Constrained by shrinking budgets, can colleges do more to improve the quality of education? And can students get more out of college without paying higher tuition? Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs conclude that the limited resources of colleges and students need not diminish the undergraduate experience. How College Works reveals the surprisingly decisive role that personal relationships play in determining a student’s collegiate success, and puts forward a set of small, inexpensive interventions that yield substantial improvements in educational outcomes.

“This is a wonderful book—both rigorous and a pleasure to read. A core insight shines through—the reminder that even with the proliferation of technology, human interactions remain central to most students’ college experience.”
—Richard Light, Harvard University

“The book shares the narrative of the student experience, what happens to students as they move through their educations, all the way from arrival to graduation.”
—John Warner, Inside Higher Ed

The Center for Teaching Excellence invites you to join us this spring as we read How College Works by Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs. If you decide to join us, we will purchase your book and deliver it to your campus mailbox a before our first meeting. To ensure that we have enough time to secure your book and deliver it, we ask that you join by Monday, January 15th.

We will meet to discuss the book in Herring 129, from 11:00AM-12:00PM, on the following four Wednesdays:

  • Wednesday, January 24th
  • Wednesday, February 7th
  • Wednesday, February 21st
  • Wednesday, March 7th

All faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome. Please join by filling out the form below.