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Student Affairs

Experiencing Higher Education

These research studies extend current understandings of what it is to be a student in higher education by embracing the dynamic relationship between students as agents and institutions as living structures which impact on their lives. Focusing on the diverse experiences of today’s non-traditional and traditional students, researchers explore how and why institutional rhetoric of inclusion, engagement, gender, and access may or may not be reflected in the reality of students’ experiences. Student Affairs moves from theory to application by suggesting realistic strategies for addressing the challenges surrounding the interrelation of students and institutions.

288 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword / Neil Guppy


Introduction: Today’s Post-Secondary Students -- Adding Faces to Numbers / Lesley Andres

1 Equity in Access and Outcomes: Succeeding along the Science Pipeline / Maria Adamuti-Trache

2 It’s No Five O’Clock World: The Lived Experience of Re/entering Mothers in Nursing Education / Sharon Liversidge

3 A Tunnel of Hope: The Experiences of Student Mothers Attending a Community-College-Based Developmental Studies Program / Donna McGee Thompson

4 Visitors in the Classroom: The Academic Experiences of Students Who Are Hard of Hearing / Ruth Warick

5 Disciplinary Affiliation and the Experience of Community among Undergraduate Students / Colleen Hawkey

6 Co-op Education: Access to Benefits or Benefits to Access? / Garnet Grosjean

7 The Four Rs Revisited: Some Reflections on First Nations and Higher Education / Michael Marker

8 Welcome to Canada? The Experiences of International Graduate Students at University / Regina Lyakhovetska

9 The Transition from High School to Post-High-School Life: Views of the Class of ’88 / Gabriel Pillay

Conclusion: From Research to Action / Finola Finlay



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