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The Undergraduate Experience

Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most

by Peter Felten, John N. Gardner, Charles C. Schroeder, Leo M. Lambert and Betsy O. Barefoot

Foreword by Freeman A. Hrabowski

Drawing on recent research and the authors’ wealth of experience, The Undergraduate Experience identifies six core themes that are common to all effective higher education institutions: Learning, Relationships, Expectations, Alignment, Improvement, Leadership. These themes provide a framework for focusing both individual and institutional attention on what is most important in undergraduate education.

About the authors

The five coauthors of this volume bring different perspectives on undergraduate education. Collectively we have worked in a wide range of institutions, from public community colleges to private research universities; we also have consulted on hundreds of different campuses, served as staff and faculty in roles from assistant professor to dean and president, been elected to leadership roles in diverse professional associations, authored scores of books and scholarly articles, and edited several higher education journals. In this book we aim to distill what we have learned from those many experiences.

So that you know a bit about each of us, we will introduce ourselves briefly.

PETER FELTEN

Peter Felten is executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and professor of history at Elon University.

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JOHN N. GARDNER

John N. Gardner is president of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and senior fellow and distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina

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CHARLES C. SCHROEDER

Charles C. Schroeder is a past president of ACPA—College Student Educators International, and former vice chancellor for student affairs and professor of educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri.

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LEO M. LAMBERT

Leo M. Lambert is in his eighteenth year as president of Elon University.

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BETSY O. BAREFOOT

Betsy O. Barefoot is cofounder and senior scholar of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, and coeditor of New Directions for Higher Education.

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