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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-2

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1. Introduction: Retention, Persistence, and Writing: Expanding the Conversation

Todd Ruecker, Dawn Shepherd, Heidi Estrem, and Beth Brunk-Chavez

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pp. 3-18

“Colleges are Failing in Graduation Rates.” “It’s Bonus Time for Arizona University Presidents.” “Keep Students, Earn More.” These headlines have something in common: higher education’s increased concern over student retention and graduation in recent years, a concern that has...

Part 1: Writing, Retention, and Broader Policy Contexts

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2. Retention ≠ Panopticon: What WPAs Should Bring to the Table in Discussions of Student Success

Rita Malenczyk

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pp. 21-37

I begin this chapter with two stories. The first concerns my oldest son, Sam (and I have his permission to recount the following). In 2013, after graduating from high school, Sam entered the University of Vermont (UVM) as an engineering major, something he felt would allow him...

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3. Beyond Coordination: Building Collaborative Partnerships to Support Institutional-Level Retention Initiatives in Writing Programs

Ashley J. Holmes and Cristine Busser

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pp. 38-55

National conversations surrounding student retention rates place increasing pressures on university administrators to fix “problems” with students dropping out or not finishing at an institutionally defined, preferred rate. However, in Retention and Resistance, Pegeen Reichert Powell...

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4. Big Data and Writing Program Retention Assessment: What We Need to Know

Marc Scott

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pp. 56-73

A student at a regional university in the Midwest wakes up in time to exercise before her second semester composition course.1 On her walk to the gym, she glances at her phone, notices her unread emails, ignores them, and checks Twitter and Yik Yak before arriving at the gym where...

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5. The Imperative of Pedagogical and Professional Development to Support the Retention of Underprepared Students at Open-Access Institutions

Joanne Giordano, Holly Hassel, Jennifer Heinert, and Cassandra Phillips

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pp. 74-92

In 2009, Pegeen Reichert Powell drew attention to the underdeveloped relationship between research on retention and scholarship in writing studies (Reichert Powell 2009), and Patrick Sullivan’s (2008) work has critiqued the assumptions underpinning “success” in national conversations...

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6. How Student Performance in First-Year Composition Predicts Retention and Overall Student Success

Nathan Garrett, Matthew Bridgewater, and Bruce Feinstein

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pp. 93-113

These findings show that a higher education degree is not only becoming more critical than ever, but that the road to that degree is surprisingly perilous and uncertain. While the research mentioned above brings a sense of urgency to retention issues, it’s important to...

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7. “Life Gets in the Way”: The Case of a Seventh-Year Senior

Sara Webb-Sunderhaus

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pp. 114-132

In an April 2012 interview, Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who chairs the US House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, was asked about her college experience and finances. Interest rates on student loans were set to double on July 1, 2012, and there was...

Part 2: Writing Program Initiatives That Matter

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8. Absolute Hospitality in the Writing Program

Pegeen Reichert Powell

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pp. 135-150

I came to research retention as a teacher, wondering whether there was anything I could do, in the classroom, to prevent students from leaving college before graduation. The answer I arrived at after several years of research and writing is “no.” As I argue elsewhere, some students...

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9. Retention, Critical Pedagogy, and Students as Agents: Eschewing the Deficit Model

Beth Buyserie, Anna Plemons, and Patricia Freitag Ericsson

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pp. 151-166

Although common knowledge in composition studies has long held that first-year composition (FYC) plays an important role in student retention, proof for that belief is scarce. In Fall 2008, composition faculty and advocates from a number of student support units at Washington State...

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10. Reconfiguring the Writing Studio Model: Examining the Impact of the PlusOne Program on Student Performance and Retention

Polina Chemishanova and Robin Snead

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pp. 167-184

Given the increasing public demand for accountability, expectations of demonstrating the “value added” outcome of a college education, and the decreasing state funding for public higher education, not surprisingly, issues of retention, student persistence, and graduation rank are...

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11. Retention Rates of Second Language Writers and Basic Writers: A Comparison within the Stretch Program Model

Sarah Elizabeth Snyder

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pp. 185-203

Although many basic writing programs enroll second language (L2 or multilingual) writers, there is no evidence to suggest that basic writing program design is also beneficial for L2 writers. One program that currently enrolls L2 writers in a basic writing program model is the Stretch...

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12. The Kairotic Classroom: Retention Discourse and Supplemental Instruction in the First Year

Sarah E. Harris

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pp. 204-218

Though education researchers have long been interested in retention, the public and political discourse surrounding graduation rates, time to degree, and the general ability of colleges and universities to keep students enrolled has seen a substantial increase over the last two decades...

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13. Enhancing Alliances and Joining Initiatives to Help Students: The Story of How We Created Developmental Learning Communities at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

Susan Wolff Murphy and Mark G. Hartlaub

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pp. 219-236

Improving first-year student persistence, especially at a regional, public, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), is an ethical imperative determined by our university’s mission and vision; by our institutional and state history; by our individual callings as faculty; by the field of composition’s...

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14. Undergraduate Mentors as Agents of Engagement: Peer Advocates in First-Year Writing Courses

Michael Day, Tawanda Gipson, and Christopher P. Parker

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pp. 237-256

Faced with declining enrollments and decreasing persistence to graduation, many colleges and universities are struggling to discover and implement new strategies that will attract new students and provide existing students not only with academic support but also with activities that will...

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15. Afterword: Navigating the Complexities of Persistence and Retention

Linda Adler-Kassner

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pp. 257-270

Here’s a hypothetical that will likely sound familiar to many readers of this collection. Southwestern Central State is a regional comprehensive university with an undergraduate population of about 18,000 students. Most of the students at Southwestern come from the home state...

About the Authors

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pp. 271-274

Index

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pp. 275-278