How “Good” is Your Institution's Retention Rate?

@article{Astin1997HowI,
  title={How “Good” is Your Institution's Retention Rate?},
  author={Alexander W. Astin},
  journal={Research in Higher Education},
  year={1997},
  volume={38},
  pages={647-658}
}
Attempts to assess institutional performance by means of retention rates, student performance on standardized tests, and other raw outcome measures are seriously flawed because such measures fail to take into account the powerful effect of student inputs. In this study, national longitudinal retention data on 52,898 students attending 365 baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities are used to generate formulas for estimating any institution's expected retention rate based on its students… CONTINUE READING

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