||Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice
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IN PRAISE OF
“Finally we have a scholarly journal that will be devoted to one of
the most important and challenging problems for educational policy, practice
—Alexander Astin, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
“A timely journal for a crucial area that affects all segments of higher
—Joseph N. Hankin, President, Westchester Community College
Congratulations to the Journal for receiving a nomination from EARE for 2000 Best Article
Click to read the abstract of our article, Toward
a Theory of Minority Student Participation In Predominantly White Colleges
and Universities, written by Kenneth P. Gonzalez.
AIMS & SCOPE
The aim and scope of the Journal are to provide the educational
community, federal and state government officials, and the public with
the latest findings regarding the retention of students in higher education.
Although access to higher education is virtually universally available,
many students who start in a higher education program drop out prior to
completing a degree or achieving their individual academic and/or social
In response to student attrition, Colleges have developed intervention
programs and services to try to retain students. Over the years colleges
have spent vast amounts of money setting up programs and services for a
variety of groups who will attend their college and may be in need of extra
services to develop the necessary skills to graduate.
In spite of all of the programs and services to help retain students,
according to the U.S. Department of Education, Center for Educational Statistics,
only 50% of those who enter higher education actually earn a bachelors
degree. Enrollment management and the retention of students remain a top
priority of colleges, universities, and parents of students who are attending
college and of students themselves.
The Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory &
Practice provides the educational community, federal
and state governmental officials, and the general public a medium to exhibit
and explore the complex issue of student retention and attrition. The Journal
features articles pertaining to current and new theoretical constructs
and current research on student retention and attrition in higher education.
In addition, the Journal provides practitioners a forum to highlight
and disseminate to the educational community, current practices, programs
and services, which help students persist through academic and personal
Articles and Topics
The Need for This Journal
Current U.S. retention figures have not improved over time, even
with large amounts of money expended by colleges and universities on programs
and services to retain students. Programs and services include orientation,
career and life planning, academic advisement and the development of enrollment
management and first year program teams.
- Current retention theory and practice research
- Future trends in retention theory and practice
- Current research studies pertaining to retention and attrition theory and practice
- Identification of enrollment management and retention problems
- Description of programs and services which help students persist through academic and personal goal completion
- Application of current theory and practice to national and local problems
- Application of retention theory and practice to non-traditional students and distance education
In spite of these programs and services, retention figures have not
improved. In fact, only about 66% of high school graduates attend college
and about 50% of those who attend college earn a bachelor degree. Put in
real numbers, about 2,800,000 students will graduate from high school this
year, 1,850,000 go to college and only 925,000 of these students will earn
a bachelor degree. Colleges are looking for ways to keep the students that
they recruit through academic and personal goal completion.
The Journal provides the educational community with current theoretical
foundations, research and practice results, which will help educators and
institutions to retain students through academic, and personal goal completion.
FEATURES & DEPARTMENTS
- Refereed Articles
- Occasional Commentary
- Guest Editorials
- Book Reviews
- Correspondence Section
- Guest Edited Special Topic Issues
Four- and two-year college administrators including presidents, vp/deans
of academic, student services and enrollment management, deans/directors
of academic, students, enrollment management and admissions, vp/deans and
directors of first-year student programs and faculty members. Federal and
state government officials as well as parents of college bound students.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Dr. Alan Seidman has over thirty years of experience in education as a college
administrator, educational consultant and elementary school teacher. In
addition to creating and editing the
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, he
has published articles in scholarly journals in the area of retention and
attrition, student services, the community college, enrollment management and
has given presentations on these topics at local, state, regional and national
conferences. In addition to the journal, Dr. Seidman created the Center
for the Study of College Student Retention web site,
devoted to college student retention. The web site contains information about
the Journal, a retention
discussion list (retentionlist) with over 1,500 members world wide, a retention
reference list with over 600 references and a retention slide show. Dr. Seidman
earned his B.A. & M.A. from Glassboro State College, NJ and his Ed.D. in
educational administration from Syracuse University, NY.
ABSTRACTED & INDEXED IN
- EBSCO Publishing Databases
- Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
- Elsevier BV Bibliographic Databases
- Higher Education Abstracts
- International Bibliography of Book Review of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (IBR)
- International Bibliography of Periodical Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (IBZ)
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice is a peer refereed journal.
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