Vincent Tinto is Distinguished University Professor at
Syracuse University and, until recently, served as chair of the Higher
Education Program. He has carried out research and has written extensively on
higher education, particularly on student success and the impact of learning
communities on student growth and attainment. His most recent book, Leaving College (University of Chicago
Press), lays out a theory and policy perspective on student success that is
considered the benchmark by which work on these issues is judged.
He has consulted widely with federal and state agencies,
with independent research firms, foundations, and with two- and four-year
institutions of higher education on a broad range of higher educational issues,
not the least of which concern the success of students in higher education,in
particular those of low-income and underserved backgrounds. He serves on the
editorial boards of several journals and with various organizations and
professional associations concerned with higher education. He chaired the
national panel responsible for awarding $5 million to establish the first
national center for research on teaching and learning in higher education and
served as associate director of the $6 million National Center on Postsecondary
Teaching, Learning, and Assessment funded by the U.S. Office of Education.
Tinto has received numerous recognitions and awards. Most
recently he was awarded the Council of Independent Colleges 2008 Academic
Leadership Award, the National Institute for Staff Development International
2008 Leadership Award and was named Distinguished Fellow in the Council of Learning
Assistance and Developmental Education Associations.