ERIC Number: ED433758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
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The Risk and Promise Profile: A Validation Study. AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Cubeta, John F.; Travers, Nan L.; Sheckley, Barry G.
The Risk and Promise Profile is a 78-item, self-report, paper and pencil questionnaire that college personnel can use to outline for each student a profile of personal and social influences (e.g., motivations and deterrents) that are related to student success. This study assessed the predictive validity of the profile by examining the relationships among social, personal, and demographic measures and their ability to predict academic success in a sample of 542 older college students at six educational institutions (four two-year and two four-year colleges). As well as demographic items, the scale measures 11 personal and social variables such as: attitudes toward education; college climate; help-seeking behavior; motivation; and self-efficacy. Hierarchical multiple regression and analysis of variance indicated that the profile explains significant portions of the variance associated with academic success. The results also suggest that different sets of variables are related to the success of Caucasian students and African-American students. Further, the study suggests that race per se should not be used to identify students "at risk." Instead, combinations of personal and social measures are more appropriate predictors of academic performance. Overall, the measure demonstrated reasonable internal validity and explained about 20 percent of the variance associated with success. (Contains 46 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
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