GSE Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2014

Publication Source

Journal of Student Affairs in Africa

Volume

2

Issue

2

Start Page

29

Last Page

38

DOI

10.14426/jsaa.v2i2.67

Abstract

Providing reflections on Prof. Vincent Tinto's South Africa lectures is an incredibly honour. Like countless other scholars and practitioners in the field of higher educatin administration, I have long relied on Tinto's work to provide a foundation for my own efforts to understand how to improve students' college-related outcomes. In his first lecture, Tinto reflects on the "flash of recognition" that occurred when he learned about Durkheim's theory of suicide. Similarly, I vividly remember reading the second edition of his book, Leaving College (University of Chicago Press), in my apartment in Ann Arbor when I was a doctoral student at the University of Michigan. The way that he used theory to inform his conceptual model of student departure was incredibly helpful to me, as I worked to understand how to conceptualise my dissertation study of the predictors of the choice of college that students attend. I am one of the many thousands who have cited this book — as well as many of Tinto's other incredibly useful publications — over the course of my career.

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Date Posted: 06 November 2017

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