ERIC Number: EJ1108415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Intent to Persist in College Freshmen: The Role of Self-Efficacy and Mentorship
Baier, Stefanie T.; Markman, Barry S.; Pernice-Duca, Francesca M.
Journal of College Student Development, v57 n5 p614-619 Jul 2016
We surveyed 237 first-time college students to examine the extent to which social-cognitive factors--self-efficacy, perceptions of mentorship, high school GPA, ACT scores, first-semester college GPA, and demographic characteristics-- influence freshmen's intent to persist. Standard multiple regression and MANOVA were conducted to determine the influence of the selected characteristics on intended persistence. The findings show that college self-efficacy and perceptions of mentorship were the strongest predictors for intentions to persist past the first college semester, whereas ACT, GPA and socioeconomic status did not predict intent to persist. Implications for freshmen retention at 4-year institutions and directions for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Student Surveys, College Freshmen, Social Influences, Self Efficacy, Mentors, Student Attitudes, High School Students, Grade Point Average, Scores, College Entrance Examinations, Student Characteristics, Academic Persistence, Multiple Regression Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Predictor Variables, Intention, Socioeconomic Status, Hypothesis Testing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment
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