ERIC Number: ED055300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: 0
College Students: A Revealing Comprehensive Seven-Year Study of 1106 University Freshmen Attrition, Graduation, and Followup.
Hardie, Virginia S.; Anderson, John R.
College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Aptitude Test decile scores for 1106 university freshmen compared (annually for 7 years) with student achievement, attrition, and graduation showed positive correlation for some academic majors and correlations only at the extremes for other majors. Two hundred, or 36% of all drop-outs, were apparently capable of succeeding in college, and, except for a relatively few outstanding students, achievement was found to represent, in effect, a pass-fail system. After 7 years 539 or 48.7% of the entering group were graduated, 555 or 50.2% were lost by attrition, and 12 or 1.1% were eligible to continue. A follow-up questionnaire showed that 59 or 5.3% of the entering group were graduated from other 4-year colleges and a projection technique indicated that a total of 160 or 28.8% of all drop-outs may have been graduated elsewhere, making an estimated total of 699 or 63.1% of the original class who may have received a bachelor's degree in 7 years. This study cautions against basing academic prediction upon a simplistic use of the total SAT score and supports the independent use of the verbal and mathematical scores in relation to various college majors. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Admission Criteria, Admission (School), College Students, Graduation, Student Characteristics, Students
Counseling Center, Clemson Univ., Clemson, S.C. 29631 ($2.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Clemson Univ., SC.
Note: Paper presented at American Personnel and Guidance Association convention, Atlantic City, N. J., April 4-8, 1971