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Second Year Experience

Office of Undergraduate Education

This section contains resources and information for faculty and staff to assist in their understanding of the second year experience.

Second Year Experience Advisory Committee shares best practices, identifies university-wide concerns, and creates targeted initiatives. Contact LeeAnn Melin for more information.

Reports on Second Year Experience

Second Year Experience Working Group, Final Report, August 2012

The Sophomore Year Experience Final Report by a President’s Emerging Leadership team

Second Year Report, Analysis by the Office of Institutional Research

Tip Sheets for Staff & Faculty

Overview of the Second Year Experience Initiative, April 2014

Suggested Readings on the Second Year Experience

Hunter, M.S., Tobolowsky, B.F., Gardner, J. N., Evenbeck, S.E., Pattengale, J. A., Schaller, M. A., and Schreiner, L. (Eds.). (2010). Helping sophomores success: Understanding and improving the second year experience. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Keup, J.R., Gahagan, J., & Goodwin, R. (2010). 2008 National Survey of Sophomore-Year Initiatives: Curricular and cocurricular structures supporting the success of second-year college students National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

Schaller, M. A. (2005). Wandering and wondering: Traversing the uneven terrain of the second college year. About Campus, 10(3), 17–24. doi:10.1002/abc.131

Schreiner, L. A., Louis, M. C., & Nelson, D. D. (2012). Thriving in transitions: a research-based approach to college student success. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Tobolowsky, B.F. & Cox, B. E. (2007). Shedding Light on Sophomores: An Exploration of the Second College Year. National Resource Center on First Year Experience & Students in Transition.

Online Resources on the Second Year Experience

Advising Second-Year Students Interest Group (NACADA)

Sophomore-Year Resources, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition


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