ERIC Number: ED360022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
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Using the CCSEQ in Institutional Effectiveness: The Role of Goal Commitment and Student's Perception of Gains.
Preston, David L.
The traditional definition of student persistence, advanced by Vincent Tinto in 1975, is that of attendance until degree completion. This model, however, does not adequately reflect community college student attendance patterns. To develop a conceptual model of community college student persistence, a study was conducted of the attendance patterns of 510 students attending a southeastern Texas community college during spring semester 1992, using student goal-attainment as the indicator of successful termination. Specifically, the study examined the relationship between goal commitment for five groups of students (i.e., those preparing to transfer, preparing for a new career, retaining current or upgrading skills, attending for personal reasons, and upgrading basic English skills) and the student's perception of gains on the following general educational goals: career preparation; arts; communications skills; mathematics, science, and technology; personal and social development; and perspectives of the world. Perceptions of gains in these six dimensions were measured by the "Estimate of Gains" section of the Community College Student Experiences Questionnaire (CCSEQ). Results indicated that the more strategic a student's goal-commitment (i.e., the longer the student expected to attend college), the more likely that he or she would perceive gains in the six areas. In addition, members of the transfer group were the most satisfied with their college experiences and showed a greater tendency to persist until goal attainment. A literature review, detailed data analyses and tables, implications and recommendations, and an 86-item bibliography are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Community College Student Experiences Questionnaire