: Spring 2019 Book Club -- The College Fear Factor

Course Description:

Featured Book from the 2018 FIX (Faculty Idea Exchange)

The College Fear Factor by Rebecca Cox.


This book club will feature stand alone sessions.  Each session will cover the book in whole and group participants will discuss its relevancy and applicability to their teaching. 


Book Description:

They’re not the students strolling across the bucolic liberal arts campuses where their grandfathers played football. They are first-generation college students―children of immigrants and blue-collar workers―who know that their hopes for success hinge on a degree.

But college is expensive, unfamiliar, and intimidating. Inexperienced students expect tough classes and demanding, remote faculty. They may not know what an assignment means, what a score indicates, or that a single grade is not a definitive measure of ability. And they certainly don’t feel entitled to be there. They do not presume success, and if they have a problem, they don’t expect to receive help or even a second chance.

Rebecca D. Cox draws on five years of interviews and observations at community colleges. She shows how students and their instructors misunderstand and ultimately fail one another, despite good intentions. Most memorably, she describes how easily students can feel defeated―by their real-world responsibilities and by the demands of college―and come to conclude that they just don’t belong there after all.

Eye-opening even for experienced faculty and administrators, The College Fear Factor reveals how the traditional college culture can actually pose obstacles to students’ success, and suggests strategies for effectively explaining academic expectations.


Copies of this book were handed out during the FIX conference (June 2018). We have a limited number of books still remaining.  If you would like to participate in the book club but do not have a copy of the book please contact Liz Hammond after registering for the session you would like to attend.




Course Duration:

2 hours

Start Date/TimeEnd Date/TimeLocationInstructorCapacityRegistrationsRosterRegister
2/1/2019 1:00 PM2/1/2019 3:00 PMWD 352Liz Hammond00  
3/1/2019 1:00 PM3/1/2019 3:00 PMWD 353Liz Hammond259  
4/3/2019 1:00 PM4/3/2019 3:00 PMCT 108Liz Hammond256  

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