Validation of a theoretical model of college withdrawal: Interaction effects in a multi-institutional sample

Ernest T. Pascarella, David W. Chapman

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Abstract

This study investigated the validity of Tinto's (1975) model of college withdrawal in four different types of institutions: residential universities, liberal arts colleges, two-year commuter institutions, and four-year commuter institutions. Analyses were conducted on a sample of 2,326 freshmen from 11 postsecondary institutions. The results generally supported the predictive validity of the model but suggested: (1) that the main-effects influence on persistence of measures of social and academic integration is modest, and (2) that the magnitude of the influence of particular aspects of social and academic integration depended to a significant degree on the characteristics of those students being considered. The theoretical and policy implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-48
Number of pages24
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1983

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