Bridging the Gaps in Retention


  • Arturo Pacheco University of Texas at El Paso


Metropolitan Universities, Student Retention, First Generation Students, Minority Students, Older Students, Working Students, Commuter Students, Student Involvement


After a brief review of some of the literature on retention, the author examines some of the major issues in retention on urban campuses with high numbers of first-generation minority students, older students, working students, and students who commute to campus. He explores how Astin s notion of student involvement and Tinto s concept of academic and social integration pertains to such campuses, and describes some programmatic interventions designed to improve retention. The author concludes that broadlybased partnerships with public schools constitute a significant factor in efforts to improve retention in the urban university.