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on March 6, 2014
A colleague purchased a few copies of How College Works for administrators in academic affairs to read and share around. In the past several years, I've read a number of books that delve into how colleges and universities function, what students really get out of their college experience, and so on. How College Works, because of its mix of longitudinal data, interview extracts, well-reasoned analysis, and engaging writing style is one of the best. In presenting their findings and conclusions, co-authors Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs take on the sacred cows of assessment, emphasis on programs, and strategic planning, and really bring the college experience home: it's all about the people and personal contact. A must-read for college faculty and administrators, and a potentially eye-opening book for parents of future college students.