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Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition

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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

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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 institutions and two-year colleges. Especially critical to Tinto’s model is the central importance of the classroom experience and the role of multiple college communities. 

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Acknowledgments

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

Appendix A: The Assessment of Student Departure from Institutions of Higher Education

Appendix B: Toward a Theory of Doctoral Persistence

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226007571
Author:
Tinto, Vincent
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Education-Higher Education
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 tables, 3 line drawings
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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