Effects of Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy and Degree Utility on Student Persistence: A Path Analytic Study

  title={Effects of Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy and Degree Utility on Student Persistence: A Path Analytic Study},
  author={Shari L. Peterson and Robert C. Delmas},
  journal={Journal of College Student Retention},
  pages={285 - 299}
A path model was constructed mapping the effect of career decision-making self-efficacy (CDMSE) and degree utility on persistence of underprepared college students. The path model accounted for 21 percent of the variance in intent to persist and 27 percent of the variance in student persistence. The final structural model adds to the literature on student persistence in several ways. First, it suggests the importance of Degree Utility for this population: Students who believed college would… Expand

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