Completing College Rethinking Institutional Action Even as the number of students attending college has 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 de

  • Title: Completing College: Rethinking Institutional Action
  • Author: Vincent Tinto
  • ISBN: 9780226804521
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Even as the number of students attending college has 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 than twenty years, Vincent Tinto s pathbreaking book Leaving CoEven as the number of students attending college has 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 than twenty years, Vincent Tinto s pathbreaking 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 enabling students to succeed and continue on within institutions Especially during the early years, he shows that 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 their 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.

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    1. Overall, this is much more engaging than Vincent Tinto’s earlier seminal work, Leaving College. It feels more like a call to action. Tinto identifies core programs which support student persistence and completion. In a sort of case study style, he then shows how various institutions have successfully implemented these programs. Some of the support programs identified and modeled include career counseling, first-year seminars, mentoring, service learning, supplemental instruction, peer tutoring [...]

    2. I am currently writing a formal review of this book for an academic journal, so I can't post my review here yet (I'll post it after its been published). However, I will say that overall, this book is a must-read for administrators and faculty who care about student retention in higher education.

    3. This is a great book whether you work at a two year or four year college/university. It is also great for administrators and faculty. Tinto creates an easy framework to follow. He uses case studies as examples and provides an excellent review of the literature concerning the various factors of retention. I highly recommend this book.

    4. A call for action for those of us in higher ed. Putting the students at the center, increasing persistence and completion rates, and keeping high standards along the way will allow us to be more successful in our work. I should have gotten to this one a lot sooner!

    5. I've gone back and read Tinto's 1975 paper and several other journal articles. An excellent framework for assessing institutional effectiveness with regards to student completion. I'll be going back to read his book, Leaving College, from the 80s. I highly recommend for those in HED.

    6. Some good suggestions. Not as irritating as Redesigning America's Community Colleges. However, could we get higher ed ideas that don't come from the same places: AtD, Lumina, and everyone else bankrolled by the Gates Foundation? They've so crowded the field, it's hard to find any research that doesn't come from them or their subsidiaries. They are not neutral actors.

    7. Today, degree completion is on the mind of every college administrator. I was excited to learn Tinto had written a book on the subject and immediately purchased it when a keynote speaker at a student success conference mentioned it. Overall, the book is a useful guide to reshaping how we approach student success. I was disappointed in the first five chapters, however, which are a solid review of the current student success literature but offered little new insight. For educators not familiar wit [...]

    8. This book was terrible. I read it as quickly as possible because it was assigned for a course and I just wanted the pain to end. At best it is 100s of pages of data dump. It is poorly organized, especially the support chapter which brought up financial support randomly throughout the chapter instead of devoting an actual topic to it. There is so much data provided in this book but not once is it brought together with any cohesive conclusions. By the end of the text, the reader has no idea what b [...]

    9. This is probably one of the better books necessary for my program. Tinto does not just speak from opinion or says that there is one example of this and moves on. Completing College uses several examples and expresses details about program that are in place at various institutions (community colleges and 4-year public and private). The writing is not dense to the point of boredom but is extremely educational. Lastly, not only does Tinto express the issues that institutions are facing, but also of [...]

    10. This illustrates the problem with solely relying upon the most rigorous research int college effectiveness--there's only a few things that get tested and anyone who has paid some attention to the subject already has already heard of it. That said, if you aren't familiar with strategies to help college completion (and why are you reading this if you don't) then there probably are some new and interesting things here.

    11. Good 30,000 foot level review, but not enough detail to provide strong support at the implementation level. Of course, this us likely because the evidence base is slim and the book relies on marketing to fill the big gaps.

    12. It is a great book from great author "Dr. Tinto", which spent last 2 decades studying in depth the retention and persistence science.

    13. Dr. Tinto is amazing and this book continues the trend of sound research. I actually ordered a copy of the book for my personal library.

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