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ERIC Number: EJ792202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
General and Specific Goal Orientations as Correlates of Adult Student Degree Completion: Lessons from the Community College of the Air Force
Savage, Jeffrey S.; Smith, Albert B.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v9 n4 p461-485 2007-2008
This research examined degree completion through the lens of Snyder's hope theory (Snyder, 2000) in an effort to expand the research on student retention from Tinto's sociological theory to a theory that focuses on the psychological orientations that might help explain student success. The study focused on a sample of 443 master sergeants enrolled in associate of applied science degrees offered by the Community College of the Air Force, a non-traditional, non-transfer, regionally accredited community college. The results of the logistic regression analysis revealed hope, as one component of overall goal orientation, to be a statistically significant predictor of degree attainment. Specific goal orientation, defined and measured as the strength of desire for earning this particular degree, was particularly important to degree completion for this sample. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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