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ERIC Number: ED458854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 19
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Predictors of Student Commitment at Two-Year and Four-Year Institutions.
Strauss, Linda C.; Volkwein, J. Fredericks
This study examined the predictors of institutional commitment of first-year students at 28 two-year public and 23 four-year public institutions. Institutional commitment is a precursor or predictor of student persistence behavior. For this study, institutional commitment is defined as the student's overall satisfaction, sense of belonging, impression of educational quality, and willingness to attend the institution again. There were 8,217 student responses (2,499 from first-year students at four-year institutions and 5,718 students at two-year institutions). A multivariate analysis was conducted using hierarchical linear modeling. Results indicate that multiple student-level variables influence institutional commitment. The most important are the measures of academic integration, followed by the measures of social integration. Academic growth and development, financial attitudes, and financial aid were significant predictors of student institutional commitment. Precollege characteristics of age, ethnicity, and marital status were also significant predictors of commitment. After controlling for all other variables, it was found that students at two-year colleges have a slightly higher institutional commitment than students at four-year colleges. The difference was statistically significant, but actually quite small. In general, most of the relationships between student level predictors and institutional commitment were the same for both types of institution. (Contains 25 references, 5 tables, and 3 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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