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ERIC Number: EJ875217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0895-7347
Can Measuring Psychosocial Factors Promote College Success?
Allen, Jeff; Robbins, Steven B.; Sawyer, Richard
Applied Measurement in Education, v23 n1 p1-22 2010
Research on the validity of psychosocial factors (PSFs) and other noncognitive predictors of college outcomes has largely ignored the practical benefits implied by the validity. We summarize evidence of the validity of PSF measures as predictors of college outcomes and then explain how this validity directly translates into improved identification of high-risk students and improvements in academic success and persistence rates. We discuss how the value of measuring PSFs hinges on the effectiveness of institutional support programs designed to help high-risk students. We recommend that postsecondary institutional research focus on the net effect of systems for identifying and intervening with high-risk students. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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