Building Bridges for Student Success: A Sourcebook for Colleges and Universities


Sourcebook Bridge Blueprint The purpose of the Sourcebook is to enhance the bridges institutions can build between activities, functions and programs that optimize student success. The chapters cover a broad range of topics in academic and cocurricular learning and experience while maintaining a core focus on academic and student affairs.

The Sourcebook provides an outlet for the ever expanding body of knowledge within the higher education community of practice working to improve student success at our institutions. Our hope is that the Sourcebook will be a starting place for comprehensive discussion of current issues and practices on college and university campuses.

Dynamic Content

We created this dynamic publication to grow over time in order to reflect the changing climate in higher education. To date, the book includes five parts, divided into 31 chapters and written by 70 higher education professionals. The Sourcebook may be purchased in individual chapters or parts, or you may select the full book. See Table of Contents and a Sourcebook Overview.

Get Involved!

This book is a cooperative effort made possible by the contributions of your colleagues. Just as they have shared with you, we hope you will consider sharing with them.

Call for Manuscripts

We are expanding the scope of the current contents of the Sourcebook to include new initiatives and expand the discussion of current topics. We invite you to submit a manuscript. CSRDE accepts manuscripts throughout the year. Details are available in the Call for Manuscripts box on this page. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed as they are received.


CSRDE designed the Sourcebook to provide higher education practitioners and researchers with resources for influencing student success. It was first published in 2013 by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange and edited by Gerry McLaughlin, Richard Howard, Josetta McLaughlin and William E. Knight. The current editor is Julie Noble. Mardy Eimers and Brad Patterson are associate editors.

The Latest

The most recent addition is: Students on Academic Probation: A Successful Intervention Guided by Pedagogical and Curricular Content Theories. The chapter is in Part 2: Supporting Student Retention and Graduation for Unique Groups and Needs. It was written by Rory Schmitt and Gina Beyer of Arizona State University.

A new edition of the Sourcebook will be published in April 2021.

Read more about the changes in our Blog.

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