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Dr. Terry Piper served as Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University, Northridge from 2001 through 2010. Vice President Piper's leadership was marked by an unwavering focus on learning, devotion to student success and well-being, abiding pursuit of logic and rationality, and collaboration across all sectors of the university community. Dr. Piper's legacy challenges us to work as partners across campus to support student success. This lecture series serves to further that legacy.
Institutional improvement in rates of student success does not arise by chance, nor is it solely a reflection of good intentions. It requires a series of coordinated actions involving all segments and members of the institution. In this presentation, Professor Tinto will provide concrete examples of the sorts of actions institutions are taking to establish those conditions to best ensure that students not only succeed and complete college, but also learn while doing so.
Professor Tinto is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles. His current book, Completing College: Rethinking Institutional Action (2012) offers research-based ways to promote institutional dialogue about retention and student success. We are especially pleased to host Dr. Tinto at CSUN given his emphasis on translating academic research into practical steps that faculty, staff and administrators can take to enhance student success - mirroring a hallmark of Dr. Piper's legacy.
Dr. Vincent Tinto is Distinguished University Professor at Syracuse University. His scholarship addresses student retention and the impact of learning communities on student growth and degree attainment.