F21P - Book Discussion: Bandwidth Recovery

3:45 - 5:30 PM

Kathy Rowell will lead a book discussion on the new book, Bandwith Recovery. Participants will have an opportunity to check out the book from the Center for Teaching and Learning and be expected to have read the book in order to participate. Light refreshments will be served.

Book synopsis:
"Although other researchers have explored the debilitating effects of racism and poverty on college students’ ability to succeed, Cia Verschelden's novel perspective invigorates this discussion first by uniquely employing the technological analogy of bandwidth, to make the multiple consequences of cognitive deprivation more vividly understandable than other analyses of these issues. She then infuses her book with numerous practical interventions – from 'Neurobic' mental exercises to using Pecha Kucha in the classroom – that readers can use to enhance cognitive ability and academic aptitude of their own students. (Michael J. Cuyjet, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus University of Louisville)

"Bandwidth Recovery is a well-written, insightful must-read book that offers educators and counselors who work with socially marginalized youth to develop functional strategies for promoting a growth mindset and self-efficacy to increase learning capacity in and out of the classroom." (Joseph L. White, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, School of Social Sciences University of California, Irvine)

“Verschelden convincingly makes the case that many lower income and minority students struggle in college not because of lower ability or poor preparation, but because they deal with life situations that deplete cognitive resources that are needed for learning. Offering us a distinctly different lens through which to view these students, she describes concrete strategies we can implement to replenish their cognitive resources so that they don’t just survive, but thrive in the college environment with recovered ‘bandwidth’.” (Saundra McGuire, (Ret.) Assistant Vice Chancellor & Professor of Chemistry; Director Emerita, Center for Academic Success, Louisiana State University; Author of Teach Students How to Learn)

“Verschelden effectively immerses readers in and thereby sensitizes them to the array of economic; social; and physical, mental, and emotional realities that persistently drain non-majority and socially marginalized students’ cognitive capacities to learn. Most important, she teaches us how to recover their capacities to become successful students. Projections of our national demographics document growth in non-majority and low income populations. Unquestionably, then, Bandwidth Recovery is a timely, essential, and uplifting read for faculty and other contributors to student learning, assisting them to draw out those students’ potential for success.” (Peggy L. Maki, Education Consultant Specializing in Assessing Student Learning)

“Bandwidth Recovery provides a roadmap for reversing the current trend, whereby only one in two high school students from low-income families enrolls in college in the first place, and the completion rate for those at the lowest socioeconomic rungs continues to lag far behind their wealthier peers. By drawing attention to the persistent economic and cultural barriers that continue to thwart the equity imperative upon which the American Dream is built, Verschelden brings us closer to being able to fulfill the true promise of American higher education?that of educating for democracy.” (Lynn Pasquerella, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities)

About the Author
Cia Verschelden has worked in higher education for 31 years. A residence hall director during her doctoral research, she has also served as a faculty member in social work, women’s studies, American ethnic studies, and nonviolence studies. She is currently the Executive Director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she teaches in sociology and has taught in the first-year experience program. She has been active in faculty leadership and in academic administration for 15 years, serving at public institutions, both four-year and community college. In every position, the one constant in her work and life has been advocacy for social justice and equity.

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