Leaving College Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition

ISBN-10: 0226804496
ISBN-13: 9780226804491
Edition: 2nd 2012
Authors: Vincent Tinto
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/10/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

As enrollments continue to decline, student retention is increasingly vital to the survival of most colleges and universities. In the new edition of his widely acclaimed Leaving College, 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. This completely revised and expanded edition incorporates the explosion of recent research and policy reports on why students leave higher education. Incorporating data only now available, Tinto 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. He has revised his theory as well, giving new emphasis to the central importance of the classroom experience and to the role of multiple college communities. "This book appears to be the best compilation of ideas about understanding student departure from college written to date. . . . Tinto has pulled together a lavish variety of facts, findings based on empirical studies, theories, and institutional savvy to provide readers with valuable information that should help concerned members of the academic community better understand student departure."--John P. Bean, The Journal of Higher Education "This book is an excellent summary of previous research, a soundly sociological volume, and a very practical guide for action. It is an excellent blend of theory, research, and policy implications. It is also incredibly well written."--Theodore C. Wagenaar, Contemporary Sociology

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

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Dimensions and Consequences of Student Departure from Higher Education
The Limits of Our Understanding of Student Departure
The Goals and Structure of the Book
The Scope and Patterning of Student Departure from Higher Education
The Entry of Individuals into Higher Education
The Scope of Departure from Higher Education Group Differences in Rates of Degree Completion Concluding Observations
Roots of Individual Departure from Institutions of Higher Education Sorting through Past Research on Student Departure
Individual Roots of Student Departure Interactional Roots of Institutional
Departure External Communities and Withdrawal from College Finances and College Persistence
Involvement, Learning, and Leaving Individual and Institutional Variations in the Process of Student
Departure Concluding Observations
A Theory of Individual Departure from Institutions of Higher Education
Past Theories of Student Departure Studies of Departure in Other School Settings Stages in the Process of Departure from Institutions of Higher Education
Suicide and the Study of Departure from Higher Education Toward a Theory of Institutional Departure from Higher Education
A Longitudinal Model of Departure from Institutions of Higher Education Linking Learning and Leaving
The Educational Character of Student Leaving
A Model of Institutional Departure: Some Observations
The Dimensions of Institutional Action Defining "Dropout" from Higher Education
The Principles of Effective Retention
The Principles of Effective Implementation What Works in Retaining Students
Retention Policies for Different Students Retention Policies for Different Institutions Concluding Observations
Conclusions Educational Communities and the Character of Institutional Commitment Educational Mission and Institutional Commitment
The Paradox of Institutional Commitment and the Limits of Institutional
Action Educational Excellence, Retention, and Student Involvement in Learning Leaving College and Other Forms of Departure A Concluding Observation
The Assessment of Student Departure from Institutions of Higher Education
Toward a Theory of Doctoral Persistence
Notes
References
Index

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