Completing College: Rethinking Institutional Action by Vincent TintoCompleting College: Rethinking Institutional Action by Vincent Tinto

Completing College: Rethinking Institutional Action

byVincent Tinto

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

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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.

Vincent Tinto is distinguished professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University. He is the author of Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition and coauthor of Where Colleges Are and Who Attends.
Title:Completing College: Rethinking Institutional ActionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:283 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226804526

ISBN - 13:9780226804521

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Read for Educators If you work in post secondary, this is a must read! I would even suggest it would be valuable for high school educators who are interested in seeing what theories and practice their students will be learning through post graduation. Tinto is brilliant as always and explains things clearly with great examples.
Date published: 2016-11-14

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Expectations
Chapter Three: Support
Chapter Four:  Assessment and Feedback
Chapter Five: Involvement
Chapter Six: Administrative Action
Chapter Seven: Enhancing Student Success

Appendix A: Retention and Persistence
Appendix B: Retention and Accountability


Editorial Reviews

"In Completing College, Vincent Tinto offers a framework for organizing institutional policies and practices that the research on educational attainment and his experience with different types of colleges and universities suggest can positively influence student persistence and degree attainment. . . . Tightly constructed and lucidly crafted, the book opens with a well-researched brief on why college matters to both individuals and the larger society followed by a succinct overview of the four institutional conditions Tinto asserts lead to completing a program of study. An informative text for higher education and student affairs graduate programs."