ERIC Number: ED030396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Applicants Admitted to the Master's Program of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Berkeley.
Pieper, W. C., Jr.
Charged with developing rigorous and exacting selection procedures, the professional schools at the University of California, Berkeley, must continually evaluate their programs and students. The aim of this study was to identify on the basis of past experience those factors which have been the best predictors of a student's ability to succeed in the master's program of the Graduate School of Business Administration (the MBA). Attainment of the degree was considered the primary indicator of success; grade point average (GPA) was considered only secondarily as a means of differentiating between groups of students equally likely to earn the degree. Application and performance data of all 432 students who entered the MBA program in Falls 1961, 1962 and 1963 were collected. Because academic performance can be partially explained by a student's proficiency in English, citizenship designations were established. Age at admission appeared to be an important factor in determining the rates at which degrees were earned. Undergraduate GPA had little relationship to success in the MBA program although undergraduate academic recognition and extracurricular activities appeared relevant to later success. The Admission Test for Graduate Study in Business did not prove to be a significant tool in predicting success. Other significant variables are discussed and lists of the factors that encouraged and discouraged degree production are included. Tables illustrate the findings. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers: University of California Berkeley