Title

When Access Is Not Enough: Retaining Basic Writers at an Open-Admission University

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2010

Publication Source

Journal of Basic Writing

Volume

29

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

102-121

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

The author describes the challenges of a four-year, open-admission institution where equality of access has not equaled equality of success for basic writers. While there is a good deal of scholarship on student departure by compositions and experts in student retention/persistence, some models of student departure and success offered by these scholars are inadequate; a more comprehensive approach that embraces the intellectual and social elements of student success is needed. This article argues that the field of basic writing must turn its critical gaze to issues surrounding the success, as well as the access, of basic writers at four-year universities.

Keywords

basic writing, retention, student success, higher education, support services

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

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