Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy - School Psychology


Human Services

First Advisor

Dr. Luis E. Aguerrevere

Second Advisor

Dr. Robbie J. Steward

Third Advisor

Dr. Daniel F. McCleary

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Pauline Sampson

Fifth Advisor

Dr. Michael E. Walker



Shifts from scientific and theoretical exploration to occupational preparation within academic scholarship has led researchers to focus on performance variables, such as grade point average (GPA), to better understand how to promote academic success. For example, researchers have examined variables to determine their influence on GPA. The purpose of this study was to identify if commitment variables in conjunction with executive functioning significantly predicted cumulative GPA in a college setting beyond previously established predictors. Results indicated that high school GPA (b = .44) was the only significant predictor of cumulative GPA. When high school GPA was eliminated from analyses, executive functioning (b = .21) significantly predicted cumulative GPA. Additional findings are discussed along with implications and directions for future research.

Keywords: academic performance, identity commitment, academic commitment, executive functioning

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