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ERIC Number: ED220041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between College Grades and Adult Achievement Reconsidered. AIR Forum 1982 Paper.
Lewis, John; Nelson, Kim
The relationship between college grades and achievement of college graduates was studied at Winona State University, Minnesota. The following criteria for investigating this relationship were assessed: quality of vocational achievement, acceptance of responsibility in social groups, and further intellectual development. These criteria were specified in behaviors that were incorporated into a questionnaire. For the 575 subjects, attention was directed to the relationship between earning an advanced academic or professional degree and undergraduate grades; a comparison of income levels and undergraduate grade point averages for 6 groups of graduates; the extent of involvement in community and cultural activities in relation to undergraduate grade point averages of graduates; and the relationship between grades and political activities of females. The only findings that reached statistical significance were a negative relationship between undergraduate grade point average and the extent of involvement in community activities for male graduates. Those with higher grades were less likely to assume major social responsibilities in their communities. A similar study of graduates of the University of Iowa also found that those with higher grades were involved in fewer community activities than those with lower grades. However, for the Iowa group, those earning advanced degrees earned significantly higher grades when compared with other Iowa graduates not earning these degrees. This difference between the two schools may result from the fact that the majority of Winona graduates earned advanced degrees in education at schools primarily serving undergraduate students, while a larger percentage of the Iowa graduates probably entered professional and graduate programs at graduate-level institutions. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Winona State University MN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (22nd, Denver, CO, May 16-19, 1982)