Three Valencia Leaders Contribute to New Book on Building Transfer Student Pathways

Left to right: Sonya Joseph, Kathleen Plinske and Joyce Romano

The recently published book, “Building Transfer Student Pathways For College and Career Success,” includes insights from three Valencia leaders.

Co-edited by Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Sonya Joseph and Mark Allen Poisel, the book outlines theories and practices as they pertain to promoting college completion and transfer success. The book features topics on student mobility, system-wide approaches, transfer student orientations, academic advising and more.

Vice President of Educational Partnerships Joyce Romano co-authored Chapter 3, called Transfer Readiness: Insights From 10 Years of Intentional Design, and Executive Vice President and Provost Kathleen Plinske authored Chapter 6, coined Long-Term Learning Communities: Mitigating the Effects of Stereotype Threat and Cultivating Student Success.

National leaders in education have praised the book, highlighting its relevancy to today’s higher education environment and its practicality in posing viable solutions to modern-day challenges.

Deborah Santiago, co-founder, Excelencia in Education, wrote, “This work stands out as a refreshing edition of my reading list on student success because it comes from practitioners authentically serving today’s students. The authors provide a clear picture of today’s student pathways, examples of effective institutional practice, and authentic options to intentionally serve today’s students.”

Martin Kurzweil, director, Educational Transformation, Ithaka S+R, mirrored Deborah’s positive assessment. “While the base majority of community college students aspire to earn a bachelor’s degree, only a small fraction do,” Martin wrote. “… Poisel and Joseph have assembled some of the best researchers and practitioners in the U.S. to provide deeply informative, yet easy to understand discussions of key aspects of the transfer challenge and a set of promising solutions…”

For more information or to order a copy of the book, click here.

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