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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.

Featured Titles 

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Academic Recovery: Supporting Students on Academic Probation

This book serves as a resource for practitioners and institutional leaders. The volume presents a variety of interventions and institutional strategies for supporting the developmental and emotional needs of students on probation in the first year and beyond.

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Sustaining Support for Sophomore Students: Results from the 2019 National Survey of Sophomore-Year Initiatives

This report offers implications for research and practice by highlighting the ways in which institutional efforts and initiatives can be better designed for responsiveness based on differences in campus context, student backgrounds, and student needs.

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Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success

"At a time when little feels stable and certain, thriving in transition takes on new meaning. Whether from high school to higher education, college to career, or across career paths, Schreiner, Louis, and Nelson provide educators with a road map so that they may be able to be 'good company' for students on their journey." — Tricia Seifert, Associate Professor, Adult & Higher Education, Montana State University

Supporting Success for LGBTQ+ Students

Supporting Success for LGBTQ+ Students: Tools for Inclusive Campus Practice

“This book is mandatory reading for any college practitioner who wishes to advance the conversation around supporting LGBTQ+ youth. Kilgo offers a thorough review and gives insightful tools and perspective to create inclusive learning environments.” — Shane Mendez Windmeyer, Executive Director, Campus Pride




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