ERIC Number: ED428642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-5
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Students' Intentional Persistence as a Web of Causal Factors: A Preliminary Study I.
Ikegulu, Nelson T.; Barham, Wilton A.
This study examined the impacts of student gender, academic achievement (cumulative grade point average), familial influence, and academic aptitude/characteristics on intentional persistence at Grambling State University (Louisiana). The sample consisted of 219 students (188 developmental and 31 nondevelopmental) who had persisted beyond the freshman and developmental curricula at Grambling. Students completed the Institution-Instructor-Student Inventory Survey. Results showed that students' entry-level characteristics were influenced by many factors, including age, gender, choice of major, dependent children, and institutional involvement. Students' entry-level characteristics and the familial influence on students' decision-making were interrelated and both had a significantly direct effect on students' ability/style and aptitude, which in turn had a direct impact on students' co-integration and eventual persistence. High educational aspiration of students and their satisfaction with the institution affected their intent to persist and co-integration. The survey is appended. (Contains 40 references.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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