From scholars working in a variety of institutional and geographic contexts and with a wide range of student populations, Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs offers perspectives on how writing programs can support or hinder students’ transitions to college. The contributors present individual and program case studies, student surveys, a wealth of institutional retention data, and critical policy analysis.
Rates of student retention in higher education are a widely acknowledged problem: although approximately 66 percent of high school graduates begin college, of those who attend public four-year institutions, only about 80 percent return the following year, with 58 percent graduating within six years. At public two-year institutions, only 60 percent of students return, and fewer than a third graduate within three years. Less commonly known is the crucial effect of writing courses on these statistics.
First-year writing is a course that virtually all students have to take; thus, writing programs are well-positioned to contribute to larger institutional conversations regarding retention and persistence and should offer themselves as much-needed sites for advocacy, research, and curricular innovation. Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs is a timely resource for writing program administrators as well as for new writing teachers, advisors, administrators, and state boards of education.
Contributors: Matthew Bridgewater, Cristine Busser, Beth Buyserie, Polina Chemishanova, Michael Day, Bruce Feinstein, Patricia Freitag Ericsson, Nathan Garrett, Joanne Baird Giordano, Tawanda Gipson, Sarah E. Harris, Mark Hartlaub, Holly Hassel, Jennifer Heinert, Ashley J. Holmes, Rita Malenczyk, Christopher P. Parker, Cassandra Phillips, Anna Plemons, Pegeen Reichert Powell, Marc Scott, Robin Snead, Sarah Elizabeth Snyder, Sara Webb-Sunderhaus, Susan Wolff Murphy