College Student Retention: Formula for Student Success

College Student Retention: Formula for Student Success

by Alan Seidman, Vincent Tinto
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275981932

ISBN-13: 9780275981938

Pub. Date: 05/30/2005

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Although access to higher education is virtually universally available, many students who start in a higher education program drop out prior to completing a degree or achieving their individual academic and/or social goals. In response to student attrition, colleges have developed intervention programs and services to try to retain students. In spite of all of the

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Although access to higher education is virtually universally available, many students who start in a higher education program drop out prior to completing a degree or achieving their individual academic and/or social goals. In response to student attrition, colleges have developed intervention programs and services to try to retain students. In spite of all of the programs and services to help retain students, according to the U.S. Department of Education, Center for Educational Statistics, only 50% of those who enter higher education actually earn a bachelor's degree. Enrollment management and the retention of students remain a top priority of federal and state government, colleges, universities, and parents of students who are attending college and of students themselves. This book offers a formula for student success intended to assist colleges and universities in retaining and graduating students. Contributors: Some of the leading educators who study college student retention contributed to this book. All are truly dedicated to helping students achieve their individual academic and personal goals. A list of each and their affiliation follows: Alexander W. Astin: Allan M. Cartter Professor of Higher Education at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute. Elizabeth Barlow: Executive Director of Institutional Research at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. John Bean: Associate Professor of Higher Education at Indiana University, Bloomington. Joseph B. Berger: Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. John Braxton: Professor of Education in the Higher Education Leadership and Policy Program in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. Kurt Burkum: Doctoral student and 'star Fellow in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State Univ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275981938
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/30/2005
Series:
ACE/Praeger Series on Higher Education
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
364
Sales rank:
1,400,603
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.47(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword : college student retention : formula for student success
Ch. 1Past to present : a historical look at retention1
Ch. 2Measurements of persistence31
Ch. 3Theoretical developments in the study of college student departure61
Ch. 4How to define retention : a new look at an old problem89
Ch. 5Toward reliable knowledge about college student departure107
Ch. 6Student persistence and degree attainment beyond the first year in college : the need for research129
Ch. 7Pathways to a four-year degree : determinants of transfer and degree completion155
Ch. 8Nine themes of college student retention215
Ch. 9Pre-college and institutional influences on degree attainment245
Ch. 10Finances and retention : trends and potential implications277
Ch. 11Where we go from here : a retention formula for student success295
Epilogue : moving from theory to action317

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