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Journal Of College Student Retention_ Research, Theory & Practice-2015-Kerby-1521025115578229.Pdf, Molly Kerby May 2015

Journal Of College Student Retention_ Research, Theory & Practice-2015-Kerby-1521025115578229.Pdf, Molly Kerby

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Theoretical models designed to predict whether students will persist or not have been valuable tools for retention efforts relative to the creation of services in academic and student affairs. Some of the early models attempted to explain and measure factors in the college dropout process. For example, in his seminal work, Tinto defined retention as a longitudinal process incorporating both the academic potential of the student and institutional social systems, thus creating a directional model based on continual variance in social commitments that influence academic performance. Others expanded the earlier theoretical models to test the predictive capabilities of these models ...