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National Association for College Admission Counseling- #NACACreads: An Online Bookclub

#NACACreads: An Online Book Club

Looking for a fun way to stay on top of trends and network with other college admission professionals?

Join #NACACreads, an online club that discusses books related to education and the college admission process.

Book club members are welcome to participate in any—or all—of the quarterly chats, held on Twitter. Titles will be announced at least six weeks in advance of each chat.


What: Discussion of Breakaway Learners: Strategies for Post-Secondary Success with At-Risk Students with author Karen Gross
When: Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: On Twitter, using the #NACACreads hashtag 
Etc.: Help shape the discussion. Submit questions ahead of time using the #NACACreads hashtag.

Building a freshman class has never been an easy proposition.

But attracting and retaining students today requires admission professionals and their university colleagues to possess a different set of skills than in the past.

“At the most basic level, the students of today and tomorrow are not the students of yesterday or yesteryear,” author Karen Gross writes in Breakaway Learners. “…Many of today’s students are the first in their families to attend college, let alone graduate; many are immigrants; many are low income. Many have experienced trauma or toxic stress.”

Gross, who spent eight years as president of Southern Vermont College, uses her book to explain the ways in which higher education must change to successfully recruit and retain our nation’s growing number of at-risk students. She also explores just what it means to be a “breakaway learner” and highlights the deficits (as well the unique assets) such students carry with them on their journey to and through college.

Packed with strategies to aid counselors in higher ed, as well as those working in K-12 schools and community-based organizations, Breakaway Learners calls on educators to rethink the ways they help prepare students for postsecondary success.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Planning to join our #NACACreads chat on Dec. 12? Teachers College Press, the publisher of Breakaway Learners, is offering a 20 percent discount on copies of the book purchased through its website. Use the coupon code "TCP2018" at checkout.

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