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00


Bundle: Text + College Success CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1285256034  | ISBN-13:  9781285256030

List Price = $79.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $60.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • FOCUS on College and Career Success
    List Price = $66.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.25
  • College Success CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card
    List Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $34.00


Bundle: Text + College Success CourseMate with eBook, CSFI 2.0 Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1133295630  | ISBN-13:  9781133295631

List Price = $79.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $60.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • FOCUS on College and Career Success
    List Price = $66.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.25
  • College Success CourseMate with eBook, CSFI 2.0 Printed Access Card
    List Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $34.00


Printed Text + College Success CourseMate with eBook, CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code

ISBN-10:  1285263448  | ISBN-13:  9781285263441

List Price = $79.95  | CengageBrain Price = $79.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $60.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • FOCUS on College and Career Success
    List Price = $66.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.25
  • College Success CourseMate with eBook, CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code
    List Price = $46.00  | CengageBrain Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00


Printed Text + College Success CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code

ISBN-10:  128526343X | ISBN-13:  9781285263434

List Price = $79.95  | CengageBrain Price = $79.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $60.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • FOCUS on College and Career Success
    List Price = $66.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.25
  • College Success CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code
    List Price = $46.00  | CengageBrain Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00


Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The book speaks to our students and covers the subject matters that are included in our the objectives that we are hoping to review in this class." -- Dr. Pamela Walker, Northwestern College

— Dr. Pamela Walker

"I think it has some great points for our Student Success class and I think it rivals in some ways and in others is far superior to the text we currently use." -- Vickie Saling, Heald College

— Vickie Saling

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

College Success CourseMate with eBook, CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111940673 | ISBN-13: 9781111940676)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.

List Price = $46.00  | CengageBrain Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00

College Success CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0840062729 | ISBN-13: 9780840062727)

Cengage Learning’s College Success CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. College Success CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need! College Success CourseMate includes: -an interactive eBook -Interactive teaching and learning tools including: -Quizzes -Flashcards -Videos and more -Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course.

List Price = $46.00  | CengageBrain Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00

PowerLecture  (ISBN-10: 049590239X | ISBN-13: 9780495902393)

Organized around the topics covered in the book, this easy-to-use tool helps you assemble, edit, and present tailored multimedia lectures. You can create a lecture from scratch, customize the provided templates, or use the readymade Microsoft PowerPoint® slides as they are. The CD-ROM also includes book-specific video clips, the Instructor’s Manual, the Test Bank, and web links.

CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111940657 | ISBN-13: 9781111940652)

Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience with the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement CSFI survey (which measures 10 different behaviors/attitudes proven to affect college success) and quickly determine your strengths and areas where you can improve. The CSFI then proposes interventions to help you succeed, including specific pages in FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS, 1st Edition.

List Price = $36.00  | CengageBrain Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00

Student Supplements

College Success CourseMate with eBook, CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111940673 | ISBN-13: 9781111940676)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your college success and study skills course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, and take practice quizzes—all online with CourseMate. You'll also receive access to the College Success Factors Index (CSFI), which is designed to Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience. Take the 100-statement CSFI survey (which measures 10 different behaviors/attitudes proven to affect college success) and quickly determine your strengths and areas where you can improve. The CSFI then proposes interventions to help you succeed, including specific pages in FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS, 1st Edition.

List Price = $46.00  | CengageBrain Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00

College Success CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0840062729 | ISBN-13: 9780840062727)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. Read your textbook, take notes, review flashcards, watch videos, and take practice quizzes—online with CourseMate.

List Price = $46.00  | CengageBrain Price = $46.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $46.00

CSFI 2.0 Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111940657 | ISBN-13: 9781111940652)

Increase your success in college and maximize your college experience with the College Success Factors (CSFI) Index. Take the 100-statement CSFI survey (which measures 10 different behaviors/attitudes proven to affect college success) and quickly determine your strengths and areas where you can improve. The CSFI then proposes interventions to help you succeed, including specific pages in FOCUS ON COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS, 1st Edition.

List Price = $36.00  | CengageBrain Price = $36.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $36.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Dr. Constance Staley

Constance Staley is a Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she has directed the First-Year Seminar Program for nearly 25 of her 40 years in higher education. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Staley is the author of a multimedia training package for first-year seminar instructors, as well as the ground-breaking resource manual 50 Ways to Leave Your Lectern. A well-known name in FYE circles, Staley is a leader in faculty development nation-wide. During a three-year leave from the University of Colorado, Dr. Staley joined an East Coast Fortune 500 company to design and deliver its management and supervisory training. She also represented the university as a Fulbright Fellow, teaching in the former Soviet Union in 1996. Dr. Staley earned a B.A. in education from Ball State University, and an M.A. in linguistics and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Focus on College Success, Focus on Community College Success, and Focus on College Success Concise for Cengage Learning, and the co-author of Focus on College and Career Success with Steve Staley.

Dr. Steve Staley

Dr. Steve Staley is Professor of English and Humanities at Colorado Technical University, where in 2001 he originated, taught, and directed CTU's College Success course. Dr. Staley graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Colorado. As Assistant Dean of Faculty and Professor of English at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dr. Staley administered the Academy's successful Rhodes Scholarship program, directed faculty development, developed the First-Year Seminar "Interdisciplinary Education at the Academy" (IDEA) program, and originated a critically acclaimed course in "Physics and Literature." As a Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College, he also served as a Research Fellow with the United Nations International Peace Academy, authoring The United Nations and Naval Peacekeeping, and co-authoring with Dr. Constance Staley Communicating in Business and The Professions: The Inside Word. As Director of Advising at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Dr. Staley helped develop the school's new First-Year Seminar program. Following a one-year Fulbright Fellowship teaching in Kyrgyzstan, he has served CTU for over 20 years as Dean of Academics, Director of Faculty Development, and Director of General Education.