Professional Experience: an Expert in College Readiness
Robert R. Neuman, PhD. I spent 25 years at Marquette University as dean of academic development. I have never met another academic dean who held a position like mine for so many years in a college of a comparable size.
I administered virtually all aspects of Student Academic Affairs for the college —
- Oversaw the college’s admissions’ programs, screening prospective students.
- Developed and organized the Academic Counseling Center, a concept far ahead of its time.
- Chaired the Academic Appeals Committee, reviewing the cases of students in academic trouble. I sat on the Academic Review Boards for the Army, Navy and Marine ROTC programs.
- Directed New Student Orientation Program the first week of each year.
I acted as the ultimate decision-maker in overseeing academic problems: I reviewed dishonesty cases; granted approval of transfer credits, grade changes, waivers of degree requirements, and withdrawals from the university.
As I look back on the hours I spent listening to and advising students, I gathered an enormous amount of valuable information—field research, so to speak. I have an intimate knowledge of college students: insights that only a handful of educators, if that, understand.
I feel compelled to share what I have learned—especially since no other book addresses this entire problem. Yes, there a books about studying, but not covering the entire college academic experience and how it all fits together.
My goal is to see that all students are ready for college. Those years, from middle school to graduating from college, are so important. The changes that occur in a young person’s life during this time are monumental. It’s no exaggeration to say that the success of students during this time literally determines their success in life.
These days, many experts write about the failure of the education in the US. Many of those judgments are all too true. But that’s a big political issue. My approach to achievement in education is to share my knowledge with families and educators on an individual basis—one by one.
I have a broad vision for my educational campaign. The English version, along with new, soon-to-be-released Latino versions will help students meet the challenges of college and succeed. At the moment, I’m writing other books for parents and educators on my favorite subject—preparation for college.
I truly believe that what I have to tell everyone who understands the real value of education will have a great and lasting impact on their lives.