The predominant narrative of U.S. undergraduates foregrounds residential living, however, the majority of college and university students commute to their campuses. Despite their large numbers — estimated at 85% of American college students — commuter students have often been ignored in the library literature. This book brings together research by librarians and academics at community and baccalaureate colleges and universities from locations across the U.S., commuter institutions and those with both commuter and residential populations.
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Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 Situating Commuter Undergraduates
Maura A. Smale and Mariana Regalado
Chapter 2 Commuter Campus in Transition: Meeting the Changing Needs of Students through Mixed-Methods Assessment
M. Sara Lowe, Willie Miller, and Paul Moffett
Chapter 3 Making Space in the Library for Student-Parents
Donna M. Lanclos and Rachael Winterling
Chapter 4 Beyond the Bubble: Undergraduate Commutes and the Library at a Flagship Public University
Chapter 5 A Decade of Research at Urban Commuter Colleges
Jean Amaral, Mariana Regalado, and Maura A. Smale
Chapter 6 “I Study in My Car:” Exploring the Study Habits of California Community College Commuter Students
Brian Greene and Elizabeth Horan
Chapter 7 Making the Library Work for Community College Commuters: The Case of Montgomery College
Tanner Wray and Nancy Fried Foster
Chapter 8 Library Instruction and Academic Success: The Impact of Student Engagement
Chapter 9 Lessons Learned from Our Commuter Students
Mariana Regalado and Maura A. Smale
- Fills a gap in the literature on student use and access to digital technology in the twenty-first century
- Offers insights from original research to inform strategies for academic and student support
- Presents strategies for curriculum design and implementation which should be of use to faculty, staff, and administrators at colleges and universities
This book explores college students’ lived experiences of using digital technologies for their academic work. Access to and use of digital technologies is an integral aspect of higher education in the twenty-first century. However, despite the tech-savvy image of them propagated by the media, not all college students own and use technology to the same extent. To ensure that students have the best opportunities for success, all in higher education must consider ways to increase affordances and reduce barriers in student technology use. This book explicitly examines urban commuter students’ use of digital technologies for academic work, on and off campus.