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Feb. 23, 2005

New Edition Of Pascarella's 'How College Affects Students' Published

Thirty years of research about how college influences students' learning is gathered and synthesized in the long-awaited second volume of University of Iowa education professor Ernest Pascarella's classic book "How College Affects Students."

The new, 848-page edition, subtitled "A Third Decade of Research, Vol. 2," was published this month by Jossey-Bass of San Francisco and is likely to become as popular and respected as the previous edition, which was published in 1991. The book is coauthored by Patrick T. Terenzini, a longtime collaborator of Pascarella's and a professor of higher education at Penn State.

In 2001, the foundation of Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association for educators based in Bloomington, Ind., named "How College Affects Students" one of the 100 most important and influential books about U.S. colleges and universities in the 20th century.

Although Pascarella, the UI's Mary Louise Petersen Professor of Higher Education, and Terenzini only expected to sell a couple thousand copies of their book, it went on to sell almost 18,000 copies and was in its fifth printing when the new edition was published.

The new volume is also winning praise.

Jacqueline E. King, director of the Center for Policy Analysis at the American Council on Education, calls it "the essential reference for anyone trying to answer the question 'What works?' In this new volume, the authors synthesize the most recent body of research that refines this question for the diverse range of students and institutions."

George D. Kuh, chancellor's professor and director of the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, said the book is an "encyclopedic masterpiece -- thorough, penetrating, insightful, and rich with implications.  It is THE essential resource for anyone with a serious interest in college student development."

The 1991 volume of "How College Affects Students" reviewed about 2,600 studies published from about 1967-1989. The new volume is a meta-evaluation of an additional 2,300 research studies published from 1989-2001 and detailing the effect of college on student cognitive growth, values and attitudes, psychosocial changes, career attainment, moral development and economic benefits.

The authors review their earlier findings and synthesize what has been learned since 1990 about college's influences on students' learning. The book also discusses the implications of the findings for research, practice and public policy. 

"This authoritative and comprehensive analysis of the literature on college-impact is required reading for anyone interested in higher education practice, policy, and promise -- faculty, administrators, researchers, policy analysts, and decision-makers at every level," according to the publishers.

Jossey-Bass published the first version of the book when Pascarella was a professor of higher education at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Pascarella and Terenzini had collaborated on research since they were in graduate school together at Syracuse University in the mid-1970s.

Pascarella has received numerous awards for his research from national professional and scholarly associations, including in 2003 the Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

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