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FOCUS on College Success 5th Edition

Dr. Constance Staley

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The fifth edition of FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS recognizes the varied experiences of today's students and guides them to be more mindful, motivated, productive, and focused. Its research-based approach builds a solid foundation, allowing students see the relevance of this course. Written by Constance Staley, this valuable resources increases the credibility of college success courses by providing tools that help students succeed. Starting with the use of FOCUS Challenge Cases that introduce each chapter, it starts a conversation with readers. In a survey of students using FOCUS, 97% recommended that their professor use this product again.

Dr. Constance Staley, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

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.

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  • Credible: Using concrete research to drive all content, this text delivers proof that the college success course matters and improves retention. FOCUS ON COLLEGE SUCCESS includes student entrance and exit interviews, which document for faculty and college administrators the fact that students have made progress in the course and illustrate students' reactions to individual sections of the text.
  • Relevant: FOCUS Challenge Cases in each chapter present actual student profiles that focus on big issues and are immediately engaging. Readers will see their own experiences or those of friends and family and possibly even learn lessons from the "mistakes" of others. The text's unique and personalized learning system emphasizes the four C's of intrinsic motivation: the degree of Curiosity prompted by material, the level of Control over outcomes, the extent of focus on the Career Outlook students are in the process of developing, and the level of Challenge in course work.
  • Info/Affect Ratio: Today's instructors realize that college success has both affective and cognitive components. One of Staley's best traits as a writer is her ability to blend the two seamlessly as an academic "storyteller." Much of the text's affect comes through evocative images and quotations, such that the author helps the instructor "educate the whole student." The updated photo program plugs into student engagement by offering a cast of students posing in real case studies/stories of Staley's students, stimulating students' interest and appealing to their visual learning preferences. The cast appears throughout the book so that readers feel they get to know these 12 students.
  • Fully Supported: Offering a high level of instructor support, the integrated teaching package includes a robust website, a comprehensive Instructor's Manual, and an Annotated Instructor's Edition featuring notes from the author. To ensure the greatest possible success for institutions with diverse student audiences, various course setups, and a host of other variables, the text's instructor annotations are grouped in the following categories: Diversity Discussion, Teachable Moments, Sensitive Situation, Activity Selection, Teaching with Technology, Application Idea, and Growth Mindset.
  • Research-based: This edition contains critical issues to keep students and instructors abreast of the prolific research available on the scholarship of teaching and learning. One of Staley's strengths as an author is a remarkable ability to translate difficult concepts into relevant, contemporary analogies and student-accessible language. Specific areas of new research that are crucial to student success include the effects that being distracted by emails or phone calls have on student success, the time it takes to "reboot" after interrupting a task, the essential role of grit and mindset on college success, and the role a college degree has on a happier, healthier life.

FOCUS on College Success


1. Becoming Mindful, Building Resilience.
2. Starting Strong, Setting Goals.
3. Learning Styles and Studying.
4. Managing Your Time, Energy, and Money.
5. Thinking Critically and Creatively.
6. Learning Online.
7. Engaging, Listening, and Note-taking in Class.
8. Reading, Writing, and Presenting.
9. Developing Memory, Taking Tests.
10. Working in Teams, Valuing Diversity.
11. Working Toward Wellness.
12. Choosing a College Major and Career.

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