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K-State Today

May 16, 2018

Carroll pens chapter on multicultural student retention

By Patrice L. Scott

Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift Honoring Melvin C. Terrell

Doris Wright Carroll, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, authored a chapter published in a book honoring Melvin C. Terrell, an icon in the field of student affairs. 

The book is titled "Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift Honoring Melvin C. Terrell." Carroll's chapter is "Multicultural Student Retention." Terrell served as Carroll's mentor and in 1988 they published what is widely considered a classic student affairs monograph, "From Survival to Success: Promoting Minority Student Retention."

In her chapter, Carroll addresses several points concerning multicultural student retention, including critical developmental milestones, factors related to retention and theoretical frameworks. She also offers suggestions for retention. In the summary, she champions retention efforts on college campuses. "Retention interventions are an essential component of an institution's mission for they will become inseparable twins in the future," she wrote.

Proceeds from the book sale will be donated to the Melvin Cleveland Terrell Endowed Scholarship, a philanthropic scholarship fund for graduate students who qualify academically but may be deterred from pursuing advanced degrees because of financial hardship.