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3rd Edition

Student Engagement in Higher Education
Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations

ISBN 9780367002244
Published December 9, 2019 by Routledge
436 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In the updated edition of this important volume, the editors and chapter contributors explore how diverse populations of students experience college differently and encounter group-specific barriers to success. Informed by relevant theories, each chapter focuses on engaging a different student population, including low-income students, Students of Color, international students, students with disabilities, religious minority students, student-athletes, part-time students, adult learners, military-connected students, graduate students, and others. New in this third edition is the inclusion of chapters on Indigenous students, student activists, transracial Asian American adoptee students, justice-involved students, student-parents, first-generation students, and undocumented students.

The forward-thinking, practical, anti-deficit-oriented strategies offered throughout the book are based on research and the collected professional wisdom of experienced educators and scholars at a range of postsecondary institutions. Current and future faculty members, higher education administrators, and student affairs educators will undoubtedly find this book complete with fresh ideas to reverse troubling engagement trends among various college student populations.

Table of Contents


Lori D. Patton

Chapter 1: The Heart of Our Work: Equitable Engagement for Students in U.S. Higher Education

Sumun L. Pendakur, Stephen John Quaye, and Shaun R. Harper

Chapter 2: Engaging Students of Color

Samuel D. Museus, Kimberly A. Griffin, and Stephen John Quaye

Chapter 3: Engaging Multiracial Students

C. Casey Ozaki, Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero, and Kristen A. Renn

Chapter 4: Engaging Transracial Asian American Adoptee Students

Aeriel A. Ashlee

Chapter 5: Engaging Indigenous Students

Erin Kahunawaikaʻala Wright and Heather J. Shotton

Chapter 6: Engaging White Students

Nolan L. Cabrera, Chris Corces-Zimmerman, and Jamie Utt

Chapter 7: Engaging International Students

Jenny J. Lee and Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez

Chapter 8: Engaging Undocumented Students

Susana M. Muñoz

Chapter 9: Engaging Student Activists

Charles H.F. Davis III, Sy Stokes, and Demetri L. Morgan

Chapter 10: Engaging Queer Students

Shaun R. Harper and Kaylan S. Baxter

Chapter 11: Engaging Transgender Students

D. Chase J. Catalano, Z Nicolazzo, and T.J. Jourian

Chapter 12: Engaging Cisgender Women and Men Students

Christopher M. Fiorello and Jaime Lester

Chapter 13: Engaging Religious Minority Students

Shafiqa Ahmadi, Darnell G. Cole, and Bo Lee

Chapter 14: Engaging Students with Disabilities

Kirsten R. Brown and Ellen M. Broido

Chapter 15: Engaging Student-Athletes

Joy Gaston Gayles and Rebecca E. Crandall

Chapter 16: Engaging Justice-Involved Students

Royel M. Johnson and Joshua Abreu

Chapter 17: Engaging First-Generation Students

Georgia Kouzoukas

Chapter 18: Engaging Poor and Working-Class Students

Sonja Ardoin

Chapter 19: Engaging Commuter, Part-Time, and Returning Adult Students

Barbara Jacoby

Chapter 20: Engaging Military-Connected Students

Stephanie Bondi, Denise N. Williams-Klotz, Ann M. Gansemer-Topf, and Corey B. Rumann

Chapter 21: Engaging Graduate and Professional Students

Susan K. Gardner and Marco Barker

Chapter 22: Engaging Student-Parents

Margaret W. Sallee


Vijay Pendakur

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Stephen John Quaye is Past President of ACPA: College Student Educators International, and Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University, USA.

Shaun R. Harper is President-Elect of the American Educational Research Association, Executive Director of the USC Race and Equity Center, and a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California, USA.

Sumun L. Pendakur is the Chief Learning Officer and Director of the USC Equity Institutes at the USC Race and Equity Center at University of Southern California, USA.


"The third edition reinforces the relevancy and continues the brilliance of previous editions by highlighting the urgency for the transformation of educators and institutional structures to be more knowledgeable and expansive, not just inclusive and diverse. With a focus on theory and practice, this book is a required read for those who seek to educate students in our current environment."
Tia Brown McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, American Association of Colleges and Universities

"Quaye, Harper, and Pendakur have reassembled a book that continues to provide fresh insights by offering a more nuanced understanding of student engagement and persistence, which takes seriously the promise of higher education to close opportunity gaps. The chapters provide deliberate and culturally responsive strategies that address the challenges that we actually have in colleges and universities rather than the ones that we would like to have. This edition is an especially timely and sobering counterweight to the increasingly pervasive nonsense that ignores the educational realities associated with diversity."
Mitchell J. Chang, Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change, UCLA

"As our work increasingly focuses on student engagement and belonging, this timely third volume demonstrates the unexamined ways our campuses were not designed for today’s students.  By exploring a nuanced and broad array of relevant student identities, often marginalized, it tells us precisely how to make all of our students the center of our attention."
Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life, Wake Forest University

"This edited volume is undeniably the most important contribution to moving the student engagement literature to a critical space that broadens how readers think…it continues to push the envelope of its predecessors by presenting the complexities and experiences of students whose lives are rarely the center of attention in the larger body of work on student engagement…it is precisely the resource that researchers, institutional leaders, and policymakers need in order to truly meet the needs of all students who aspire to attain a college degree."
From the foreword by Lori Patton Davis, Department Chair in Educational Studies, The Ohio State University

"This third edition of Student Engagement in Higher Education is a vital blueprint for faculty, administrators, and student affairs educators to more successfully center marginalized, vulnerable, and underserved communities in their work and approach engaging these communities with an equity frame."
--From the afterword by Vijay Pendakur, Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, Cornell University