ERIC Number: ED237537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Which Student Outcome Measures Are the Most Important to the Institution?
Young, Rodney W.
The standard measures of student performance in colleges and universities--grade point average (GPA), retention rates, and graduation rates--are examined for their usefulness in evaluating an institution's effectiveness in fulfilling its mission. Problems are noted with the GPA with all courses being treated the same and student load being ignored. A quality index that is based on course differentiation and academic points in relation to a hypothetical standard is recommended to complement the GPA. Further, a retention rate that includes transfer-out and transfer-in students as well as the number of semesters attended in relation to the possible number of semesters is recommended. It is also recommended that the graduation rate be re-defined to include transfer-in and transfer-out students as well as the number of semesters attended in relation to the possible number. Finally, an attitude measure is recommended. It is argued that part of the effectiveness of an institution is reflected in the attitude of students, regardless of grades, retention, and graduation. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research and the Southwestern Region of the Society for College and University Planning (Taos, NM, October 12-14, 1983).