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Connecting in CollegeHow Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success$
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Janice M. McCabe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226409498

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226409665.001.0001

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(p.163) Seven Conclusion
Connecting in College

Janice M. McCabe

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 7 provides an overview of the book’s findings and reviews its implications for research as well as practice. In a time of limited resources, I provide concrete and powerful solutions for students, parents, college administrators, and professors. Practical implications for colleges include: community members should have regular contact with each other, members should engage in a collaborative project together, and a strong status hierarchy between communities should be avoided. This chapter also discusses implications for colleges creating community through Greek Letter Organizations, online classes, roommate assignments, and campus diversity. This chapter offers advice for faculty in supporting students’ social ties and designing opportunities for students to get to know each other. It offers advice for students to encourage them to be involved in campus, value friendships, and gain social and academic support from friends. And it offers advice for parents of college students or soon-to-be college students to support their children in both academic and social life without becoming “helicopter parents.” The chapter ends by discussing theoretical implications for network analysis and the sociology of education. Close attention to the ways that network structures vary by students’ race, gender, and class provides important insights into the mechanisms perpetuating stratification.

Keywords:   friendship, networks, college students, parents, college administrators, professors, network analysis, sociology of education, Greek Letter Organizations, educational stratification

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