College Student Retention

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-02-16
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Although access to higher education is virtually universally available, college student retention stills remains a vexing and puzzling problem for educators and legislators. In College Student Retention: Formula for Student Success, second edition, Alan Seidman deals with this problematic issue by examining a number of areas critical to the retention of students, including the history, the theories and concepts, models, and a standardized definition of the term. Seidman and his contributors also lay out the financial implications and trends of retention in one of their updated chapters. Completely new to this edition are three chapters that examine several recent issues: the current theories of retention, retention of online students, and retention in community colleges. Tying all of these components together, Seidman then presents his formula and highly successful model for student success that colleges can implement to effect change in retaining students and helping them to complete their academic and personal goals.

Author Biography

Alan Seidman is a core faculty member arid the General Self-Designed Specialization Coordinator with the Richard W. Riley College Education Leadership at Walden University, Minnesota. In addition, he is the executive director of Director of the Center for the Study of College Student Retention (

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Past to Present: A Historical Look at Retentionp. 7
Measurements of Persistencep. 35
Retention Theories, Models, and Conceptsp. 61
How to Define Retention: A New Look at an Old Problemp. 81
Finances and Retention: Trends and Potential Implicationsp. 101
Pre-College and Institutional Influences on Degree Attainmentp. 119
The Community College: Retention Trends and Issuesp. 147
Pathways to a Four-Year Degree: Determinants of Degree Completion among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Studentsp. 167
Online Student Retentionp. 211
Student Persistence and Degree Attainment beyond the First Year in College: Existing Knowledge and Directions for Future Researchp. 229
Moving from Theory to Action: A Model of Institutional Action for Student Successp. 251
Taking Action: A Retention Formula and Model for Student Successp. 267
Indexp. 285
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 295
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