Increasing Persistence : Research-Based Strategies for College Student Success

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-09-04
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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This groundbreaking book offers a compendium on college student persistence that bridges the gap between concept, theory, and research to successful practice. The book is anchored by the American College Testing organization's What Works in Student Retention survey of 1,100 colleges and universities, which provides insights on the causes of attrition and identifies retention interventions most likely to enhance student persistence. It also includes decision-makers and practitioners with evidence-based interventions and best practices for improving student persistence.

Author Biography

Wesley R. Habley is principal associate in educational services and coordinator of State Organizations at ACT, Inc. He is also coeditor of Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook from Jossey-Bass.

Jennifer L. Bloom is clinical professor and director of the Master's Degree Program in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina.

Steve Robbins is principal research scientist in the Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness and Success. Formerly, Robbins served as vice president of research at ACT, and as professor and chair of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
The Authorsp. xxix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxxiii
What Do We Know About Retention and Persistence to Degree?p. 1
Defining, Refining Perspectives on Student Successp. 3
Overview of Theoretical Perspectives on Student Successp. 19
The Case for Intensified Campus Effortsp. 41
The Demographic Challengep. 43
Public and Private Benefits of Collegep. 63
Retention or Recruitment: Examining the Return on Investmentp. 79
Core Components of Student Successp. 99
Institutional Culture and Student Engagementp. 101
Academic Preparationp. 117
Psychosocial Characteristicsp. 137
Career Developmentp. 161
Assessing the Impact of Academic, Psychosocial, and Career Development Factors on College Student Successp. 181
Proven Student Success Practicesp. 211
Historical Perspective on What Works in Student Retentionp. 213
Assessment and Course Placementp. 235
Development Education Initiativesp. 255
Academic Advisingp. 283
First-Year Transition Programsp. 311
Making Student Success a Priorityp. 335
Expanding the Retention Framework: Implications for Public and Institutional Policyp. 337
Creating a Student Success Culturep. 363
Leading the Campus to Student Successp. 383
What Works in Student Retention, 2004 Surveyp. 397
What Works in Student Retention?p. 411
Referencesp. 425
Name Indexp. 453
Subject Indexp. 459
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