Bob BadeFollow




School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)



Community College, Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), Retention, Social Integration, Student Activity Programs, Student Integration Theory


Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Psychology | Other Education | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education


The purpose of this predictive correlation study was to create and assess a model of programs and activities to predict student social integration at a large suburban community college. This study’s model was based upon Tinto’s student integration theory (1975, 1987, 1993) and employed hierarchical multiple regression to analyze the data. The data for this study was archival Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) self-report data from students at a large suburban community college in Florida. Predictor variables included participation in extended orientation programs and student success courses, participation with classmates inside and out of class on academic related projects, and participation in co-curricular student activity programs and student clubs/organizations. Control variables included sex, age, hours worked per week and caring for dependents. The criterion variable was student self reports of social integration. The model was significant (p < .01) and demonstrated a medium effect size. The final overall model accounted for 14.2% of the variation in student self-reports of their social integration. Additional community college social integration factors to be considered for future research models are discussed. Strategies to maximize social integration are provided for practitioners.