SOCIAL SCIENCES

The College Dropout Scandal

Oxford Univ. Aug. 2019. 184p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780190862213. $24.95. ED
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Kirp (Goldman Sch. of Public Policy, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Improbable Scholars) discusses ways in which postsecondary institutions can support students who might be at risk of dropping out. The author provides detailed case studies of a variety of institutions (private colleges, large and small state universities, and community colleges) where policies have reduced dropout rates, and he speaks with students, faculty, and administrators to examine the positive effects of these policies. Karp explores examples of active mentoring and advising, using data analysis to determine which students most need help, creating a sense of community for students, and encouraging a growth mind-set. This comprehensive work would pair well with Todd Ruecker and others' Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs, which focuses on writing programs while also emphasizing the importance of community and a growth mind-set.
VERDICT Kirp's in-depth assessment is recommended for readers interested in student retention, student services and support, and academic culture.

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