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See and Taylor's 'Higher Learning' third edition released

RELEASED: March 17, 2011

Bruce Taylor
Bruce Taylor
Patti See
Patti See

EAU CLAIRE — Bruce Taylor, professor emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Patti See, senior student services coordinator at the university's Academic Skills Center, are no strangers to the world of publishing.

Their most recent work, "Higher Learning: Reading and Writing about College, 3rd edition," was published by Prentice Hall/Pearson Education in January. The anthology is a collection of stories, poems, dramas, essays, letters and memoirs written by both students and professional writers.

"Higher Learning: Reading and Writing about College" is for use in college freshman orientation, student success and/or composition classes. The book focuses on all aspects of college life, from first-year social experiences to relationships to the ever-changing world of university academics.

The third edition includes 18 new, diverse readings that cover topics such as coming out, using Facebook and dealing with disabilities. Greek life, LGBT issues and alcohol abuse also are covered in the readings. Also included are 21 student-written pieces, nearly 20 "first generation" authors, examples of class-tested writing assignments, and student responses to readings.

"Each time we update and revise our book, we hope it gets better," See said. "Our goal in providing this book continues to be that students will not only be motivated to read, but they also will be moved to reflect and write about their experiences, their campus, their college life in general, and the world around them."

Taylor and See first teamed up in 1996, when a student asked See, "How come we never read about people like us?" This question sparked a journey that led the pair to create the first edition of the text.

The authors were determined to create a book that would prepare students for college by reading about the "experience" rather than study skills, time management, note taking and other task-oriented tools found in many other texts for first-year college students.

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