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Evaluating the Student Retention Program of Oregon State University Using Vincent Tinto's Model of Student Departure

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dc.contributor.advisor Lach, Denise
dc.creator Walker, Kellie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-05T22:10:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-05T22:10:15Z
dc.date.copyright 2011-12-15
dc.date.issued 2012-01-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/26481
dc.description 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract Retention, the ability of an institution to retain students through degree completion, is a major concern for most colleges and universities. The current first to second year retention rate at Oregon State University (OSU) is about 80% (OUS 2008; 2011). Currently the OSU Strategic Plan includes the goal of increasing first to second year institutional retention to 85% by 2013 (OSU 2009). My research attempts an evaluation of the overall university retention effort. This analysis will not attempt to evaluate the effects of individual retention programs, but whether the combination of programs is theoretically sound using Vincent Tinto’s (1993) interactionalist model of student departure as a framework. The following questions guide the evaluation: (1) Are the campus wide OSU retention program efforts designed to address the interactional needs identified by Tinto (1993) as central to increasing retention? and, (2) What additional retention efforts does the Tinto (1993) model suggest to ensure the effectiveness of OSU retention efforts? Findings indicate that the campus wide OSU retention program efforts are designed to address the interactional needs identified by Tinto (1993) as central to increasing retention. However, upon closer inspection it is clear that gaps exists in providing long-term interactions and addressing external factors. Policy recommendations include follow up contacts for students participating in general retention programs, addressing external obligations via providing help with child care, providing for further family involvement throughout the school year, and making at least one orientation activity mandatory for all new students. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Student Retention en_US
dc.subject Higher Education Policy en_US
dc.title Evaluating the Student Retention Program of Oregon State University Using Vincent Tinto's Model of Student Departure en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Liberal Arts en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Engle, Molly
dc.contributor.committeemember Sanderson, Rebecca


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