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Video: Interview With Dan Chambliss, an Author of ‘How College Works’

Relationships with friends and professors make or break a student’s college experience. That deceptively simple observation has big implications for making higher education better. In How College Works, Daniel F. Chambliss, a professor of sociology at Hamilton College, and Christopher G. Takacs, a former student at Hamilton and now a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, use evidence from a longitudinal study of Hamilton students to explore how the college experience unfolds, and what s…

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Discussing ‘How College Works,’ Chapters 7 and 8

Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs, the authors of our current book, How College Works, have agreed to guide our discussion.

The discussion will take place on Twitter (#ChronBooks, @DanFChambliss, @ChrisGTakacs). Our other featured participants are listed at the right.

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From Dan Chambliss:

Colleges are human institutions, with all the messiness and adaptability that living creatures bring with them. The best colleges realize this and operate accordingly.

But lots of reformers would…

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Discussing ‘How College Works,’ Chapter 6

Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs, the authors of our current book, How College Works, have agreed to guide our discussion.

The discussion will take place on Twitter (#ChronBooks, @DanFChambliss, @ChrisGTakacs). Our other featured participants are listed at the right.

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From Dan Chambliss:

“Aha!” says our reader. “At last the academic stuff!”

The deepest learning occurs not from simply piling up isolated technical skills but in the immersion and acculturation of students in a commu…

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How Can Colleges Shape Campus Values and Social Life?

Our current book, How College Works, inspired Rebecca Chopp, chancellor of the University of Denver, to write the following post. The book club’s discussion takes place on Twitter (#ChronBooks).

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I very much agree with much of what Mr. Chambliss and Mr. Takacs write about student success in How College Works. But let’s be clear about what it means to succeed, because success must mean more than just graduating.

I prefer the term “thrive” because I feel “success” is too easily interpre…

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Discussing ‘How College Works,’ Chapter 5

Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs, the authors of our current book, How College Works, have agreed to guide our discussion. If you don’t have the book, it’s not too late. Try your campus library.

The discussion will take place on Twitter (#ChronBooks, @DanFChambliss, @ChrisGTakacs). Our other featured participants are listed at the right.

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From Dan Chambliss:

Effective colleges are multigoal membership institutions, not producers of a single consumer commodity. They aim to integra…

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Discussing ‘How College Works,’ Chapter 4

Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs, the authors of our current book, How College Works, have agreed to guide our discussion. If you don’t have the book, it’s not too late. Try your campus library.

The discussion will take place on Twitter (#ChronBooks, @DanFChambliss, @ChrisGTakacs). Our other featured participants are listed to the right.

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From Dan Chambliss:

A small class is—by definition—one that most students aren’t in. Think about it.

This idea, loaded with implications, is th…

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Discussing ‘How College Works,’ Chapter 3

Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs are the authors of our current book, How College Works. They have kindly agreed to guide our discussion. If you don’t have the book, it’s not too late. Try your campus library.

The discussion will take place on Twitter (#ChronBooks, @DanFChambliss, @ChrisGTakacs). Our other featured participants are listed to the right.

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From Dan Chambliss:

Chapter 2, “Entering,” sounded themes that are familiar to most college employees. But in Chapter 3, “…

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Discussing ‘How College Works’, Chapters 1 & 2

Daniel Chambliss and Chris Takacs are the authors of our current book, How College WorksThey have kindly agreed to guide our discussion. If you don’t have the book, it’s not too late! Try your campus library.

The discussion will take place on Twitter (#ChronBooks, @DanFChambliss, @ChrisGTakacs). Our other featured participants are listed to the right.

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From Dan Chambliss:

In this book Chris and I have tried to be, in a word, realistic. We wanted to avoid utopian visions of what college shoul…

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Read About How You Can Make College Better

Most conversations about college reform feature broad ideas. But what can people and institutions do, realistically, to make college a better experience? How does college actually work?

Welcome to another edition of The Chronicle Book Club. This round, we’re reading How College Works, a book about small changes professors, administrators, and institutions can make to dramatically improve the student experience. The authors, Daniel Chambliss (@DanFChambliss) and Chris Takacs (@ChrisGTakacs), who …

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Video Chat: Recapping ‘The Student Loan Mess’

For nearly two months The Chronicle Book Club has been discussing The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem. Today we’re wrapping up the discussion with a video chat.

The chat features Joel and Eric Best, the book’s authors; Justin Brown, an associate director of the University of Missouri at Columbia’s office of student financial aid (and one of the book club’s most active participants); and Beckie Supiano, a Chronicle reporter who covers financial aid and st…