Increasing Persistence: Research-based Strategies for College Student Success

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Increasing Persistence

"Of all the books addressing the puzzle of student success andpersistence, I found this one to be the most helpful and believe itwill be extremely useful to faculty and staff attempting to promotestudent success. The authors solidly ground their work in empiricalresearch, and do a brilliant job providing both an overview of therelevant literature as well as research-based recommendations forintervention." —Gail Hackett, Ph.D., provost and executivevice chancellor for academic affairs; ...

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Overview

Increasing Persistence

"Of all the books addressing the puzzle of student success andpersistence, I found this one to be the most helpful and believe itwill be extremely useful to faculty and staff attempting to promotestudent success. The authors solidly ground their work in empiricalresearch, and do a brilliant job providing both an overview of therelevant literature as well as research-based recommendations forintervention." —Gail Hackett, Ph.D., provost and executivevice chancellor for academic affairs; professor, counseling andeducational psychology, University of Missouri, Kansas City

Research indicates that approximately forty percent of allcollege students never earn a degree anywhere, any time in theirlives. This fact has not changed since the middle of the 20thcentury.

Written for practitioners and those who lead retention andpersistence initiatives at both the institutional and public policylevels, Increasing Persistence offers a compendium on collegestudent persistence that integrates concept, theory, and researchwith successful practice. It is anchored by the ACT's What Works inStudent Retention (WWISR) survey of 1,100 colleges anduniversities, an important resource that contains insights on thecauses of attrition and identifies retention interventions that aremost likely to enhance student persistence.

The authors focus on three essential conditions for studentsuccess: students must learn; students must be motivated,committed, engaged, and self-regulating; and students must connectwith educational programs consistent with their interests andabilities. The authors offer a detailed discussion of the fourinterventions that research shows are the most effective forhelping students persist and succeed: assessment and courseplacement, developmental education initiatives, academic advising,and student transition programming. Finally, they urge broadeningthe current retention construct, providing guidance to policymakers, campus leaders, and individuals on the contributions theycan make to student success.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780470888438
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 871,579
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Wesley R. Habley is principal associate in educational servicesand coordinator of State Organizations at ACT, Inc. He is alsocoeditor of Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook fromJossey-Bass.

Jennifer L. Bloom is clinical professor and director of theMaster's Degree Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs atthe University of South Carolina.

Steve Robbins is principal research scientist in the Center forAcademic and Workforce Readiness and Success. Formerly, Robbinsserved as vice president of research at ACT, and as professor andchair of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii

The Authors xxix

Acknowledgments xxxiii

Section 1: What Do We Know

About Retention and Persistence to Degree? 1

1 Defining, Refining Perspectives on Student Success 3

2 Overview of Theoretical Perspectives on Student Success 19

Section 2: The Case for Intensified Campus Efforts 41

3 The Demographic Challenge 43

4 Public and Private Benefits of College 63

5 Retention or Recruitment: Examining the Return on Investment 79

Section 3: Core Components of Student Success 99

6 Institutional Culture and Student Engagement 101

7 Academic Preparation 117

8 Psychosocial Characteristics 137

9 Career Development 161

10 Assessing the Impact of Academic, Psychosocial, and Career Development Factors on College Student Success 181

Section 4: Proven Student Success Practices 211

11 Historical Perspective on What Works in Student Retention 213

12 Assessment and Course Placement 235

13 Development Education Initiatives 255

14 Academic Advising 283

15 First-Year Transition Programs 311

Section 5: Making Student Success a Priority 335

16 Expanding the Retention Framework: Implications for Public and Institutional Policy 337

17 Creating a Student Success Culture 363

18 Leading the Campus to Student Success 383

Appendices

A What Works in Student Retention, 2004 Survey 397

B What Works in Student Retention? 411

References 425

Name Index 453

Subject Index 459

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