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The Freshman Year Experience movement has created an excellent opportunity for academic library outreach. Its values, which include collaboration among various campus units charged with supporting student success and a focus on student mastery of key academic skills, correspond well with the objective of many college and university libraries: to become a more central part of the institution's educational mission. This chapter provides a discussion of academic library outreach to one of the movement's most significant components, the freshman course. The aim is to provide an overview of historic and contemporary trends in postsecondary freshman programming and corresponding library outreach efforts. A final section explores research findings related to student outcomes.


Association of College & Research Libraries

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Making the Grade: Academic Libraries and Student Success


ISBN 0-8389-8177-1


freshman year experience, first year course, academic library outreach, libraries and retention

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