Recommendation Letters – Tips for Students and Faculty

February 26, 2014

Students’ requests for letters of recommendation peak in spring semester.  Whether you’re a prof who’s written hundreds or a student requesting your first letter, here’s help for you:

In The Art of the College Recommendation Letter, Andrew Simmons encourages instructors to move past formulaic expressions and summaries of academic performance to produce letters that capture the students’ “real vibrant selves.”

Purdue’s OWL delivers extensive advice for faculty and counselors on accepting or refusing a request for a letter, formatting letters, avoiding clichés, and more.

‘Tis the Season for Letters of Recommendation by Librarian Pam Posz presents a thorough guide for students who are requesting letters of recommendation from instructors, employers, or mentors.

Pam also offers these Sample Letters of Recommendation.  Thank you, Pam!

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Open Textbooks = Student Success

February 21, 2014

New college textbook prices have risen 82% from 2002 to 2012 (GAO, 2013).  Textbook costs reduce student success when students take fewer courses, earn a lower grade or fail a course, or drop a course because they can’t afford the book.

College faculty are stepping up to reduce textbook barriers with high-quality open textbook publishing initiatives, described in this slideshare presentation.  Follow progress at SUNY, Rice, and University of Minnesota.

Have you considered or adopted an open access textbook at SCC?


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