Transition to Success: The Transition to University Program

Melinda S. Harper and Christine L. Allegretti

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The transition to university life challenges many first-year students who experience the normative issues of adjustment during this pivotal year. The Transition to University (T2U) program uses peer-led groups to provide support and information first-year students need in order to be academically and socially successful. This book is a manual for the T2U program that outlines weekly meetings for firrst-year students throughout their first year of university life. These meetings are co-led by advanced-level undergraduate students who facilitate discussion and offer support, advice, and strategies to be successful throughout the first year.

The book also includes a description of a supervision practicum for the student leaders with assignments and suggested readings. Finally, it includes suggestions for assessing the effectiveness of the program. This book is meant to be used in conjunction with the student leadership book, Transition to Success: Training Students to Lead Peer Groups in Higher Education (Harper & Allegretti, 2018).

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Melinda S. Harper

Melinda S. Harper, PhD, is professor of psychology at Queens University of Charlotte. She introduced and continues to co- direct the Transition to University (T2U) program. She and her co-author, Dr. Christine Allegretti, have published a number of articles and presented empirical research about the T2U program. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Harper also maintains an active clinical practice as a psychologist and partner of Charlotte Psychotherapy & Consultation Group.

Christine L. Allegretti

Christine L. Allegretti, PhD, is professor of psychology at Queens University of Charlotte. Along with Dr. Melinda Harper, she introduced and continues to co-direct the Transition to University (T2U) program. Her research interests are in the areas of critical thinking, loneliness, and first-year student adjustment. In addition to teaching in the Department of Psychology, she has taught in the first-year core curriculum program, organized a first-year experience program, and served as chair of psychology and chair of social sciences at Queens.