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ERIC Number: ED259686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
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ISBN: N/A
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Testing Tinto's Model of Attrition on the Church-Related Campus. AIR 1985 Annual Forum Paper.
Cash, R. William; Bissel, H. LeVerne
The applicability of Tinto's model of retention for first-year students attending church-related colleges and universities is examined. Data collected from entering freshmen at two Midwestern Seventh-day Adventist colleges were used to replicate studies of Tinto's model done in other settings. Based on Tinto's model, indicators of academic and social integration are the student's academic performance, level of intellectual development, and the extent and quality of student-student and student-teacher interactions. Study variables included: students' family background; individual attributes; precollege schooling; academic aspirations; grade point average; students' perceived level of intellectual development; student-faculty contact outside of class; participation in extracurricular activities; and student interaction with peers. Although the discriminant function analysis yielded results accounting for a smaller proportion of the variance in dropout behavior, the results were somewhat consistent with those of the earlier studies. Path analysis of the pooled data, as well as for separate gender and institutional subgroups, provided additional confirmation of the general explanatory power of Tinto's model. Differences found may be due to the sectarian nature of the schools and students studied. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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