Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition

Published by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition is a semiannual refereed journal disseminating empirical research findings on student transition issues that inform practice in all sectors of postsecondary education.   

Published July 5, 2017

Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition Names New Editor

Forrest Lane has been named the sixth editor of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. Lane will succeed Dr. Paul Gore, who has served as the Journal’s editor since July 2011. His term ends with the publication of Volume 29.2 in November 2017. Dr. Lane began managing new submissions to the Journal as of July 1, 2017.

Forrest Lane is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University. He holds an M.S. in higher education administration and a Ph.D. in educational research from the University of North Texas. His research focuses on the behavioral characteristics of college students as well as programs that help to support college student learning, particularly programs designed for transfer students and students who may come to college academically underprepared. This research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of College and Character, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development.  He is an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), National Association of Developmental Education (NADE), and American Educational Research Association (AERA). He was selected as a Greater Texas Foundation Fellow in 2017 and currently serves as President-elect of the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA).

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor Dr. Forrest Lane at NRCJour@mailbox.sc.edu

Published June 6, 2017

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, April 2017, Volume 29, No. 1, is available in print and online. To read a preview of each article, click on the links below

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr. at NRCJour@mailbox.sc.edu

Published December 5, 2016

We are currently accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for Editor. The editor will serve a three-year term, overseeing the publication of six issues of the Journal. Successful candidates will hold an earned doctorate in higher education administration, student affairs, or related field; have published in refereed, research journal(s); served as a reviewer for refereed journal(s); have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; and demonstrate an interest and expertise in issues related to or initiatives designed to support student transitions throughout the college years. Preference given to candidates who have faculty status at an institution of higher education, previous editorial experience, and familiarity with the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. An honorarium, limited travel funding, and administrative support is provided by the National Resource Center. To request a complete job description or for information on how to apply, please contact Dr. Tracy Skipper, Assistant Director for Publications, National Resource Center via e-mail at tlskippe@mailbox.sc.edu. Applications are being accepted through February 28, 2017.

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, November 2016, Volume 28, No. 2, is available in print and online.

To read a preview of each article, click on the links below:

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr. at NRCJour@mailbox.sc.edu

Published November 2, 2016

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, April 2016, Volume 28, No. 1, is available in print and online. To read a preview of each article, click on the links below:

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr. at NRCJour@mailbox.sc.edu 

Published August 12, 2016

The Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition is currently accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for members of the editorial review board. Editorial review board members serve a three-year term (January 2017 – December 2019); hold advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent preferred); have a minimum of five years experience in higher education; are affiliated with an accredited college or university; and have expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research design and analysis. Candidates with knowledge of advanced statistical methods are especially encouraged to apply.

Individuals who meet these qualifications are invited to submit a letter of intent and CV to Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr., Editor, at gorep@xavier.edu. The deadline for receipt of completed nomination packages is October 31, 2016.

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, April 2016, Volume 28, No. 1, is available in print and online (see below).

Published April 28, 2016

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, April 2016, Volume 28, No. 1, is now available in print and online.

To read a preview of each article, click on the links below

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor contact the editor Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr. 

Published December 4, 2015

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, November 2015, Volume 27, No. 2, is now available in print and online.

To read a preview of each article, click on the links below:

  1. 2013-2014 Paul P. Fidler Grant Recipient
    Distinguishing Differences in the Academic Motivation of Entering and Persisting Transfer Students by Forrest C. Lane, Georgianna L. Martin, and Ken Thompson
    Pages: 9-27
  2. The Use of Social Media for Navigating the Transitions Into and Through the First Year of College by Annemarie Vaccaro, Sue K. Adams, Tiffani S. Kisler, and Barbara M. Newman
    Pages: 29-48
  3. Exploring the Emotional Intelligence of Student Leaders in the SI Context by Cindy James and Elizabeth Templeman
    Pages: 67-81

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr. 

Published October 9, 2015

The Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition is currently accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for members of the editorial review board. Editorial review board members serve a three-year term (January 2016 – December 2018); hold advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent preferred); have a minimum of five years experience in higher education; are affiliated with an accredited college or university; and have expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research design and analysis. Candidates with knowledge of advanced statistical methods are especially encouraged to apply. Individuals who meet these qualifications are invited to submit a letter of intent and CV to Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr., Editor. The deadline for receipt of completed nomination packages is December 1, 2015.

Published May 1, 2015

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, April 2015, Volume 27, No. 1, is now available in print and online.

To read a preview of each article, click on the links below

  1. Do Community Colleges Promote Postsecondary and Labor Market Success for First-Generation Students by Frimpoaa Ampaw, Margaret Partlo, Tammy Hullender, and Nick Wagner
    Pages: 9-28
  2. A Passion for Service? Motivations for Volunteerism Among First-Year College Students by John T. Stroup, Kyle Dodson, Kaitlyn Elias, and Andrea Gewirtzman
    Pages: 69-88
  3. Competent Communication in the First College Year: An Exploratory Study by Sherwyn Morreale, Constance Staley, and Tajshen Campbell
    Pages: 89-104

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr. at NRCJour@mailbox.sc.edu

Published January 5, 2015

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, November 2014, Volume 26, No. 2, is now available in print and online. To read a preview of each article, click on the links below

  1. Holistic Wellness and Its Impact on First-Semester Grades by Sandy J. Cereola, Cathleen S. Snyder, Ronald J. Cereola, and Brett W. Horton
    Pages: 89-106 

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor, Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr. 

Published October 2, 2014

The Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition is currently accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for members of the editorial review board. Editorial review board members serve a three-year term (January 2015 – December 2017); hold advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent preferred); have a minimum of five years experience in higher education; are affiliated with an accredited college or university; and have expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research design and analysis. Candidates with knowledge of advanced statistical methods are especially encouraged to apply.  

Individuals who meet these qualifications are invited to submit a letter of intent and CV to Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr., Editor, at paul.gore@utah.edu. The deadline for receipt of completed nomination packages is December 1, 2014. 

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, April 2014, Volume 26, No. 1, is now available in print and online. To read a preview of each article, click on the links below: 

  1. Academic Engagement Among First-Year College Students: Pre-College Antecedents” by Stanislaw Grabowski and Valerie Sessa
    Pages: 37-62 
  2. Marginality & Mattering: Urban Latino Male Undergraduates in Higher Education” by Adrian H. Huerta and Seth M. Fishman
    Pages: 85-100 
  3. First-Year Students’ Use of Social Network Sites to Reduce the Uncertainty of Anticipatory Socialization” by Isolde K. Anderson, Alan Lerstrom, and Nathan Tintle
    Pages: 100-122 

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor, Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr

Published June 6, 2014 

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, April 2014, Volume 26, No. 1, is now available in print and onlineTo read a preview of each article, click on the links below:

  1. Stanislaw Grabowski and Valerie Sessa, Academic Engagement Among First-Year College Students: Pre-College Antecedents. Pages: 37-62 
  2. Adrian H. Huerta and Seth M. Fishman, Marginality & Mattering: Urban Latino Male Undergraduates in Higher Education. Pages: 85-100 

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr. at NRCJour@mailbox.sc.edu 

* Denotes AIR member

Published December 11, 2013 

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, December 2013, Volume 25, No. 2, is now available in print and online. This 25th anniversary volume concludes with a series of invited essays on the current status and future of the first-year experience and students in transition field. 

  1. Torres, V.*, and LePeau, L. A., Making the Connection: The Use of Student Development Theory in First-Year and Transition Programs. Pages: 13-25
  2. Reason, R. D., & Gansemer-Topf*, A. M., Reconsidering the Application of Research to Practice for Students in Transition. Pages: 27-38
  3. Kinzie, J.*, Advancing the Study of a Movement:  The Status of Methods and Measures in First-Year Experience and Transition Research. Pages: 39-52
  4. Moser, K. M.* (2011-2012 Paul P. Fidler Grant Recipient): Exploring the Impact of Transfer Capital on Community College Transfer Students. Pages: 53-75
  5. Luo, M. & James, W. E., Geographic Characteristics and First-Year Retention:  An Examination of the Linkages. Pages: 77-94
  6. Gefen, D. & Fish, M. C., Adjustment to College in Non-Residential First-Year Students: The Roles of Stress, Family, and Coping. Pages: 95-115 

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr.

* Denotes AIR member

Published May 6, 2013

The most recent issue of the Journal, Volume 25 Number1, is now available in print and online at MetaPress.com.  This issue features a content analysis of the first 24 years of research published in the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition

  1. Keup, J.R.* (2013). Twenty-five years of scholarship on students in transition: Celebrations and reflections. Pages 9-11.
  2. Campbell, R. P.; Saltonastall, M.; and Buford, B. (2013). The scholarship of a movement: A 24-year content analysis of the Journal of The First Year Experience & Students in Transition. Pages 13-34.
  3. Sarigani, P.A.; Trumbell, J.M.; and Camarena, P.M. (2013). Electronic communications technologies and the transition to college: Links to parent-child attachment and adjustment. Pages 35-60.
  4. Abar, C. C.; Abar, B.; Turrisi, R.; and Belden, C. (2013). Communication technology used among parents and their college teens: Implications for college health-promotion and risk prevention programs. Pages 61-76.
  5. Mattern. K.D.; Wyatt, J.N.; and Shaw, E.J.* (20123). College distance from home: Implications for student transfer behavior. Pages 77-92.
  6. Norvilitis, J. and Reid, H. W. (2013). Motivation to attend college in American and Chinese students: Correlates with ADHD symptomalogy and personality. Pages 93-111.
  7. Hadley, W. M. and Satterfield, J. W. (2013). Are university students with learning disabilities getting the help they need? Pages 113-124.

The Journal is currently accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for members of the editorial review board. Editorial review board members serve a three-year term (January 2014 – December 2017) and can anticipate reviewing approximately six manuscripts per year for the duration of their term. Members of the editorial review board hold advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent preferred), have a minimum of five years experience in higher education, are affiliated with an accredited college or university, and have expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research design and analysis. We are particularly interested in individuals who can evaluate manuscripts incorporating advanced statistical analyses.

Individuals who meet these qualifications are invited to submit the following information to the editor, Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr.

  • Letter of intent including a list of specific scholarly interests (e.g., bridge programs, transfer students, sophomores, senior capstone courses), interest in reviewing studies employing qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods, and experience with advanced statistical methodologies, if applicable.
  • Current curriculum vita.

The deadline for receipt of completed nomination packages is November 30, 2013.

For more information about the Journal, visit the journal website.

*Denotes AIR member 

Published December 10, 2012

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, December 2012, Volume 24, No. 2, is now available in print and online.

  1. 2010-2011 Paul P. Fidler Grant Recipient: The Transition Experiences of High-Achieving, Low-Income Undergraduates in an Elite College Environment, by McLoughin, II, P. J.
  2. Pages: 9-32
  3. An Examination of the Effects of Career Development Courses on Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy, Adjustment to College, Learning, Integration, and Academic Success, by Hansen*, M. J.; and Pedersen, J. S.
    Pages: 33-62
  4. The Impact of a Discipline-Based Learning Community on Transfer Students: A Multi-Dimensional Pilot Study, by Lord, V. B.; Coston, C. T. M.; Blowers, A. N.; Davis, B.; and Johannes, K. S.
    Pages: 63-84
  5. A Summer Bridge Program for Underprepared First-Year Students: Confidence, Community, and Re-Enrollment, by Suzuki, A.; Amrein-Beardsley, A.; and Perry, N. J.
    Pages: 85-106
  6. An Initial Examination of Facebook as a Source of Memorable Messages for First-Year College Students, by Russell, J.; Nazione, S.; and Smith, S.
    Pages: 107-122
     

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr

*Denotes AIR member

Published September 21, 2012

Call for Editorial Review Board Members

The Journal is currently accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for members of the editorial review board. Editorial review board members serve a three-year term (January 2013 – December 2016) and can anticipate reviewing approximately six (6) manuscripts per year for the duration of their term. Members of the editorial review board hold advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent preferred), have a minimum of five years’ experience in higher education, are affiliated with an accredited college or university, and have expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research design and analysis. We are particularly interested in individuals who can evaluate manuscripts incorporating advanced statistical analyses.

Individuals who meet these qualifications are invited to submit the following information to Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr., Editor:

  • Letter of intent including a list of specific scholarly interests (e.g., bridge programs, transfer students, sophomores, senior capstone courses), interest in reviewing studies employing qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods, and experience with advanced statistical methodologies, if applicable.
  • Current curriculum vita.

The deadline for receipt of completed nomination packages is November 30, 2012. For more information about the Journal, visit the Journal website or contact the editor, Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr.

Published May, 2012

The most recent issue of the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, May 2012, Volume 24, No. 1, is now available in print and online. Robert Kenedy of York University, Canada, served as the guest editor for this theme issue on peer education.

  1. Introduction to the Theme Issue on Peer Education, by Kenedy, R.; and Skipper, T. L.
    Pages: 9-17
  2. Illuminating the Process of Peer Mentoring: An Examination and Comparison of Peer Mentors’ and First-Year Students’ Experiences, by Holt, L. J.; and Berwise, C. A.
    Pages: 19-43
  3. Realized Benefits for First-Year Student Peer Educators, by Wawrzynski, M. R.; and Beverly, A. M.
    Pages: 45-60
  4. Understanding the Dynamics of Peer Mentor Learning: A Narrative Study, by Bunting, B.; Dye, B.; Pinnegar, S.; and Robinson, K.
    Pages: 61-78
  5. Transitions Through Pastoral Peer Mentoring: A Qualitative Analysis of the Challenges and Successes, by Kenedy, R.; Monty, V.; and Lambert-Drache, M.
    Pages: 79-100

For more information, visit the Journal website or contact the editor Dr. Paul A. Gore, Jr. at NRCJour@mailbox.sc.edu