Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition

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In this 1994 classic work on student retention, Vincent Tinto synthesizes far-ranging research on student attrition and on actions institutions can and should take to reduce it. The key to effective retention, Tinto demonstrates, is in a strong commitment to quality education and the building of a strong sense of inclusive educational and social community on campus.  He applies his theory of student departure to the experiences of minority, adult, and graduate students, and to the situation facing commuting ...

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Overview

In this 1994 classic work on student retention, Vincent Tinto synthesizes far-ranging research on student attrition and on actions institutions can and should take to reduce it. The key to effective retention, Tinto demonstrates, is in a strong commitment to quality education and the building of a strong sense of inclusive educational and social community on campus.  He applies his theory of student departure to the experiences of minority, adult, and graduate students, and to the situation facing commuting institutions and two-year colleges. Especially critical to Tinto‚Äôs model is the central importance of the classroom experience and the role of multiple college communities. 

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From a rare undertaking of a few "enlightened" institutions, enhanced student retention has become a common part of institutional and state planning. In this second edition, the author revises and extends the theory and exposition of the first edition (1988) in light of an explosion of research on the subject and in light of current statistical data that can be fruitfully compared with older data. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226804491
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Vincent Tinto, Distinguished Professor of Education at Syracuse University, is coauthor of Where Colleges Are and Who Attends: Effects of Accessibility on College Attendance (1972).
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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 The Scope and Patterning of Student Departure from Higher Education 7
3 Roots of Individual Departure from Institutions of Higher Education 34
4 A Theory of Individual Departure from Institutions of Higher Education 84
5 The Dimensions of Institutional Action 138
6 Conclusions 204
Appendix A: The Assessment of Student Departure from Institutions of Higher Education 213
Appendix B: Toward a Theory of Doctoral Persistence 230
Notes 244
References 257
Index 283
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