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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

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Unique Transitions at Two-Year Colleges

Author(s): Kirkner, T., & Levinson, J.

Editor(s): Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E.

Citation: Kirkner, T., & Levinson, J. (2017). Unique Transitions at Two-Year Colleges. In Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E., Academic Advising and the First College Year (pp. 63-84). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.



Advisors in two-year colleges must consider career path, post-associate degree plans, and the local employment pipeline when serving community college students. These students are also more likely to be first-generation in college, English-as-a-second-language learners, undocumented, and nontraditional students. They are also more likely to have mental health issues. With such a varied student population, advisors in two-year colleges must navigate this unique landscape openly to remain professionally fulfilled while also providing a positive experience for whatever student requires their assistance. This chapter addresses the unique aspects of the first-year experience for these students and offers strategies for advising in two-year colleges.


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