ERIC Number: ED373632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
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The Relationship between Self Reports of College Experiences and Achievement-Test Scores. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Pike, Gary R.
This paper examines the proposed use of student self-report data as proxies for College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (College BASE) scores and as policy indicators of good educational practice. A recent study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems had recommended this use of student self-reports. For this study 540 seniors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) completed the College BASE and a survey designed to elicit students' perceptions of their college experiences. Also, a randomly selected group took the College BASE, and those who did not take the test wrote a series of essays and completed a senior survey. Analysis using a multitrait-multimethod approach provided limited support for using self reports of cognitive development during college as proxies for College BASE test results. Careful examination of factor loadings revealed strong evidence of convergence only for the mathematics domain. Convergence in English and science was relatively weak. However the use of self reports of college experiences as policy indicators to guide institutions in improving the quality of undergraduate education was supported, particularly in mathematics and science. Includes three tables and one figure. Contains 46 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; College Basic Academic Subjects Examination; Student Self Report; University of Tennessee Knoxville
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1 1994).