Preface: Purpose of the Book; Chapter I: Unprepared & At-Risk College Students: ""Myth or Reality?""; Chapter II: Philosophical Foundations: ""Yes, They Can!""; Chapter III: Setting the Tone the First Week of Class: ""Sharing A Mission for Success""; Chapter III: Begin with Consistent Contact: ""Attendance That Matters""; Chapter V: Learning Styles and The Science of Learning: Tapping Brain Power?; Chapter VI: Embracing Learner-Centered Education: ""Engaging Students""; Chapter VII: Interweaving Assessment & Teaching: Where the Rubber Meets the Road?; Chapter VIII: Grading Systems That Discourage Plagiarism & Cheating: Playing by; the Rules?; Chapter IX: Classroom Inclusion: ""Encourage, Enrich, Empower""; Chapter X: Civil Behavior in the Classroom: ""Pardon the Interruption""; Chapter XI: Additional Strategies for Helping At-Risk Students Catch-Up: ""Bridging Prior-Knoledge Gaps""; Chapter XII: Academic Support Centers: ""Building Two-Way Streets""; Epilog: Final Thoughts: ""Promoting A Richer Campus Environment; References; Endnotes; About the Author.
Kathleen F. Gabriel is a professor at California State University, Chico. She was a high school social science teacher before she became a Resource Specialist for students with learning disabilities. Once she moved to the university setting, she developed an academic support program for at-risk and unprepared college students. In addition, and became a Faculty Development Specialist at the University of Arizona. She has also served as the Director of Disabled Student Services at a community college in Northern California.
"This book offers a practical and excellent resource for college and university faculty on how to enhance retention for students, particularly those who might need assistance transitioning from high school to college." -- Christine A. Stanley, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Texas A&M University "Kathleen Gabriel has put together an inspiring tableau of what constitutes good teaching and learning for the majority of faculty in their interactions with current students. I believe that most of our students are at-risk; those that would get through without much help from us are cheated out of an excellent education. I especially enjoyed the interweaving she consistently does between issues of teaching effectiveness and assessment of student learning. Kathleen Gabriel has created a professor-friendly discussion for all those concerned with classroom success." - Judy Diane Grace, Ph.D., Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence"