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RIA # 127: Dr. Jennifer Keup on Researching the First-Year Experience

Dr. Jennifer Keup

On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Jennifer Keup, the Director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition where she provides leadership for all operational, strategic, and scholarly activities of the Center in pursuit of its mission “to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education.” Jennifer also serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Jennifer’s research interests focus on two complementary areas of scholarship: 1) the first-year experience and students in transition and 2) high-impact practices and institutional interventions. Under the umbrella of this agenda, she has engaged in scholarly work, teaching, and service on many topics such as college student characteristics; the impact of college on students; student access, development, learning, and success; curriculum and student services; peer leadership; community college and transfer issues; student performance, adjustment, and attainment; peer leadership; and institutional effectiveness and assessment. Her professional experience has yielded several conference presentations, keynote addresses, scholarly publications, terms on numerous journal editorial boards, and leadership and service positions for national and international higher education organizations. Jennifer is a proud graduate of UCLA where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change.

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Directing a Resource Center [00:00-16:50]

In this first segment, Jennifer shares about her experiences directed a national resource center.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Research on First-year Seminars Online [16:51-34:20]

In segment two, Jennifer shares about the current research on online first-year seminars and experiences.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-03:56]: Research Outputs from Jennifer’s Resource Center

In this bonus clip, the following resources are mentioned:

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-03:17]: When Your Personal and Professional Interests Collide

HIP Bonus Clip # 1 [00:00-16:51]: Sharing Our Experiences Editing a Collection

In this special bonus clip for our “back to school” mini-series celebrating the launch on our new edited collection High-Impact Practices in Online Education, Katie talks with Chrysanthemum Mattison Hayes about her experience editing a collection for the first time.

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