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Dr. Tiffany Beth Mfume is the Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Retention at Morgan State University where herleadership has helped to promote ten point increases in both retention and graduation rates. The Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Retention manages new student and parent orientation, placement testing, Starfish Retention Solutions’ Early Alert and Connect systems, academic advisement, financial literacy, alumni mentoring, and academic recovery among other programs and services. Dr. Mfume is author of the nationally recognized book, What Works at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Nine Strategies for Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates, published in 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield.
Chapter 1: Graduation Rates 101
Chapter 2: The College Completion Agenda
Chapter 3: The Politics of College Rankings
Chapter 4: College Attrition and the “Value Added” Proposition
Chapter 5: HBCUs, MSIs, and the College Completion Game
Chapter 6: Case Studies: Stories of College Attrition and Student Success
Chapter 7: College Attrition and the Popular Culture
Chapter 8: Half-Full and Half-Empty: The Completers vs. the Non-Completers
Chapter 9: It’s Not a Deficit Model: Increasing Retention and Fostering Completion
Chapter 10: What’s Next: Changing the Paradigm
About the Author
The College Completion Glass—Half-full or Half-Empty should be required reading for parents, teachers, policy makers and anyone else who cares about the next generation of Americans. With great clarity and unwavering attention to the evidence, Tiffany Mfume not only explains why college is so important and how our current postsecondary institutions are failing our students, she also outlines new approaches that hold the promise of helping students succeed at unprecedented levels. After reading this insightful book, count me among those who see the glass as half full.
— Timothy M. Renick, Georgia State University, Senior Vice President for Student Success and professor, Georgia State University
Tiffany Mfume is an unquestionable leader in the higher education field. Her combination of a scholar’s mind and the people’s touch makes her work accessible, critically important, and relevant. “The College Completion Glass…” is an important and necessary read.
— Michael J. Sorrell, president, Paul Quinn College
The College Completion – Glass Half Full or Half-Empty? Exploring the Value of Postsecondary Education is a brilliant book that presents a comprehensive look at the concerns about student loan debt, the employment rate of college graduates, and the viability of institutions of higher learning. Tiffany Mfume does an amazing job of offering a thoroughly researched perspective on this landscape and answers the question most inquisitive minds want to know: “Is a college degree really worth it?”
— Heidi M. Anderson, president, University of Maryland Eastern Shore