Leaving College: Rethinking the causes and cures of student attrition

V. Tinto


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This book by Vincent Tinto looks at factors, trends, and patterns students who leave higher education. He begins the piece by outlining dimensions and consequences of a student departing from college and continues by noting the limitations of the current understanding of student departure from college. The research then launches into an analysis of who enters and leaves higher education from an individual standpoint. In this analysis, Tinto looks at both individual and interactional factors, including a section on the financial aspects of school. Tinto ends by observing educational communities – including student involvement – and educational missions.

APA Citation

Tinto, V. (1993). Leaving college: Rethinking the causes and cures of student attrition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

About the Study

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Publication Type Book
In Publication University of Chicago Press
Type of Research Mixed methods
Research Design Interviews, Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)
Intervention/Areas of Study Other
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined
Peer-Reviewed No
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest Degree attainment, Retention
Student Sample Size 500 +
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