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Ties That Bind: A Social Network Approach to Understanding Student Integration and Persistence

Scott L. Thomas
The Journal of Higher Education
Vol. 71, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 2000), pp. 591-615
DOI: 10.2307/2649261
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2649261
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

A social network paradigm provides a unique way of understanding student integration. Integration, in a structural sense, can be measured with knowledge of the universe of students' on-campus associations. This study surveys such a universe and measures the structural aspects of student relations to assess how they affect student commitment and persistence.

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