Efforts on most campuses do not go far enough to promote student retention, especially for first-year students. Add-on classes that are disconnected from one another cannot give students the cohesive environment they need to connect with faculty, staff, and other students. What are needed are learning environments, such as learning communities, that actively involve students, faculty members, and staff in shared learning activities.
Vincent Tinto is Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Higher Education Program at Syracuse University. He can be reached by writing the program at the School of Education, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 13244 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.