ERIC Number: ED190020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
A Critique of the Idea that College Quality Can Be Measured by Undergraduate SAT Scores.
Webster, David S.
Selectivity is criticized as an index of college quality. Standardized college entrance examination scores can at best reflect college quality, it is proposed. In addition, using them as a measure of college quality assumes, perhaps erroneously, that the college admits only the highest-scoring applicants. Further reasons are these: (1) SAT scores have, on the whole, declined in recent years while college quality probably has not; (2) at many colleges average scores are different for men and women, and this should not be taken to mean that colleges offer different quality education to men and women; (3) selectivity is partly determined by tuition and fees; (4) smaller colleges will necessarily be able to take the highest-scoring applicants, while larger schools have more places to offer lower-scoring applicants; (5) colleges offering special programs do not fit into any traditional pattern; (6) neighborhood, city, region, or climate probably have a significant affect on the applicant pool; and (7) program "innovations", good or bad, affect applicant pools. (MSE)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, College Admission, College Applicants, College Choice, College Curriculum, College Entrance Examinations, Competitive Selection, Educational Quality, Females, Geographic Location, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Males, School Size, Sex Differences, Standardized Tests, Student Costs, Test Results
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Scholastic Aptitude Test