ERIC Number: ED172605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Merit and Admissions Policy: Case Studies from Pakistan. Discussion Paper Series No. 59 D.
Klitgaard, Robert E.; And Others
Studies were conducted to determine whether measures of intellectual merit that are used as criteria for admission to the University of Karachi in Pakistan have predictive validity. The predictive validity of the intermediate examination score was studied with recent graduates of the pharmacy, medicine, and engineering schools. Additional studies of business school and arts and sciences graduates were also conducted. Regression analyses indicated that the current criterion of merit (intermediate score) explained little of a student's subsequent university performance. Even after including matriculate test scores and several independent variables in the analysis, the regressions had little predictive power. Possible explanations of the findings and a discussion of the pros and cons of merit-based admissions criteria are presented. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission Criteria, Case Studies, College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Competitive Selection, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Predictive Validity, Predictor Variables, Selective Admission
Public Policy Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: World Bank, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Kennedy School of Government.
Identifiers: Karachi University (Pakistan); Pakistan
Note: Paper to be published in "Comparative Education Review," June 1979