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Renowned student retention expert to visit NMSU

Vincent Tinto, a renowned author and international expert on student retention, student success and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment, will visit New Mexico State University Friday, Nov. 11.



Vincent Tinto, PhD, renowned expert on student retention

work with athletics and enrollment management personnel to begin campuswide discussions of issues affecting student retention.


"The department of athletics is proud to invite and sponsor Dr. Tinto's visit to NMSU," said Athletics Director McKinley Boston. "One of our core focus goals is that NMSU student-athletes be successful students, athletes and citizens. Our department believes that in order to accomplish this goal, we must work together in a collegial way with the academic community to understand our common challenges toward achieving our goal. We must also understand and find the best practices that allow us to work together in implementing new solutions that will benefit student-athletes and our entire undergraduate population."

"We're going into a full year of self-evaluation related to a student's first-year experience," said Brad Bankhead, NMSU associate vice president for enrollment management. "To kick off the year with perhaps the most renowned author of student success will help us lay the foundation to accelerate this process."

Tinto, who received his doctorate in education and sociology from the University of Chicago, is a distinguished university professor and chair of the higher education program at Syracuse University. He has written extensively on higher education, particularly on student retention and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment.

His current research, funded by a grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education, focuses on the impact of learning communities on the academic achievements of underprepared college students in urban two- and four-year colleges.

Tinto's itinerary for his Nov. 11 visit includes breakfast with Provost William Flores and other key campus leaders, a student focus group from nine until 10:30 a.m., and a workshop on student success from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. All three events will take place at the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse. Lunch will be included in the student success workshop. People who are interested in attending the student success workshop should contact Cynda Clary, special assistant to the provost, at (505) 646-2307.

Tinto will conclude his visit by meeting with NMSU's student retention advisory team, the Foundations of Excellence task force, college deans and associate deans, and the student services departments. That meeting will take place from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium.