Building the Sourcebook

CSRDE created Building Bridges for Student Success: A Sourcebook for Colleges and Universities in 2013. There are so many complex issues involved in post-secondary education, we felt the need to enhance the bridges between its activities, functions and programs. We designed the publication to be dynamic and to incorporate the latest resources for student success.

Dynamic Content, Dynamic Structure

The Sourcebook continues to grow and adapt. Flexibility is key to providing an outlet for the expanding body of knowledge within the higher education community. We are opening the process to create a more responsive structure and include more voices.


Authors may now submit manuscripts throughout the year. The Call for Manuscripts includes links to the guidelines and documents needed for the submission process.


In the beginning, manuscripts were all first reviewed by the editors. To make the process more fluid, CSRDE is forming a panel of reviewers. Members will provide input for editors and authors to help identify and prepare manuscripts for publication. Each reviewer is asked to commit to a 3 year term on the panel. During this time, they will periodically be contacted to review manuscripts.

The Consortium is accepting applicants through 5/21/18. We will consider experience, willingness to provide input and area of expertise as factors for appointment.

Find more details and links to all relevant information in the Call for Reviewers PDF.

Continuing the Conversation

The idea for the Sourcebook was first conceived by Gerry McLaughlin, Richard Howard, Josetta McLaughlin and William E. Knight. The four helped the Consortium create the publication and served as editors for its first five years. To date, it includes five parts with 31 chapters written by 70 higher education professionals. See an outline of the material here or check the purchase site for more details.

Using the new framework, we will continue to enhance bridge-building and cooperation in higher education for many years to come. The current editor of the publication is Julie Noble. Jane Zeff and Anne Edmunds Aguirre are associate editors. As Director of the Consortium, Sandra Whalen continues to oversee the project.

Find out more, including purchasing information, on the Sourcebook page.