Professor Emeritus Vincent Tinto
Distinguished University Professor at Syracuse University and the former Chair of the Higher Education Program. His book, Leaving College, published by the University of Chicago Press, lays out a theory and policy perspective on student success that is considered the benchmark by which work on these issues are judged. A central part of his work is his the longitudinal model of institutional departure
Student success does not happen by accident
The impact of theory and research on institutional practice
After describing the origins of his now widely recognized theory of student retention and the changes that have taken place since its development, Professor Tinto argues that additional modifications have to be made to improve its usefulness for today’s universities. Having done so, he then details the types of actions universities should take to improve the success of their students, not the least of which is the need to ensure student success within the classrooms of the university. A key principle of such action is that it does not arise by chance, but is the product of an intentional, structured, and coordinated approach that brings together a range of programs, offices, and people across the university.