Download full text
Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ930393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 0
Student Retention: A Reply to Frank Daley
Doughty, Howard A.
College Quarterly, v13 n3 Sum 2010
This article presents the author's response to Frank Daley. Frank Daley begins with the claim that education is more important than health, war and the economy. The author supposes that in some sense professor Daley may be right. Professor Daley, however, seems to mean something more specific. He is interested in college and university education, which is more problematic. When thinking about student retention, the author argues that it is possible to focus on the individual student. This is something that Professor Daley does splendidly in his work with students. He and his colleagues really do help students to change their own lives, to become focused, attentive and thoughtful in their efforts to define and achieve meaningful goals. Here, the author offers a complementary set of concerns. In addition to looking at the individual student and risking the problem of taking the nature of college programs and the designated role of official education in the perpetuation of the fundamental structures of social reproduction and control, the author contends that it is important to see education in a larger context. While it is important for students to reform themselves, there is at least as much to be done in interrogating and redesigning the society to which they are being asked to adapt and into which they are expected to integrate.
Descriptors: College Programs, School Holding Power, Higher Education, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Colleges, Universities
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. 1750 Finch Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario M2J 2X5, Canada. Tel: 416-491-5050; Fax: 905-479-4561; Web site: http://www.collegequarterly.ca
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A