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Completing College Rethinking Institutional Action

by Vincent Tinto

Completing College Rethinking Institutional Action Synopsis

Even as the number of students attending college has more than doubled in the past forty years, it is still the case that nearly half of all college students in the United States will not complete their degree within six years. It is clear that much remains to be done toward improving student success. For more than twenty years, Vincent Tinto's path breaking book Leaving College has been recognized as the definitive resource on student retention in higher education. Now, with Completing College , Tinto offers administrators a coherent framework with which to develop and implement programs to promote completion. Deftly distilling an enormous amount of research, Tinto identifies the essential conditions for enabling students to succeed and continue on within institutions. He shows that, especially during the early years, students thrive in settings that pair high expectations for success with structured academic, social, and financial support, provide frequent feedback and assessments of their performance, and promote active involvement with other students and faculty. And while these conditions may be worked on and met at different institutional levels, Tinto points to the classroom as the center of student education and life, and therefore the primary target for institutional action. Improving retention rates continues to be among the most widely studied fields in higher education, and Completing College carefully synthesizes the latest research and, most importantly, translates it into practical steps that administrators can take to enhance student success.

Completing College Rethinking Institutional Action Press Reviews

The best compendium of information on organizational development related to colleges and universities and their students around. It is thoughtful, thorough, and focused on a limited number of areas where a huge number of factors are involved. -John Bean, Indiana University A valuable, useful guide for institutional dialogue and planning around student retention. Completing College will be welcomed by countless retention committees struggling with the magnitude of their charge and wondering where to start. -David Kalsbeek, DePaul University

Book Information

ISBN: 9780226804521
Publication date: 11th May 2012
Author: Vincent Tinto
Publisher: University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 283 pages
Categories: Higher & further education, tertiary education,

About Vincent Tinto

Vincent Tinto is distinguished professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University. He is the author of Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition and coauthor of Where Colleges Are and Who Attends.

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