ERIC Number: ED189968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Non-Cognitive Variables in Predicting Grade Point Averages of Students in a Predominantly Black College. AIR Forum 1980 Paper.
Pratt, Linda K.; And Others
Six motivational items from the North Carolina Central University freshman survey were investigated as possible predictors in the undergraduate admission equation. Equations were computed using data from 1976 to 1978, employing a double cross-validation design. A scale combining the six motivational questions was used in the equation along with the rank in the high school class and math and verbal scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The multiple regression for the 1976 class increased significantly with the addition of the motivation scale, as did the multiple regression for the 1978 class. When the weights of the regression equations which included the motivational questions were applied to the opposing sets of data to obtain predicted grade point averages, the correlation was .39 when the 1978 equation was applied to the 1976 class data and .43 when the 1976 equation was applied to the 1978 class data. The results are interpreted as indicating that the motivation scale has promise as a noncognitive predictor. The findings are discussed in light of the Bakke decision and the relative SAT scores of whites and minorities. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1980; Noncognitive Attributes; North Carolina Central University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (20th, Atlanta, GA, April 27-May 1, 1980).