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ERIC Number: EJ852896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
The College Persistence Questionnaire: Development and Validation of an Instrument that Predicts Student Attrition
Davidson, William B.; Beck, Hall P.; Milligan, Meg
Journal of College Student Development, v50 n4 p373-390 Jul-Aug 2009
The investigators reviewed the retention literature and developed a 53-item questionnaire and tested its validity. Component analysis of the responses of 2,022 students at four schools yielded six reliable factors: Institutional Commitment, Degree Commitment, Academic Integration, Social Integration, Support Services Satisfaction, and Academic Conscientiousness. A second study on 283 first-semester freshmen examined whether factor scores predicted which students returned for their sophomore year. Logistic regression found that three factors were statistically significant predictors of enrollment status, after controlling for high school class rank and standardized test scores: Institutional Commitment, Academic Integration, and Academic Conscientiousness. Strategies are provided for making use of scores based on differences between institutions and between individual students. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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