ERIC Number: ED471362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reasons for Staying: A Test of the Chain of Response Model among Community-College Students. AIR 2001 Annual Forum Paper.
Salomonson, Kristen; Moss, Brian G.; Hill, H. Leon
This paper uses the Chain of Response Model (CRM) to help explain retention in the community college population. In the CRM, the student's decision to remain at an educational institution is not an isolated act, but rather the result of a complex chain of responses based on her/his cognitive evaluation of the present situation. The authors applied a modified version of the CRM model to persistence patterns of community college students of all ages. The purpose of this study was to test the applicability of a modified CRM to the community college student, as well as its utility in explaining motivation for continuing at an educational institution. Data were garnered from a 4-year cohort study conducted at a multi-campus community college in a large metropolitan area. Three scales and one single-item measure were used on 1,203 observations to assess path relationships. The 3 scales include: 4 items measuring attitudes toward education; 13 items measuring barriers and opportunities; and 13 items measuring expectations and goals. A single-item measure of participation was utilized as the dependent variable. There are positive paths for all the variables included in the model, each being statistically significant at the 0.05 level. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (41st, Long Beach, CA, June 3-6, 2001).