John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Publications Contributions to the Literature of Undergraduate Education Improvement by Staff Members at the Institute.

Since its launch in 1999, the Gardner Institute (formerly the Policy Center on the First Year of College) has sponsored its staff in producing book-and monograph-length publications relevant to the improvement of undergraduate education and has engaged in a number of research projects. The following publications were developed by staff members of the Gardner Institute from 2002 to the present, with support, respectively, from The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and Lumina Foundation.

  • Alexander, J., & Gardner, J. (2009 May/June). Beyond retention: A comprehensive approach to the first college year. Published in About Campus. Click to download.
  • Barefoot, B. (Ed). (2008). The First Year and Beyond: Rethinking the Challenge of Collegiate Transition. New Directions for Higher Education (No. 44). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Barefoot, B, Gardner, J., Cutright, M., Morris. L, Schroeder, C., Siegel, M., Schwartz, S., & Swing, R. (2005). Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Click here to order this book from the publisher at a 15% discount. To receive the discount, enter the code aff15 upon checkout.
  • Upcraft, M. L., Gardner, J., & Barefoot, B. (2005). Challenging and Supporting the First-Year Student: A Handbook for Improving the First Year of College; San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Click here to order this book from the publisher at a 15% discount. To receive the discount, enter the code aff15 upon checkout.
  • Gardner, J., Barefoot, B.,, & Swing, R. (2002). Guidelines for Evaluating The First Year Experience at Two-Year Colleges (2nd edition). Columbia, SC: National Resource Center for The First Year Experience & Students in Transition/Policy Center on the First Year of College. Click to download.
  • Cutright, M. (Ed.). (2002). Strengthening First-Year Student Learning at Doctoral/Research-Extensive Universities: Examples of Current Practice. Brevard, NC: Policy Center on the First Year of College.
  • Cutright, M. (Ed.). (2003). Annotated Bibliography on Assessment of the First College Year. Brevard, NC: Policy Center on the First Year of College.
  • Felten, P, Gardner J, Schroder, C, Lambert L, & Barefoot, B. (2016) The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most. San Francisco. Jossey-Bass
  • Greenfield, G., Keup, J., & Gardner, J. (2013). Developing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs: A Guide for Practitioners. San Francisco. Jossey-Bass
  • Hunter, S., Tobolowsky, B., & Gardner J. (2010) Helping Sophomores Succeed: Understanding and Improving the Second-Year Experience. San Francisco. Jossey-Bass.
  • Paulson, K. (2003). A Data Audit and Analysis Toolkit to Support Assessment of the First College Year. Brevard, NC: Policy Center on the First Year of College/National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
  • Siegel, M. J. (2003). Primer on Assessment of the First College Year. Brevard, NC: Policy Center on the First Year of College
  • Swing, R., (2001 & 2003). Proving and Improving: Strategies for Assessing the First College Year, Vols. 1 and 2. Columbia, SC: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.