On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life

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The Third Edition of On Course includes more materials on career planning yet maintains its focus on life and study skills. In addition, Downing blends practical study tips with journal skills in a style that is down-to-earth and positive.

  • Icons denote Principals at Work sections, which show the importance of success strategies in choosing the right career, getting hired, and succeeding in the working world.
  • Revised Case Studies for Critical Thinking apply strategies to a real-life problem, focusing on topics such as procrastination and collaborative work
  • The On Course web site provides additional activities for students and links to relevant sites that help reinforce the lessons from the text.

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Skip Downing is Professor of English and Coordinator of the College Success Learning Communities at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). Dr. Downing has earned degrees from Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Santa Monica, and Carnegie Mellon University. He holds advanced degrees in both psychology and English. The American Community College Trustees organization has recognized Dr. Downing as its Northeast Region teacher of the year. He is a recipient of the NISOD Community College Leadership Award for teaching excellence, and he was named in USA Today as one of the fifty best community college teachers in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Downing designed the curriculum for the BCCC College Success Program. This program, utilizing learning communities, teaches students how to apply recognized strategies of success to achieve their full potential in college and in life. The College Success Program has resulted in greater student success and retention.

An international faculty development consultant, Dr. Downing is the founder and executive director of The Wisdom Institute which offers, among other courses and workshops, intensive four-day retreats for college educators focusing on proven strategies for empowering students to achieve greater success in college and in life Dr. Downing's teaching, writing, and consulting are all guided by his belief that the greatest mission of any educational institution is empowering its students to live rich, personally fulfilling lives.

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