ERIC Number: ED024083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Identifying the Potentially Successful Among Marginal College Entrants. Final Report.
Beach, Leslie R.
This is an exploratory effort to determine factors available at the time of application for admission, which will better identify who among marginal applicants are most likely to succeed in college. Some 19 marginal applicants to Hope College were studied in terms of admissions data, their performance in the specially designed summer trial program, and their experience and performance during their total first year of college. The results of the study indicate that the usual academic predictors of college success (high-school grades, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, rank in graduating class) are of no use at all in predicting the first year, cumulative grade point average of these marginal entrants. However, these predictors are useful in predicting how the students will perform in the Summer Trial Program. In turn, the grade earned in the summer program is highly predictive of the total cumulative grade point average at the end of the freshmen year. The special program designed for the summer and the follow-up of the trial students during their first year appeared successful both in terms of the low attrition rate among the participants and in terms of personal growth and development of the individuals involved. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Hope Coll., Holland, MI.