Abstract

This study investigated how accurately Tinto’s (1975) theoretical model predicts student attrition among academically underprepared students in a two-year community commuter college. The authors examined four exogenous variables (the effects of family background, pre-college schooling, getting ready, and encouragement from significant others) and three endogenous variables (initial commitment, academic integration, and social integration). More important, it quantifies and tests ethnographic precollege characteristics that previous quantitative tests of Tinto’s models have not used.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1090-7009
Print ISSN
0162-5748
Pages
pp. 337-355
Launched on MUSE
2017-02-01
Open Access
No
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