Praise for Student Success in Higher Education: Developing the Whole Person through High-Impact Practices:
The authors, Elaine and Henry Brzycki, of Student Success in Higher Education have constructed a model that provides strategies for academic advisors, career and personal counselors, faculty, and student engagement specialists—all of whom assume some role in fostering student success in college students—to be successful in that role themselves. The model is based upon using each student’s own internal self-knowledge, understanding, goals, values, and resources in determining his/her own criteria for success.
Elaine and Henry Brzycki have explored and presented relevant research that supports the standards of various professional associations that advocate for student success, and they offer a collaborative model that enables student success professionals to focus their work on what our college students identify as their own successes. Depending on one’s perspective, the three high-impact practices used in the model can both minimize and maximize the emphasis on the primary single criterion of degree completion, which has become the de facto definition of student success.
Students who are aware of and supported in their personal selves will be able to define what success means for them and to confront external conditions more readily in order to strive to meet their own criteria. In doing so, they will more likely to meet the completion criterion as well. It really is a win-win situation.
Thomas J. Grites, PhD
Past National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) president and higher education thought leader
Dr. Brzycki’s novel concept of the iSelf uses 21st-century terminology for terms earlier introduced to convey less comprehensive concepts such as soul, reality-oriented ego, and mind. However, his iSelf emerges from the interaction of current scientific information about the direct influence by emotions, both positive and negative, upon cognitive functioning. These emotions, in turn, are based upon personal relevancy and meaningfulness and are the controlling switch by which effective learning takes place or not. A positive emotional approach facilitates a sense of well-being that, in turn, enhances a willingness to learn. The outcome, in turn, promotes a greater sense of wellbeing and less reason for persons to engage in self-destructive behaviors.
Frederick M. Brown, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, Human Performance Rhythms Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University—University Park
Department of Psychology—Cognitive and Wellness
Psychology of well-being researcher and author of Positive Psychology and Well Being:
Applications for Enhanced Living (with Dr. Cynthia LaJambe), 2016
Student Success in Higher Education tackles some of the most salient issues of our time. Most notably, the text attempts to answer the following question throughout: How can we successfully balance students’ well-being with holistic learning and the rigor associated with postsecondary education? Referencing national and international higher education organizations, along with previous research on student success, the text will certainly stimulate new ways of approaching high-impact practices. Student Success in Higher Education is a necessary text for anyone that works directly with college students, but essential for support services within academic and student affairs.
Matthew Shupp, EdD
Assistant Professor and Coordinator, College Counseling /
College Student Personnel Specializations
Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel
College students’ well-being is central to their ability to accomplish their personal and academic goals, and yet can be easily neglected with the increasingly fast paced, demanding, and social media driven lives that they experience. Student Success in Higher Education draws on research and best practice examples to demonstrate how to promote well-being across key academic and student affairs areas. The book describes an appealing student centered model that stems from a positive psychology perspective, and focuses on effective practices for fostering student success.
Larry Marks, PhD
University of Central Florida, Counseling and Psychological Services
Co-editor of Positive Psychology on the College Campus (2015)
The national conversation on higher education has moved from a focus primarily on access (everyone can get in somewhere) to one of completion (earning a credential). This shift is welcome, but insufficient. Student affairs is uniquely poised to promote not only student completion, but also student success. In this context that means growth, development, maturation, and learning. This book will help student affairs educators ensure that students are getting the experiences they need to graduate from college and thrive in life.
Case Willoughby, EdD
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Butler County Community College
From a past Champions adolescent client: “You see five years ago it was brought to my attention that I was somewhat lost in this crazy thing we call life. I had no clear goals and even worse, I didn’t really have any idea what my achievements were. Without knowing my goals or achievements I had no idea where I was going or where I had been. It caused me to have a serious lack of identity. And worst of all, because I had no idea where I was going or how to get there, I felt like I was standing on the side of the road watching everyone else pass me by. Luckily around the same time I met a man named Henry Brzycki who showed me that if you think life just happens to you, it actually ends up passing you by. You truly have to go out and attack it and make it your own.”
From a past College Counseling parent client: “My family has been blessed by the Brzycki’s commitment to my children’s future, they are soaring toward their futures!”
From a past Champions Program adolescent client: “Henry is the blue bird of happiness! I would not be the person that I am today without him and his work, thank you Henry for saving my life, I love you.”
From a past Champions Program Parent client: “It is ridiculous how little you charge for how much we (parents, children, and our family) get. I cry just thinking about how proud I am of my son and how your work contributed to his success and happiness.”
From a past College Counseling adolescent client: “Henry and Elaine are very energetic and insightful. I liked how they were always accessible and willing to help. They are very positive people!”
From a past College Counseling adolescent client: “The Brzycki’s are very kind, smart, and professional. They really showed that they cared about me and what I was doing during the college application process (which was hard!). They were great especially at helping me focus on career goals and what I wanted out of college.”
From a past College Counseling parent client: “The Brzycki’s are smart and very professional consultants. They helped take a lot of the “pain” out of the college admissions process for me, my wife and my kids. They gave us a lot of great advice!”
From a past College Counseling parent client: “Henry and Elaine are very knowledgeable, caring and insightful professionals. They gave us so much confidence and great advice through a very challenging and time-consuming process. BG played an important role in not only helping my kids get into good colleges, but to earn scholarships as well.”
From a past Vision Course client: “I cannot recommend Henry’s work enough. Henry is a visionary and a natural born teacher and counselor. His standards of excellence far exceed what most of us can conceive. His commitment, compassion and love for humankind are inspirational. The results produced always exceeded my expectations. With his commitment, creativity, resourcefulness and dedication he has taught me to transform the quality of my life through shifting my old paradigm of thinking to one of possibility on both a personal and professional level. There is no other place in this universe that provides you with an opportunity to reinvent yourself on an on-going basis.”
From a past Champions Parent: “I have used the Champions principles to change my entire family culture for the better!”