Thriving In Transitions

Posted: September 5, 2012

Dear Colleague,

For the past three decades, colleges and universities have invested considerable resources on programs and strategies to help students succeed in college. These efforts have often focused on remediating student characteristics or encouraging participation in recognized effective educational practices. While such efforts have yield some positive outcomes, the authors of a new collection of essays contend they are inadequate to promote success for all students in college and beyond.

Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success represents a paradigm shift in the student success literature. Grounded in positive psychology, the thriving concept reframes the student success conversation by focusing on the characteristics amenable to change and that promote high levels of academic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal performance in the college environment. The collection presents six research studies describing the characteristics that predict thriving in different groups of college students, including first-year students, transfer students, high-risk students, students of color, sophomores, and seniors, and offers recommendations for helping students thrive in college and life.

A must-have resource for any college educator committed to moving beyond having students merely survive college to helping them thrive. To order your copy, please visit us online at


Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success

Laurie A. Schreiner, Michelle C. Louis, and Denise D. Nelson

ISBN 978-1-889271-83-5. 102 pages. $35.00

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