Resources about Student Achievement

You can access these resources directly via the Hutchins Library Electronic Resources Collection while on-campus and connected to the Berea Network.

“Academic Advising and Student Retention.” Recruitment & Retention In Higher Education 18, no. 10 (October 2004): 8.

Bahr, Peter. “Cooling Out in the Community College: What is the Effect of Academic Advising on Students’ Chances of Success?.” Research In Higher Education 49, no. 8 (December 2008): 704-732.

Ensign, Rachel Louise. “Fast Gainers: 4 Ways That Colleges Have Raised Graduation Rates.”Chronicle Of Higher Education 57, no. 16 (December 10, 2010): A15.

Foster, Forrest. “When Eligibility Is Over.” Diverse: Issues In Higher Education 26, no. 8 (May 28, 2009): 23.

Graunke, Steven S., Sherry A. Woosley, and Laura L. Helms. “How Do Their Initial Goals Impact Students’ Chances to Graduate? An Exploration of Three Types of Commitment.” NACADA Journal 26, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 13-18.

“Help! Students Who Need It; Students Who Seek It.” Teaching Professor 20, no. 5 (May 2006): 5-6.

Smith, Joshua S., Dai David Yun, and Bruce P. Szelest. “Helping First-Year Students Make the Transition to College through Advisor-Researcher Collaboration.” NACADA Journal 26, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 67-76.

Steingass, S. Jon, and Seth Sykes. “Centralizing Advising to Improve Student Outcomes.” Peer Review (Winter 2008): 18-20.


Light, Richard J. Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.

Why do some students in the United States make the most of college, while others struggle and look back on years of missed opportunities? What choices can students make, and what can teachers and university leaders do to improve more students’ experiences and help them make the most of their time and monetary investment? And how is greater diversity on campus–cultural, racial, and religious–affecting education? How can students and faculty benefit from differences and learn from the inevitable moments of misunderstanding and awkwardness?

Two Harvard University Presidents invited Richard Light and his colleagues to explore these questions, resulting in ten years of interviews with 1,600 Harvard students. Making the Most of College offers concrete advice on choosing classes, talking productively with advisors, improving writing and study skills, maximizing the value of research assignments, and connecting learning inside the classroom with the rest of life.

The stories that students shared with Light and his colleagues about their experiences of inspiration, frustration, and discovery fill the book with spirit. Some of the anecdotes are funny, some are moving, and some are surprising. Many are wise–especially about the ways of getting the best, in classroom and dormitory, from the new racial and ethnic diversity.

Filled with practical advice, illuminated with stories of real students’ self-doubts, failures, discoveries, and hopes, Making the Most of College presents strategies for academic success.