Case Studies for the First Year takes students on a journey through collaboration and teamwork that will open their minds to new possibilities, require critical and creative problem solving, and help them develop sound decision-making abilities. This brief yet substantive approach to critical thinking is delivered in an inviting and relevant manner that will interest traditional and nontraditional first-year students. It includes an introduction on effectively using case studies in preparing students for participatory and proactive thinking. Forty-two dynamic case studies are used to engage students in evocative discussions, encourage cooperative learning and problem solving, teach the value of teamwork, and strengthen listening and communication skills. * The cases address issues such as change, personal responsibility, academic success and integrity, campus resources, diversity, technology, safety, careers, and more. * Each case is derived from contemporary, real-life incidents at colleges and businesses across the nation. * Each case prompts readers to think critically and solve problems about issues related to college success.