"Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture", by Dr. Sharon Field and Dr. David Parker, has just been published and is now available for purchase.

"Becoming Self-Determined" is the most recent publication by the Association for Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD). Although many of us know that a substantial disparity exists between the skills required to get accepted in college vs. succeed in college, Dr. Field & Dr. Parker provide practical, research-based strategies on how to actually do something about it.

We believe this book is an outstanding resource for all stakeholders in higher education, including current or soon-to-be college students and their parents, on how to create an environment that fosters self-determination. 

We are honored to be featured as a resource in the chapter on promoting student resilience and grit. One of our quotes can also be found on the book jacket! (both below)

We want to thank Dr. Field and Dr. Parker for including us in this amazing resource. The book can be purchased by clicking the link below:

Book Overview: 
"Although the current generation of U.S. undergraduates may have higher test scores, more A.P. credits, and longer lists of extracurricular activities than students at any other time in history, too many of these bright young people are coming to campus without a strong sense of who they are and what they want out of life. Becoming Self-Determined provides research-based but practical strategies that college administrators, faculty, learning center staff, counseling/student health clinicians, disability services staff, and residential life staff can use to help students gain more from their college education. It can also help stressed-out parents and students get off the treadmill and view challenges and supports in college as a meaningful part of an education for life."

"In order for students to accomplish special things, they have to develop intrinsic motivation. Too often, success is defined for students by adults in their lives (parents, guardians, teachers, coaches, etc.), which may create motivation through fear of disappointment or a sense of obligation to those adults. However, this motivation is not enough to help students practice delayed gratification, overcome obstacles or adversity, step out of their comfort zone, and exhibit a willingness to fail- all of which are essential to achieving challenging goals. To create intrinsic motivation, students have to define personal success in their own context and then set specific goals based on that definition. The greatest mistake we can make is assuming that students can’t identify what’s important to them." (Chapter on Resilience & Grit)

“Dr. Field and Dr. Parker provide a comprehensive blueprint for creating a culture centered around self-determination in higher education, backed by indisputable research and tangible strategies that institutions can implement today. A must-read for anyone involved with higher education, including parents with current or prospective students!” (Book Jacket)

What did you think of this post? Do you feel there is a mismatch between what we require of students to get admitted to college vs. what they will need to succeed in college and beyond? Let us know in the comments!

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