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Completing College

Author : Vincent Tinto
ISBN : 9780226804545
Genre : Education
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Even as the number of students attending college has more than doubled in the past forty years, it is still the case that nearly half of all college students in the United States will not complete their degree within six years. It is clear that much remains to be done toward improving student success. For more than twenty years, Vincent Tinto’s pathbreaking book Leaving College has been recognized as the definitive resource on student retention in higher education. Now, with Completing College, Tinto offers administrators a coherent framework with which to develop and implement programs to promote completion. Deftly distilling an enormous amount of research, Tinto identifies the essential conditions enabling students to succeed and continue on within institutions. Especially during the early years, he shows that students thrive in settings that pair high expectations for success with structured academic, social, and financial support, provide frequent feedback and assessments of their performance, and promote their active involvement with other students and faculty. And while these conditions may be worked on and met at different institutional levels, Tinto points to the classroom as the center of student education and life, and therefore the primary target for institutional action. Improving retention rates continues to be among the most widely studied fields in higher education, and Completing College carefully synthesizes the latest research and, most importantly, translates it into practical steps that administrators can take to enhance student success.
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Completing College

Author : Doug Shapiro
ISBN : OCLC:1065552972
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College completion, earning a degree or certificate, is considered to be a key college success outcome, supported by every educational policymaker. Yet, institutions and policymakers in the U.S. know surprisingly little about the rates of completion for students who follow all but the most traditional of postsecondary pathways. This is because traditional graduation rate calculations are institution based and only count students who finish at the same institution where they started. Building on findings from previous reports in the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center's "Signature Report" series, this new report measures this key college success outcome--rates of first completion--encompassing postsecondary credentials of all levels and types at any institution in any state, whether it is the first, second, third, or more, attended. This report draws on the Clearinghouse database's near-census national coverage of enrollments and awarded degrees to explore the six-year outcomes of a cohort of first-time-in-college degree-seeking students who started in fall 2006 (N=1,878,484). It enhances the traditional graduation rate by reporting in four key ways: (1) Student completion anywhere, beyond institutional boundaries, across state lines, and over time; (2) Persistence anywhere, not just at the starting institution, for those who have not yet completed but are still pursuing a degree; (3) College outcomes broken out by student age at first entry and enrollment intensity, thus addressing questions about the role of students' varied postsecondary pathways in progress toward national completion goals; and (4) Enrollment intensity based on the enrollment status in all terms of enrollment, and not just the first term. Specifically, this report examines: (1) Six-year college outcomes, including the first instance of degree or certificate completion (first completion), persistence, and stop-out. Outcomes are broken out by students' age at first entry, students' enrollment intensity, enrollment intensity within each age group, and type of starting institution; (2) Six-year college outcomes for students who started at four-year public institutions, at two-year public institutions, at four-year private nonprofit institutions, and at four-year private for-profit institutions; and (3) Patterns of completion across state lines, broken out by students' enrollment intensity, students' age at first entry, and enrollment intensity within each age group. The findings presented in this report show that within six years, 12.1 percent of first-time-in-college degree-seeking students who enrolled in fall 2006 completed a degree or certificate at an institution other than their starting institution, raising the overall completion rate from 42.0 percent to 54.1 percent. Mixed enrollment students completed at an institution other than their starting institution at a higher rate (14.6 percent) than exclusively full-time (10.6 percent) and exclusively part-time (3.1 percent) students. Appended are: (1) Methodological Notes; (2) Coverage Tables; and (3) Results Tables. (Contains 29 figures, 34 tables, and 5 footnotes.).

How To Succeed In College

Author : Mark J. Mach
ISBN : 1578861624
Genre : Education
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Here is a concisely written, easy-to-read, user-friendly, and down-to-earth guidebook for planning all phases of academic success in college. It addresses a range of unsolved mysteries regarding how to succeed in college such as: finding your own niche; selecting majors; whether to transfer schools; what internships are all about and why they are an important part of your success in college; how to effectively plan out your course curriculum; and finally, shedding some light on that elusive and timeless question of "What am I going to do with the rest of my life?"
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Completing College

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ISBN : 1878477536
Genre : College attendance
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"The report examines retention and degree attainment of 210,056 first-time, full-time students at 356 four-year non-profit institutions, using a combination of CIRP (Cooperative Institutional Research Program) Freshman Survey data and student graduation data from the National Student Clearinghouse"--Publisher's web site.
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Crossing The Finish Line

Author : William G. Bowen
ISBN : 9781400831463
Genre : Education
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The United States has long been a model for accessible, affordable education, as exemplified by the country's public universities. And yet less than 60 percent of the students entering American universities today are graduating. Why is this happening, and what can be done? Crossing the Finish Line provides the most detailed exploration ever of college completion at America's public universities. This groundbreaking book sheds light on such serious issues as dropout rates linked to race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Probing graduation rates at twenty-one flagship public universities and four statewide systems of public higher education, the authors focus on the progress of students in the entering class of 1999--from entry to graduation, transfer, or withdrawal. They examine the effects of parental education, family income, race and gender, high school grades, test scores, financial aid, and characteristics of universities attended (especially their selectivity). The conclusions are compelling: minority students and students from poor families have markedly lower graduation rates--and take longer to earn degrees--even when other variables are taken into account. Noting the strong performance of transfer students and the effects of financial constraints on student retention, the authors call for improved transfer and financial aid policies, and suggest ways of improving the sorting processes that match students to institutions. An outstanding combination of evidence and analysis, Crossing the Finish Line should be read by everyone who cares about the nation's higher education system.
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Completing College

Author : Luca Gerb
ISBN : 1717888224
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Completing The Dissertation

Author : Ronald W. Holmes, Ph.D.
ISBN : 9781496931030
Genre : Self-Help
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Ph.D. Graduates’ Advice to Students for Completing the Dissertation Be very organized and disciplined. Create a schedule much like a course syllabus outlining what you will be working on every week and approach the dissertation like it is a course. President of Clarion University, Dr. Karen M. Whitney Select a topic of great interest to you and others in the field. Focus all of your papers and research during the time that you are taking classes on that topic to the extent that you can. Select a chair who has an interest in your topic. Stay away from departmental or university politics. Find a buddy/partner who can help keep you on track with completion. Devote some time every week to research and writing. Seek help and expertise where you need it and focus laser-like on finishing. President Emeritus of Cuyahoga Community College, Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton. Realize that no matter how hard you work, there is always going to be something imperfect about your dissertation. There is no perfect research study. When you realize that, it is easier to push forward and complete the project. Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Mary Triana Do what your committee members tell you when it comes to choosing your dissertation topic and carrying out the study. If you say to your members that you want to study horses in Northeast Chicago and they tell you to study cats in Southwest Chicago, that’s what you do. Associate Professor of Bentley University, Dr. Marcus Stewart Do something on the dissertation every day. Don’t wait until you have a large block of time to work on the dissertation because you might never get that large block of time again, especially if you are teaching, raising a family or doing something else. President of University of Virginia, Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan
Category: Self-Help