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Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice

Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice

Alan Seidman Executive Director, Center for the Study of College Student Retention,

eISSN: 15414167 | ISSN: 15210251 | Current volume: 21 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

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 goal completion.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The goal of the Journal is 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 goals.

Alan Seidman Executive Director, Center for the Study of College Student Retention,
Editorial Board
Peter Armacost Eckerd College, US, USA
Alexander Astin University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Robert Atwell American Council on Education, USA
John P. Bean Indiana University, USA
John M. Braxton Vanderbilt University, USA
Don G. Creamer Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
K. Patricia Cross University of California, Berkeley, USA
Charles Eberly Eastern Illinois University, USA
Linda Serra Hagedorn Iowa State University, USA
Joeseph N. Hankin Westchester Community College, USA
Cynthia Johnson California State University, Long Beach, USA
D. Bruce Johnston State University of New York, Buffalo, USA
David Kalsbeek DePaul University, USA
Frances Mertz Farleigh Dickinson University, USA
Amaury Nora University of Texas, Arlington, USA
Ernest Pascarella University of Iowa, USA
Arthur Sandeen University of Florida, USA
John Schuh Iowa State University, USA
Vincent Tinto Syracuse University, USA
M. Lee Upcraft Pennsylvania State University, USA
Book Review Editor
Willis Jones University of Kentucky, USA
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