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ERIC Number: ED002767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Jan
Pages: 381
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RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF TALENTED COLLEGE STUDENTS.
THISTLETHWAITE, DONALD L.; AND OTHERS
A VARIETY OF RECRUITING, TRAINING, AND ENVIRONMENTAL INCENTIVE FACTORS WERE STUDIED AS THEY RELATE TO COLLEGE MOTIVATION AMONG TALENTED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TO SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTIVITY AND INTELLECTUAL ACHIEVEMENT AFTER A STUDENT HAS ENTERED COLLEGE. FOR THIS PURPOSE A FOLLOWUP STUDY WAS MADE OF A 10 PERCENT RANDOM SAMPLE OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, SELECTED FROM SOME 300,000 EXAMINEES WHO HAD MADE GOOD SCORES ON THE NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL. THE SAMPLE, INCLUDING THOSE WHO ENROLLED IN COLLEGE AND THOSE WHO DID NOT, WAS EXAMINED COMPARATIVELY WITH RESPECT TO ASPIRATIONS, BACKGROUNDS, APTITUDES, AND OTHER PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS. COMPARISONS WERE ALSO MADE BETWEEN THOSE SUBJECTS WHO HAD RECEIVED OR HAD BEEN OFFERED SCHOLARSHIPS AND LOANS AND THOSE WHO HAD NOT. IN ADDITION, SCALES WERE CONSTRUCTED FOR ASSESSING COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTS AND FOR DEFINING VARIABLES FOR STIMULATING ACHIEVEMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION. AN INTERESTING FINDING WAS THAT OVER 75 PERCENT OF THAT PART OF THE SAMPLE WHO HAD NOT GONE TO COLLEGE COULD HAVE BEEN RECRUITED INTO COLLEGE IF EARLIER INCENTIVES HAD BEEN PROVIDED BEFORE THEIR NEGATIVE DECISIONS TOWARD HIGHER EDUCATION WERE MADE. RESULTS ALSO SHOWED THAT SCHOLARSHIPS AND LOANS CAN BE A SIGNIFICANT INCENTIVE IN OVERCOMING AND EXTREMELY COMMON REASON FOR NOT GOING TO COLLEGE - FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY. METHODS WERE CITED FOR COLLEGE DROPOUT PREVENTION AMONG ABLE STUDENTS. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN.
Identifiers: TENNESSEE; Tennessee (Nashville)