Colleges as Communities : Taking Research on Student Persistence Seriously

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Few fields in higher education have received as much attention as student persistence. Over the past twenty years, we have assembled a wide-ranging database of studies covering a variety of institutional settings and types of students. At the same time, we have developed and modified a theory of student persistence that has repeatedly been shown to help explain the causal processes that lead students to leave their institutions prior to degree completion. Though far from complete, this body of research and theory has resulted in a growing consensus among researchers and theorists alike about the major forces shaping student persistence. On a number of points, it now can be said that we do know what factors influence persistence

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  • ISSN: 0162-5748
  • PUI: 127337141
  • SGR: 0031283596
  • PMID: 9803831
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0031283596
  • ISBN: 1090-7009


  • Vincent Tinto

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