Publication Date: October 23, 2020
How do you know which college is right for you? And what should you do during college to make the most of your time there? In Doing College Right, dean of undergraduate studies Joe O’Shea helps readers to both choose a college and make key decisions throughout their higher education journey. O’Shea harnesses the latest research on how students develop and showcases award-winning programs from across the United States that are making a difference in the lives of students. Doing College Right is filled with helpful case examples, practical rubrics, and guiding questions to help readers evaluate colleges based on key dimensions of student success, both before and during college. This guide is important reading for prospective students and their families, as well as college admissions staff and high school counselors.
Joe O’Shea is dean of undergraduate studies and assistant provost at Florida State University. He also serves as a higher education expert for the U.S. Department of Education and other national efforts.
“In our national obsession with getting into a particular college, Joe O’Shea’s book presents a new and welcome approach to the process, one based on a more important set of criteria. Instead of using rankings as a measure of educational quality, it focuses on curricular, environmental, and student support and engagement considerations, showing students how they can best take advantage of the opportunities at their chosen institutions. A terrific new resource that I highly recommend!”
—Robert S. Clagett, former dean of admissions at Middlebury College, former senior admissions officer at Harvard College, coordinator of the Gap Year Research Consortium at Colorado College
“Every generation of prospective college students faces the same overarching, potentially life-altering question: Which institution is best for me? This book is a reader-friendly treasure trove of research-based insights about what matters in a high-quality undergraduate experience and the information needed to determine a promising fit.”
—George D. Kuh, chancellor’s professor emeritus of higher education, Indiana University
“This book provides critical insights and guidance to enable students to successfully navigate the college experience. By defining confusing terminology, carefully explaining how institutions function, and peppering the text with anecdotal examples, Joe O’Shea has created a valuable resource for students and families. Doing College Right is a must-read for all individuals seeking to thrive in the college environment.”
—Stefanie D. Niles, vice president for enrollment and communications, Ohio Wesleyan University; immediate past president, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)