College and Career Success, 8th Edition

This edition is for comprehensive 3 unit courses. A Concise Edition is also available.


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What's New in the 8th Edition
Features of the 8th Edition
Chapter Titles and Brief Content

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Brief Summary of What's New

The interactive online version can now be integrated with your course management system for ease of access and automated grading. Chapter 1, Understanding Motivation, contains new material on mindset and grit to help students improve success and retention. There is additional material on math success. Chapter 2 contains updated information on careers and future trends. Life stages has been removed from Chapter 14 to leave room for updated material without increasing the cost of the textbook. The assessments have been updated and renamed to AchieveWorks Personality, Intelligences, and Learning Productivity.

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Printed Edition:

College and Career Success, 8th Edition
Kendall Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 9781524945336
Author: Marsha Fralick

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College and Career Success Online
Contact the Carla Lundman of HumanEsources at to set up your account and coordinate with your bookstore.

Resources: Customer Service, Instructor Manual, PowerPoint Presentations, Test Bank, Journal Entries, Student Outcomes

This textbook has many resources to make teaching easier.

The online edition has exemplary Customer Service to help you and your students get started using your account. Contact Customer Service for the online edition at 888-295-1520. You can text or call this number. You can also reach Customer Service at

The Instructor Manual contains over 500 pages of interactive exercises, classroom handouts, and techniques for engaging students in learning. Here is a sample of the Instructor Manual for Chapter 1: Understanding Motivation.

The Test Bank includes a bank of questions for each chapter as well as section, mid-term and final exams. The test bank is located in the Instructor Manual.

The PowerPoint Library contains a slide for every topic in the textbook. Select the slides that match your student learning outcomes. Here is a sample PowerPoint presentation for Chapter 1: Understanding Motivation. The PowerPoint library is located in the Instructor Manual.

Note that a user name and password are required to access the full Instructor Manual, Test Bank and PowerPoint Library. Login information is provided for faculty who have ordered textbooks for their students. If you have ordered texts, contact me at for the login information.

Journal Entries for Students (Word Documents)

Student Learning Outcomes, Objectives, and Assessment
Download this document: Student Learning Outcomes, Objectives and Assessment.

Student Learning Outcomes for Your Syllabus (Brief)
Download this document: Student Learning Outcomes for Your Syllabus for the new 8th Edition. It is a brief statement of the learning outcomes.

What's New in the 8th Edition?

Course Management Integration

The interactive online version can now be integrated with your course management system for ease of access and automated grading.

Expanded Material on Motivation

Based on new research, material on mindset, grit, and perseverance has been added to Chapter 1, Understanding Motivation. To compensate for the added material, some material in this chapter has been condensed. The section on attention and concentration has been moved to Chapter 7, Using Brain Science to Improve Study Skills.

Career Material Updated

All the statistics on income, education, jobs in demand, and career trends are updated based on the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Streamlined to Reduce Cost

Material has been condensed and some has moved online at . Based on responses to a faculty survey, the material on life stages has been removed from Chapter 14. These changes were made to leave room for newer and more relevant topics and to assure affordability for students.

Update on Assessments

The assessments have been updated to align with current research and contain new interactive features. The Do What You Are is renamed AchieveWORKS Personality. The MI Advantage assessment of multiple intelligences is renamed AchieveWORKS Intelligences. A new learning and productivity assessment based on current research has been added, AchieveWORKS Learning and Productivity.

As a reminder, learning styles were deleted from the 7th and 8th editions since empirical scientific support for learning styles is lacking.  Current research in neuroscience suggests that we learn best by using all the senses.  Learning preference depends on what we are learning. See my blog which presents the research on this issue, "Are Learning Styles a Myth? If So, What's Next?" You can also download a Word Document of this topic on my blog. This change was made in the 7th edition and continues in the 8th Edition.

Emphasis on Math Success

Math is the most failed subject in college and it is the gateway to high paying scientific and technical careers.  There is added emphasis on how to study math, taking notes in math courses, math anxiety and taking tests in math. New material on mindset and grit has been integrated into this section. There is also a new "Student Perspective on How to Study Math."

Focus on Positive Psychology

Concepts from positive psychology are used to help students:

  • Discover their strengths, interests, and values.
  • Build on their strengths.
  • Think positively about themselves and their future.
  • Clarify what happiness means and work toward attaining happiness in life. 

Features of the 8th Edition

Topics include college, career, and lifelong success.

Includes Concepts from Positive Psychology
Concepts from positive psychology are used to help students:

  • discover their strengths, interests, and values.
  • build on their strengths.
  • think positively about themselves and their future.
  • clarify what happiness means and work toward attaining happiness in life.

Helps Students Assume Responsibility for Their Own Success
Topics include motivation, positive thinking, locus of control, mindset, grit, future-mindedness, hope, belief, persistence, emotional intelligence, and learning positive behavior. 

Incorporates The Latest Research in Psychology, Education and Neuroscience
The suggested strategies in this textbook are all based on current research.  The latest research in neuroscience is translated into practical strategies for memory and study skills. 

Online Career Portfolio
The career material in the online portfolio helps students to make an informed choice of their college major and career.  It includes the AchieveWORKS Personality, Intelligences, and Learning/ Productivity assessments. Note that these assessments are updated versions of the Do What You Are, MI Advantage, and PEPS. The results of these assessments are linked to the O*Net database of careers for career exploration.  It includes which helps students to find employment.  The material in the online portfolio is supplemented by The Interest Profiler integrated into Chapter 3 which helps students to identify their vocational interests. 

Helps Students Find Employment after Graduation
This textbook includes:

  • information on career trends, the career decision-making process, educational planning, researching career information, and career outlook.
  • updated job search strategies, including the concept of online personal branding and using social media to find jobs. 
  • the basics of writing a resume and cover letter as well as interviewing tips.

Increasing Math Success
Since math is the gateway to high paying careers and is a challenging requirement for graduation, this edition has expanded material on how mindset, grit, and perseverance affect math success. Other topics include how to study math, take math notes, deal with math anxiety, how to be successful on math tests.

Tools for Student Engagement

  • Interactive activities within the text help students to practice the material learned. 
  • Frequent quizzes and answer keys within the chapters help students with reading comprehension and check understanding of key concepts.
  • Journal entries help students think critically and apply what they have learned to their personal lives. 
  • Individual and group exercises are included at the end of each chapter.

Resources for Faculty and Students at College Success 1
This website has additional materials to accompany this textbook.  Student resources include key ideas, Internet links related to each chapter, and Word documents for the journal entries.  Resources for faculty include the Instructor Manual and Faculty Resources for teaching college success courses including over 500 pages of classroom exercises, handouts, video suggestions, Internet links to related material, and much more. 

Chapter Titles and Brief Content

Chapter 1.  Understanding Motivation
Topics include the value of a college education, how to choose a major, how to be motivated, using a growth mindset, grit, perseverance, and developing habits that lead to success, and the value of persistence. 

Chapter 2.  Exploring Your Personality and Major
Topics include choosing a major that matches your personal strengths; understanding personality types; personality and preferred work environment, decision making; time and money management; career outlook; and finding your passion.  The AchieveWORKS Personality (formerly Do What You Are) is included. Suggested careers are linked to career information in the O*Net database of careers.

Chapter 3.  Exploring Multiple Intelligences, Interests and Values
Topics include exploring multiple intelligences, exploring interests, using values to make important decisions, and decision-making. The Interest Profiler which measures vocational interests is included along with the AchieveWORKS Intelligences (formerly MI Advantage) which assessess multiple intelligences, suggests matching careers, and provides links for career inresearch in the O*Net database of careers.

Chapter 4.  Planning Your Career and Education
Topics include employment trends, work skills for the 21st Century, career research, educational planning, personal branding online, updated job search skills, the resume, interview skills, and finding success in adversity. 

Chapter 5.  Managing Time and Money
Topics include lifetime goals, using priorities, estimating study and work time, schedules, time management techniques, dealing with procrastination, and money management.

Chapter 6.  Using Brain Science to Improve Memory
Topics include: improving your memory; practical memory techniques based on brain science; using mnemonics and other memory tricks; optimizing your brain power; and positive thinking.

Chapter 7. Using Brain Science to Improve Study Skills
Topics include neuroscience and practical learning strategies, applying memory strategies to reading, how to be successful in your math course, and creating your success.

Chapter 8. Taking Notes, Writing and Speaking
Topics include taking notes on the college lecture, note taking systems, improving note taking efficiency, reviewing your notes, power writing, and the basics of public speaking.

Chapter 9.  Test Taking
Topics include test preparation, dealing with test anxiety, studying for math tests, tips for taking tests, and how to prepare for tests.

Chapter 10. Communication and Relationships
Topics include understanding your communication style, communication for success, the language of responsibility, barriers to effective communication, dealing with conflict, friendships, roommates and relationships. 

Chapter 11.  Thinking Critically and Creatively
Topics include fallacies in reasoning, how to become a critical thinker, moral reasoning, and creative thinking techniques.

Chapter 12. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Topics include longevity, nutrition, exercise, avoiding addictions, avoiding sexually transmitted infections, protecting yourself from sexual assault, getting enough sleep and making positive changes in your life.

Chapter 13.  Appreciating Diversity
Topics include the importance of appreciating diversity, vocabulary for understanding diversity, the human genome, communicating across cultures, understanding sexual orientation, how to appreciate diversity, stages of ethical development, and student perspectives on diversity.

Chapter 14. Thinking Positively about the Future
Topics include career satisfaction, positive thinking, optimism, hope, future-mindedness, positive self-talk, affirmations, successful beliefs and secrets to happiness.