ERIC Number: ED439645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
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A Structural Model of Student Integration, Finances, Behavior, and Career Development: An Elaborated Framework of Attitudes and Persistence. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Sandler, Martin E.
As a response to the problems of nontraditional student attrition at two-year and four-year urban colleges, this paper introduces the constructs of career decision-making self-efficacy, perceived stress, and financial difficulty into a model built on the synthesis of Cabrera (1993). A questionnaire was administered to adult nontraditional (age 24 and over) full- and part-time undergraduate students (n=469) at a private urban research university during the fall 1995 semester. Variables included: career decision-making self-efficacy; family encouragement; perceived stress; financial attitudes satisfaction and difficulty; academic integration; social integration; cumulative GPA; institutional commitment; goal commitment and intent to persist; as well as measures of student background. The study found that the variables subsumed within career decision-making self-efficacy had the greatest influence on intent to persist and persistence. (Contains 81 references.) (RH)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Dropouts, Career Guidance, Career Planning, Decision Making, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Full Time Students, Higher Education, Models, Nontraditional Students, Part Time Students, School Holding Power, Self Efficacy, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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