Suggested Readings

Student Success

Monograph No 26, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina: Columbia
Barefoot, B. O., Fidler, D., Gardner, J.N., Moore, P. and Roberts, M. 1999
Full Ref:Barefoot, B. O., Fidler, D., Gardner, J.N., Moore, P. and Roberts, M. (1999) A Natural Linkage: The First-Year Seminar and the Learning Community. In: J. H. Levine (Ed.), Learning Communities: New Structures, New Partnerships for Learning. Monograph No 26, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina: Columbia.

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The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education
Box, G., Callan, N., Geddes, T., Kemp, K.M., and Wjcieszek, J. 2012
Full Ref: Box, G., Callan, N., Geddes, T., Kemp, K.M., and Wjcieszek, J. 2012. University First Year Advisors: A Network Approach for First Year Student Transition and Retention. A Practice Report. The International Journal of The First Year in Higher Education, 3 (1): 91- 100.

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Vanderbilt University Press: Nashville, Tennessee
Braxton, J.M. (Ed.) 2000
Full Ref: Braxton, J.M. (Ed.) 2000. Reworking the Student Departure Puzzle. Vanderbilt University Press: Nashville, Tennessee.

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Journal of College Student Retention
Caison, A.L. 2005
Full Ref: Caison, A.L. 2005. Determinants of Systemic Retention: Implications for Improving Retention Practice in Higher Education. Journal of College Student Retention, 6 (4): 425 – 411.

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New Directions in Higher Education
Dunphy, L., Miller, T., Woodruff, T., and Nelson, J. 1987
Full Ref: Dunphy, L., Miller, T., Woodruff, T., and Nelson, J. 1987. Exemplary Retention Strategies for the Freshman Year. New Directions in Higher Education, 15 (4): 39 – 60.

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Studies in Higher Education
Gale, T., and Parker, S. 2014
Full Ref: Gale, T., and Parker, S. 2014. Navigating Change: Typology of Student Transition in Higher Education. Studies in Higher Education, 39(5): 734 – 753.

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Jossey-Bass: San Francisco
Gardner, J.N., Upcraft, M.L., and B.O. Barefoot, B.O. (Eds.) 2005
Full Ref: Gardner, J.N., Upcraft, M.L., and B.O. Barefoot, B.O. (Eds.) 2005. Challenging and Supporting the First-Year Student: A Handbook for Improving the First Year of College. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.

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Available Online
Harvey, L., Drew, S., and Smit, M. 2006
Full Ref: Harvey, L., Drew, S., and Smit, M. 2006. The First-Year Experience: A Review of Literature for the Higher Education Academy. [Available Online]

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Journal of College Student Retention
Hawley, T.H., and Harris, T.A. 2005
Full Ref: Hawley, T.H., and Harris, T.A. 2005. Student Characteristics Related to Persistence for First-Year Community College Students. Journal of College Student Retention, 7(1): 117 – 142.

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Journal of College Student Development
Hernandez, J.C. 2000
Full Ref: Hernandez, J.C. 2000. Understanding the Retention of Latino College Students. Journal of College Student Development, 41(6): 575 – 588.

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Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press
Johnston. B. 2010
Full Ref: Johnston. B. 2010. The First-Year at University: Teaching Students in Transition. Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press.

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Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Johnes, G., and McNabb, R. 2004
Full Ref: Johnes, G., and McNabb, R. 2004. Never Give Up on The Good Times: Student Attrition in the UK. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 66: 23 – 47.

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College Student Journal
Kim, E., Newton, FB., Downey, R., and Benton, S. 2010
Full Ref: Kim, E., Newton, FB., Downey, R., and Benton, S. 2010. Personal Factors Impacting College Student Success: Constructing College Learning Effectiveness Inventory (CLEI). College Student Journal, 44(1): 112 – 125.

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The Saudi Journal of Higher Education
Koch, A.K., and Gardner, J.N. 2014
Full Ref: Koch, A.K., and Gardner, J.N. 2014. A History of the First-Year Experience in the United States in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: Past Practices, Current Approaches and Future Directions. The Saudi Journal of Higher Education, (11): 11 – 44.

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Jossey-Bass: San Francisco
Kuh, G.D., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J.H., and Whitt, E.J. 2005
Full Ref: Kuh, G.D., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J.H., and Whitt, E.J. 2005. Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.

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Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U): Washington, DC
Kuh, G.D. 2008
Full Ref: Kuh, G.D. 2008. High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter. Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U): Washington, DC.

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Journal of Instructional Psychology
Kuo, J., Hagie, C., and Miller, M.T. 2004
Full Ref: Kuo, J., Hagie, C., and Miller, M.T. 2004. Encouraging College Student Success: The Instructional Challenges, Response Strategies and Study Skills of Contemporary Undergraduates. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 31(1): 60 – 67.

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Sun Press: Stellenbosch
Leibowitz, B., Van Der Merwe, A and Schalkwyk, S. (Eds.). 2012
Full Ref: Leibowitz, B., Van Der Merwe, A and Schalkwyk, S. (Eds.). 2012. Focus on First-Year Success: Perspectives Emerging from South Africa and Beyond. Sun Press: Stellenbosch, 17-35.

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South African Journal of Higher Education
Louren, A. and Smit, I.P.J. 2003
Full Ref: Louren, A. and Smit, I.P.J. 2003. Retention: Predicting First Year Success. South African Journal of Higher Education, 17(2): 169 – 176.

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International Journal of Educational Development
Lubben, F., Davidowitz, B., Buffler, A., Allie., and Scott, I. 2010
Full Ref: Lubben, F., Davidowitz, B., Buffler, A., Allie., and Scott, I. 2010. Factors Influencing Access Students’ Persistence in an Undergraduate Science Programme: A South African Case Study. International Journal of Educational Development, 30 (4): 351 – 358.

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HSRC Press: Cape Town
Morrow, W. 2009
Full Ref: Morrow, W. 2009. Bounds of Democracy: Epistemological Access in Higher Education. HSRC Press: Cape Town.

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Oxford Shine, UK: Libri Publishing
Nelson, K.J., Kift, S.M., and Clarke, J.A. 2012
Full Ref: Nelson, K.J., Kift, S.M., and Clarke, J.A. 2012. A Transition Pedagogy for Student Engagement and First-Year Learning, Success and Retention. Oxford Shine, UK: Libri Publishing.

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Student Success
O`Donnell, M., Wallace, M., Melano, A., Lawson, R., and Leinonen, E. 2015
Full Ref: O`Donnell, M., Wallace, M., Melano, A., Lawson, R., and Leinonen, E. 2015. Putting Transition at The Centre of Whole-of-Curriculum Transformation. Student Success, 6(2): 73 – 79.

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The International Journal of The First Year in Higher Education
Ogude, N., Kilfoil, W., and Du Plessis, D. 2012
Full Ref: Ogude, N., Kilfoil, W., and Du Plessis, D. 2012. An Institutional Model for Improving Student Retention and Success at The University of Pretoria. The International Journal of The First Year in Higher Education, 3(1): 21 – 34.

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Jossey-Bass: San Francisco
Pascarella, E., and Terenzini, P. 1991
Full Ref: Pascarella, E., and Terenzini, P. 1991. How College Affects Students: A Third Decade of Research. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.

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Journal of College Student Development
Pritchard, M.E., and Wilson, G.S. 2003
Full Ref: Pritchard, M.E., and Wilson, G.S. 2003. Using Emotional and Social Factors to Predict Student Success. Journal of College Student Development, 44(1): 18 – 28.

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The Qualitative Report
Rausch, J.L., and Hamilton, M.W. 2006
Full Ref: Rausch, J.L., and Hamilton, M.W. 2006. Goal and Distractions: Explanations of Early Attrition from Traditional University Freshmen. The Qualitative Report, 11 [Available Online]

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Research in Higher Education
Reason, R.D., Terenzini, P.T., and Domingo, R.J. 2006
Full Ref: Reason, R.D., Terenzini, P.T., and Domingo, R.J. 2006. First Things First: Developing Academic Competence in the First-Year of College. Research in Higher Education, 47: 149 – 175.

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Journal of Student Affairs in Africa
Schreiber, B., Leuscher-Mamashela, T., and Moja, V. 2014
Full Ref:Schreiber, B., Leuscher-Mamashela, T., and Moja, V. 2014. Tinto in South Africa: Student Integration, Persistence and Success, and The Role of Student Affairs. Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2(2): v – x.

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Acta Academia
Strydom, J.F., Kuh, G.D., and Metz, M. 2010
Full Ref: Strydom, J.F., Kuh, G.D., and Metz, M. 2010. Enhancing Success in South Africa’s Higher Education: Measuring Student Engagement. Acta Academia, 42(1): 259 – 278.

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Journal of Institutional Research
Tinto, V. 2000
Full Ref: Tinto, V. 2000. Learning Better Together: The Impact of Learning Communities on Student Success in Higher Education. Journal of Institutional Research, 9(1): 1 – 8.

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The International Journal of The First Year in Higher Education
Tinto, V. 2012
Full Ref: Tinto, V. 2012. Enhancing Student Success: Taking Classroom Success Seriously. The International Journal of The First Year in Higher Education, 3(1): 1 – 8.

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Educational Research Review
Van der Zanden, P.J.A.C., Dennesen, E., Cillessen, A.H.N., and Meijer, P.C. 2018
Full Ref: Van der Zanden, P.J.A.C., Dennesen, E., Cillessen, A.H.N., and Meijer, P.C. 2018. Domains and Predictors of First-Year Student Success: A Systematic Literature Review. Educational Research Review, 23: 57 – 77.

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Available Online
Van Zyl, A. (Ed). 2017
Full Ref: Van Zyl, A. (Ed). 2017. The First-Year Experience in Higher Education in South Africa: A Good Practices Guide. [Available Online]

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The Journal of Quality and Participation
Veenstra, C.P. 2009
Full Ref: Veenstra, C.P. 2009. A Strategy for Improving Freshman College Retention. The Journal of Quality and Participation, 19-23.

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South African Journal of Higher Education
Visser, H., and Van Zyl, D. 2013
Full Ref: Visser, H., and Van Zyl, D. 2013. Assessment of Academic Readiness to Achieve Student Success and Retention. South African Journal of Higher Education, 27(2): 330 – 352.

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Teaching in Higher Education
Zepke, N., and Leach, L. 2010
Full Ref: Zepke, N., and Leach, L. 2010. Beyond Hard Outcomes: ‘Soft’ Outcomes and Engagement as Student Success. Teaching in Higher Education, 15(6): 661 – 673.

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