ERIC Number: EJ1076254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Increasing the Institutional Commitment of College Students: Enhanced Measurement and Test of a Nomological Model
Davidson, William B.; Beck, Hall P.; Grisaffe, Douglas B.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v17 n2 p162-185 Aug 2015
Measurement shortcomings have hampered the understanding of institutional commitment (IC) in college students. Therefore, this study sought to (a) develop validated indices of IC and associated psychosocial attributes and (b) use these indices to test a nomological network of variables and their direct and indirect relationships to IC. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses performed upon the responses of 2,982 undergraduates at eight schools produced psychometrically desirable constructs that were then used to examine a structural equations model of IC. Results confirmed the direct effects of academic integration, social integration, and degree commitment. Also, three constructs had indirect effects: advising effectiveness, academic efficacy, and collegiate stress. These findings offer schools the opportunity to collect reliable and valid scores on key variables in the nomological network surrounding IC and provide a tool for designing efficient interventions.
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis, Undergraduate Students, Psychometrics, Structural Equation Models, Social Integration, Academic Advising, Stress Variables, Intervention, Self Efficacy, Academic Achievement, Questionnaires, Models, Measures (Individuals), Correlation, Validity
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