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Page numbers The Influence of Conscientiousness

By Alicia R. Damia


on the Dynamics of Institutional Departure Over the years concerns have increased about retention and attrition in higher education. In order to develop and improve retention services it is important to understand the underlying dynamics associated with institutional departure. As opposed to research on college performance, much less research exists regarding the ability of personality characteristics to predict college retention. Such preentry characteristics have been surmised to indirectly affect departure by influencing a person’s intentions and commitments regarding future educational activities. The purpose of this study was to explore the dynamics of institutional departure at a medium-sized northeastern university among a convenience sample of first-time, firstsemester students. Specifically, the study investigated the possible impact of conscientiousness on the dynamics of college student departure. It was suspected that more conscientious students would have a higher commitment to educational goals, become more academically integrated into the university, have a higher grade point average, and be less likely to depart from the university

Topics: the original hypothesized paths within the model were supported. Overall, the re
Year: 2003
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