ERIC Number: ED253576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Noncognitive Variables to Academic Success by Race over Four Years.
Tracey, Terence J.; Sedlacek, William E.
Random samples of 1979 and 1980 entering freshmen were given the Non-Cognitive Questionnaire (NCQ), designed to assess seven noncognitive dimensions associated with minority student academic success. The predictive validity of the NCQ for each race was determined with respect to cumulative grade point average (GPA) and persistence at several time periods over four years. With respect to GPA, the NCQ was found to be highly predictive at all points over four years for both white and black students. The specific factors associated with performance were positive self concept, realistic self appraisal, and preference for long range goals. The NCQ was found to predict persistence well for black students, but not for white students. The specific factors found to be most related to black student persistence were: positive self-concept, realistic self appraisal, and academic familiarity. Early black persistence was also found to be related to having support for college plans and having a preference for long range goals. Later black student persistence was also predicted by having an understanding of racism and having demonstrated community service. These results support the validity of the NCQ and shed some light on the different variables related to black student attrition at various points in time. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Affective Measures, Black Students, Citizen Participation, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Leadership Responsibility, Predictor Variables, Self Concept, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Social Support Groups, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Test Validity, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Identifiers: Non Cognitive Questionnaire