Understanding and Reducing College Student Departure

ISBN-10: 0787972827

ISBN-13: 9780787972820

Edition: 2004

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Student departure is a long-standing problem to colleges and universities. Approximately 45 percent of students enrolled in two-year colleges depart during their first year, and approximately one out of four students departs from a four-year college or university. The authors advance a serious revision of Tinto's popular interactionalist theory to account for student departure, and they postulate a theory of student departure in commuter colleges and universities. This volume delves into the literature to describe exemplary campus-based programs designed to reduce student departure. It emphasizes the importance of addressing student departure through a multidisciplinary approach, engaging the whole campus. It proposes new models for nonresidential students and students from diverse backgrounds, and suggests directions for further research. Academic and student affairs administrators seeking research-based approaches to understanding and reducing student departure will profit from reading this volume. Scholars of the college student experience will also find it valuable in defining new thrusts in research on the student departure process.
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.38" wide x 8.98" long x 0.33" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Foreword
The Ill-Structured Problem of College Student Departure
Overview of the Volume
Intended Audience
Tinto's Interactionalist Theory
Tinto's Interactionalist Theory
An Empirical Assessment of Tinto
Propositions Receiving Strong Support
Explanations for Unanticipated Academic Integration Findings
Tinto's Theory: Revise or Abandon?
Toward a Revision of Tinto's Theory for Residential Colleges and Universities
Influences on Social Integration
Underlying Conceptual Orientation of the Six Influences
Tinto's Theory Revisited in Residential Colleges and Universities
Implications for Racial or Ethnic Minority Students
Student Departure in Commuter Colleges and Universities
Sixteen Propositions: Elements of a Theory of Student Departure in Commuter Institutions
Formulating a Theory of Student Departure in Commuter Colleges and Universities
Exemplary Student Retention Programs
Sources of Retention Programs
Selecting Exemplary Retention Programs
Nine Exemplary Retention Programs
Reducing Institutional Rates of Departure
An Overarching Recommendation
Powerful Institutional Levers of Action
Residential Colleges and Universities
Commuter Colleges and Universities
Reducing the Departure of Racial or Ethnic Minority Students
Conclusions and Recommendations for Scholarship
Conclusions
Recommendations for Further Scholarship
Closing Thoughts
References
Name Index
Subject Index
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