ERIC Number: ED545341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Reference Count: 59
Determinants of Student Success: An Integrative Perspective to Orient Policy and Practice. Research Brief
Horn, Aaron S.
Midwestern Higher Education Compact
This brief elaborates three social psychological factors that influence student success during college: goal commitment; academic engagement, and social identification. Students glean a sense of direction and meaning from long-term goals related to the completion of a postsecondary credential, a specific timeline for graduation, and the future competencies that will be acquired. Whether students realize a high level of academic achievement largely hinges on the degree to which they are cognitively, affectively, and behaviorally engaged in their academic work. Identification with a campus community fulfills a fundamental human need for belonging, forges an affective attachment to the institution, and helps to align students' academic goals with institutional norms. A robust understanding of such factors is crucial to effectively designing and evaluating institutional policies and practices conducive to student success.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Success, Social Psychology, College Students, Learner Engagement, Goal Orientation, Identification (Psychology), Interpersonal Competence
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Midwestern Higher Education Compact