UA Summit on Retention

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff assembled to examine ways to create conditions for greater persistence and completion.

Session summaries

Session I

Opening of Summit: Remarks by Dr. Vincent Tinto, "Creating Conditions for Persistence and Completion: Setting the Stage for The University of Akron's Retention and Completion Plan" 

Purpose: Based on University of Akron data, research, programs and practice, Dr. Tinto addressed best practices in retention and completion, and the areas that may fit best with our campus culture. He helped us integrate proven concepts, innovative ideas and the contributions of faculty, staff and students into an actionable retention and completion plan.


  See Dr. Vicent's remarks (UANet ID required).

Session II

Address to Summit Sponsors: Remarks by Dr. Tinto, "Creating a Culture of Persistence and Completion"

Purpose: Dr. Tinto draws upon his experience and scholarship, as well as what he has learned from the morning discussions, to assist Summit sponsors in creating the conditions that best enable success of retention and completion efforts.

Session III

Special Session on Learning Communities

Purpose: Dr. Tinto is a leading authority on learning communities and shared the elements of highly successful learning communities and advice on how to apply these ideas to the learning communities program at UA to enhance overall effectiveness with students.

Call to Action

Purpose: Dr. Tinto discusses the critical importance of implementation strategies for retention and completion initiatives. Dr. Tinto reflected on all he heard and learned throughout the Summit to help us design an action plan and timeline for successful implementation.

Dr. Vincent Tinto

Dr. Vincent TintoThe summit speaker was Dr. Vincent Tinto, a nationally recognized authority on retention issues.

Tinto is the author of three books on the subject, including "Completing College: Rethinking Institutional Action," published in 2012.

Tinto’s conditions for student success

Clear, consistent and accurate information for students
High expectations

Academic Support

  • Pre-college interventions
  • Student success course
  • Contextualized academic support
    • Supplemental instruction
    • Learning communities
    • Course re-design

Social Support

  • Counselors
  • Mentors
  • Cohort programs
  • First-year learning communities
  • Student organizations

Assessment and Feedback

  • Entry assessment and placement
  • Early warning
  • Classroom assessment


  • Contact with students, faculty and staff
  • Cooperative learning, Problem/Project-based learning
  • “Flipped” classrooms
  • Service learning

Additional resources

This page contains a wealth of articles, reports and books on the subject of retention.