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Burke, Adam – College and University, 2019
This literature review examines student retention in higher education institutions. Specifically, it looks at the background and history of student retention, three student retention theories, and current literature on student retention within the social system. The three theories are Spady's (1970, 1971) Undergraduate Dropout Process Model,…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Models, Higher Education, Learner Engagement
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Oliveira, Silas M. – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2018
Academic libraries have always strived to be purposively involved in the university's mission attainment efforts. Today, the increase of retention levels is paramount, and, in many cases, it is at the center of higher education institution's strategic plans. For Andrews University, for example, the goal is to reach 80% in the next five years. In…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Libraries, Librarians, Institutional Mission
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Aljohani, Othman – International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies, 2016
One of the major issues that concerns tertiary institutions around the world is the student retention rate. In general, higher rates of completion give more positive image about the academic, administrative and financial statues of these institutions. However, improving the student completion and retention rates can be a challenging task. One way…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Academic Persistence, International Studies
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Aljohani, Othman – Higher Education Studies, 2016
Student retention rate has been a major concern for tertiary institutions around the world since the establishment of formal education. Generally speaking, not every student completes his or her study program. Although students fail to graduate for different reasons, some of them choose to voluntarily withdraw from their study programs. This might…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Models, Academic Persistence, Literature Reviews
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McNairy, Francine G. – New Directions for Student Services, 1996
Examines challenges in retaining students of color and the urge by some reformers to "fix the student" rather than focusing on institutional change. Argues that institutional commitment to retention entails a willingness to revise policies, power relationships, curriculum, support services, campus climate, and environment. Offers recommendations…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Environment, College Students, Higher Education
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Cross, Theodore; And Others – Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 1995
Presents the statistical record of the progress of African Americans in institutions of higher education in the United States. Statistical indicators measure racial and educational inequality, higher education statistics in black African nations, the number of black students and scholars at colleges and universities in the United States, and the…
Descriptors: Blacks, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Demography
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Rendon, Laura I.; Nora, Amaury – Educational Record, 1988
At each education juncture, a significant number of Hispanic students drop out. Efforts must focus on improving rates of high school graduation, community college transfer, and student retention. Intervention strategies include dropout prevention, financial aid and college program, and exposure to fields in which they are underrepresented. (MLW)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, College Students, Community Colleges, Dropouts
Porter, Stephen R. – 2002
Almost all studies of retention inappropriately combine stopouts with transfer-outs because of a lack of data. The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) (formerly called the National Student Loan Clearinghouse) created a new database that tracks students across institutions. These data, in combination with institutional databases, now allow…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Students, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education
Earl, Archie W., Sr. – 1989
An examination of the effect of financial aid on college and university enrollment during a period of steady-state and decline is presented with a focus on the student's decision to go or not to go to college, to matriculate at a private or public college, to attend an in-state or out-of-state school, to transfer from a community college to a…
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, College Choice, College Graduates, Community Colleges
California State Univ., Long Beach. Office of the Chancellor. – 1983
The report is a comprehensive and descriptive reference source for California State University (CSU) administrators interested in various aspects of ethnic data. Section I is an introduction. Section II presents ethnic data drawn from the 1980 California census, discusses some of the problems in the use and interpretation of such data, and lists…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, American Indians, Asian Americans, Black Students
Ramist, Leonard – 1981
Research on college student attrition and retention is reviewed. Overall dropout rates and the reasons students give for dropping out are examined, and an attempt is made to assess the outcomes of going straight through college, as opposed to dropping out, temporarily leaving school, and not going to college at all. The demographic, academic,…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Attendance, College Environment, College Programs
Kezar, Adrianna J. – 1999
The literature on college students covers five themes: (1) financing, (2) disciplinary issues, (3) diversity, (4) retention, and (5) students' roles in campus innovations and change, although most of the literature is devoted to funding and student discipline. Most of the articles dealing with financing focus on the rising cost of tuition and…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Alcoholism, Cheating, College Students
State Univ. of New York, Saratoga Springs. Empire State Coll. – 1982
This position paper was written to answer a series of basic questions frequently asked about attrition and retention at Empire State College (ESC), New York. The questions addressed in the report are: (1) What is the attrition rate at ESC? (2) How does ESC's attrition rate compare to other colleges? (3) Who are the leavers? (4) When does attrition…
Descriptors: College Students, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Higher Education
Wright, Bobby – 1991
This paper reviews the history of higher education for Native Americans and proposes change strategies. Assimilation was the primary goal of higher education from early colonial times to the 20th century. Tribal response ranged from resistance to support of higher education. When the Federal Government began to dominate Native education in the…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indians
Bair, Carolyn Richert; Haworth, Jennifer Grant – 1999
Forty to sixty percent of students who begin doctorates in selective colleges and universities do not persist to graduation. Although numerous research studies have focused on doctoral attrition and persistence, there have been no systematic studies because, among other reasons, there are no nationwide databases on attrition as there are for…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Doctoral Degrees, Doctoral Dissertations, Dropout Research
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