College Student Retention: Formula for Student Success

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

D. Bruce Johnstone
The ever-more challenging economics and politics of higher education have elevated the complex issues of college retention and persistence, making this second edition of Seidman’s 2005 classic volume especially timely. The chapter authors are first-rate scholars, with most of the chapters thoroughly updated and with important additions, such as the special circumstances of community colleges and the effect of technology and on-line learning on retention and persistence. This is a must-read reference for students, scholars, and (one can only hope)policy-makers contending with the immensely difficult challenge of improving institutional retention and student persistence for the sake both of our economy and of those students we are currently losing.
Joseph N. Hankin
As a college president for forty-five years, I agonize over the issues of admission and retention since both impact so directly on finances and upon the ability of our higher education institutions to function effectively. This group of diverse specialists, under the lead editorship of Alan Seidman, has put together a master work on the subject of retention — from defining and measuring it, to determining its past history and future promise. It goes beyond the theories, so well-worn, to projected actions in policies, programs, and practices that institutions can adopt and which help students — and therefore colleges — succeed.
David Kalsbeek
For college and university administrators and faculty to successfully address their student retention challenges, they need to place their efforts in contexts beyond their specific institution. Seidman and colleagues, in a single text, provide a valuable historical, definitional, theoretical, empirical, financial, and practical context for framing retention strategy.
Journal Of College Student Development
This books makes a significant contribution to research on student retention. It provides a formula to strengthen institutional student retention practices. Despite a myriad of academic support programs, only 50 percent of U.S. students entering higher education actually earn a bachelor's degree. Seidman describes a formula for helping students to successfully complete their education that is based upon early, intensive, and continuous intervention.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442212527
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/2012
  • Series: ACE Series on Higher Education Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 657,511
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ALAN SEIDMAN is the creator/editor of the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice, a scholarly, refereed quarterly journal. He is also Executive Director; Center for the Study of College Student Retention (www.cscsr.org) which provides retention resources to individuals and education institutions. He is the former Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services at West Chester University and Dean of Student Affairs/Special Assistant to the President at New England College of Optometry.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Past to Present: A Historical Look at Retention
Joseph B. Berger, Geraldo Blanco Ramirez, and Susan Lyons
Chapter 2: Measurements of Persistence
Thomas G. Mortenson
Chapter 3: Retention Theories, Models and Concepts
Lonnie Morrison, Loretta Silverman
Chapter 4: How to Define Retention: A New Look at an Old Problem
Linda Serra Hagedorn
Chapter 5: Finances and Retention: Trends and Inplications
John H. Schuh and Ann Gansemer-Topf
Chapter 6: Pre-College and Institutional Influences on Degree Attainment
Alexander W. Astin and Leticia 'seguera
Chapter 7: The Community College: Retention Trends and Issues
Gloria Crisp and Liliana Mina
Chapter 8: Pathways to a Four-Year Degree: Determinants of Transfer and Degree Completion among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students
Alberto F. Cabrera, Kurt R. Burkum, Steven M. LaNasa, and Erin W. Bibo
Chapter 9: Online Student Retention
Daniel W. Salter
Chapter 10: Student Persistence and Degree Attainment Beyond the First Year in College: Existing Knowledge and Directions for Future Research
Amaury Nora and Gloria Crisp
Chapter 11: Moving From Theory to Action: A Model of Institutional Action for Student Success
Vincent Tinto
Chapter 12: Taking Action: A Formula and Model for Student Success
Alan Seidman

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