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Success by Design

by Gabby McCutchen and Erin Riney

ISBN: 978-0-7380-8130-4
Net Price: $22.50

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Success by Design was written by NC community college ACA faculty for NC community colleges.  Designed for FYE, Developmental, and College Success Programs, this is a classroom-tested text that serves as an excellent alternative to generic college transfer or study skills books.

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| Features | Table of Contents | About the Authors |


  • Perfect bound 4-color printed text - 256 pages

Standard Features:

  • Three comprehensive units devoted to 1) goal discernment 2) learning strategies and 3) college culture
  • Five Learning Strategies chapters include case study questions, troubleshooting pointers, content and examples tailored to NC community college students
  • North Carolina-specific career and college planning tools, including step-by-step instructions and screenshots for utilizing CFNC.org self-assessment search, and college and career planning tools
  • North Carolina-specific transfer information, including explanation of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, the General Education Core, the Transfer Assured Admissions Policy, three options for students to transfer to universities, and explanations of NC community college credentials


New Features for the 4th Edition:

    • A focus on metacognition in each chapter using a plan-monitor-evaluate learning framework
    • Strategies to help transfer students select the right senior institution for them
    • Updates to North Carolina Community College programs of study, credentials offered (including the Associate in Engineering) and Baccalaureate Degree Plans
    • Details on the Uniform Articulation Agreements and how they protect the transfer of AE and AAS Nursing degrees
    • Information about financial planning, including setting financial goals, budgeting, understanding financial aid, and saving


Table of Contents

Introduction: Getting a Good Start
Unit 1:  Goal Discernment
Chapter 1. Self-Assessment
Chapter 2. Academic Goal Exploration
Chapter 3. Career Goal Exploration
Chapter 4. Goal Setting
Unit 2:  Learning Strategies
Chapter 5. Time Management
Chapter 6. Reading Strategies
Chapter 7. Note-Taking Strategies
Chapter 8. Study Strategies
Chapter 9. Test-Taking Strategies
Unit 3:  College Culture
Chapter 10. College Student Roles and Responsibilities
Chapter 11. The College Community
Conclusion:  Putting It All Together
About the Authors


About the Authors

Gabby McCutchen is Dean for the Student Engagement and Transitions department at Durham Technical Community College. She led the curriculum development for ACA 085, ACA 111, and ACA 122 at Durham Tech. She has taught over 120 sections of ACA 111 and ACA 122 since 2006, and has trained over 150 college faculty and staff to teach ACA. She was a 2013 Semifinalist for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars, an award granted by the National Resource Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Erin Riney has been teaching ACA at Durham Technical Community College since 2009. She has also taught Developmental English and Reading and advised transfer students. Erin serves as the Director of the Center for College and Community Service at the college, directing campus-wide community engagement efforts. Previously she taught at four-year and two-year colleges and worked for over a decade as a private tutor, including eight years spent tutoring thousands of SAT, ACT, and MCAT students for a leading test prep company.