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ERIC Number: EJ1076285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Examining Relevant Influences on the Persistence of African-American College Students at a Diverse Urban University
Thomas, Jackie C., Jr.; Wolters, Christopher; Horn, Catherine; Kennedy, Heidi
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v15 n4 p551-573 Feb 2014
In this study, campus involvement, faculty mentorship, motivational beliefs (self-efficacy and utility value), and sense of belonging were examined as potential predictors of African-American college student academic persistence. Participants (n = 139) in the study were African-American college students from a large-urban university. Separate analyses were conducted to predict two related aspects of student persistence. A multiple linear regression was used to predict "self-reported" student persistence and a logistic regression was used to predict "actual" enrollment in the following semester. Results indicated that utility value was the only significant predictor of self-reported persistence. Surprisingly, results of the logistic regression indicated that students who reported having higher levels of self-efficacy in the fall were less likely to enroll in the subsequent spring semester. Findings in this study add to the body of research on college student persistence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: College Student Experiences Questionnaire; Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire