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Student Retention: Books

Resources for faculty related to student retention


Print Books

The following books are available for checkout at the CCS libraries. You can request books from SCC or elsewhere to be delivered for pickup to SFCC or your nearest distance learning center by clicking on the "Request this Item" link.

Beyond access : methods and models for increasing retention and learning among minority students / Steven R. Aragon, editor

Completing college : rethinking institutional action / Vincent Tinto

Increasing persistence : research-based strategies for college student success / Wesley R. Habley, Jennifer L. Bloom, Steve Robbins

Leveling the playing field : promoting academic success for students of color / Irene Harris Johnson, Allen J. Ottens, editors
Includes several relevant articles, such as "Evaluation as empowerment: using evaluation strategies to improve retention of regulary admitted students of color" by Francesca G. Giordano.

Responding to the challenges of developmental education / Carol A. Kozeracki, editor
Includes the essay "Using theory and research to improve access and retention in developmental education" by Jeanne L. Higbee et al.

The role student aid plays in enrollment management / Michael D. Coomes, editor
Includes the essay "The impact of student aid on recruitment and retention: what the research indicates" by Edward P. St. John

Student development in the first college year : a primer for college educators / Tracy L. Skipper
Includes the relevant short chapter "Models of Student Retention"

Student retention success models in higher education / Clinita Arnsby Ford, editor

Student tracking in the community college / Trudy H. Bers, editor
Includes the essay "Retention tracking using institutional data" by Fred Lillibridge

Students speak : are we listening? : starting right in the community college / by Kay M. McClenney & Arleen Arnsparger


The following books can be read online or downloaded to your iOS, Android, or other portable devices. For more information on how to use these eBooks, see the Getting Started with EBSCOhost eBooks guide.

Building the successful online course / Kenneth Layne Haley and Karen Heise
See especially "Part IV: Building Retention in Online Instruction."

Hybrid learning : the perils and promise of blending online and face-to-face instruction in higher education / Jason Allen Snart
Includes sections on "Improving Student Retention, Success, and Completion" and "Retaining Students Online: What Do We Know?".

Institutional transformation to engage a diverse student body / Malcolm Tight and Liz Thomas
See especially chapter two, "Engaging Students to Improve Retention and Success."

Leaving early : undergraduate non-completion in higher education / Mantz Yorke

Retaining African Americans in higher education : challenging paradigms for retaining black students, faculty, and administrators / Lee Jones

Retention and student success in higher education / Mantz Yorke

Teaching unprepared students : strategies for promoting success and retention in higher education / Kathleen F. Gabriel

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