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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition


Since its founding in 1986, the National Resource Center has published resources exploring the learning, success, and development of college students in transition, including a peer-reviewed empirical journal, newsletters, scholarly practice books, research monographs, and guides.

Our Commitment to Scholarly Publishing

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition publishes scholarly practice books, research reports, electronic newsletters, and a peer-reviewed research journal touching on a wide range of topics related to student learning, development, and success. We are committed to producing high-quality publications for scholars and practitioners interested in the first-year experience and students in transition. To that end, all manuscripts are subjected to editorial and peer review prior to acceptance for publication.

The core commitments that guide the larger work of the National Resource Center inform our approach as a small academic press. In particular, three of these values are central to our publishing efforts:

  • A commitment to draw connections between research and practice. We believe that good practice in higher education must rely on a foundation of high-quality research. Conversely, good research draws from and informs practice. As such, the work of the National Resource Center advances and supports both scholarly practice and applied research.
  • Efforts to build an inclusive network of education professionals. We strive to create a supportive and professional environment where a diversity of viewpoints are recognized and considered in the ongoing dialogue on student transitions.
  • Opportunities for lifelong learning. We support a climate of intellectual curiosity. We desire to provide the tools and media to pursue professional development and an ongoing process of inquiry, exploration, creativity, and discovery.

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