ERIC Number: ED027859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
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Evaluation of the College Suggestor: A Data Retrieval Device for Use As A Guide to College Choice. Final Report.
Mathis, B. Claude
The College Suggestor is an optical coincident system of information retrieval consisting of a series of plastic cards. Each card represents a characteristic of an institution and contains grid positions for 1,931 colleges and universities. The system of 217 card is so designed that the location of each college on the grid position is coincident when the cards are stacked. The retrieval aspects of the system involve selecting cards representing characteristics that conform to the interests of a prospective college student, and stacking the cards so that they are in line. When cards are superimposed one on the other, points of light are produced at grid positions representing colleges in the stack that have common characteristics. The study sought to construct 300 of these devices, place them in college admission situations in high schools, and evaluate their use and the characteristics they represent. For 5 months the College Suggestor was used by students, counselors and parents in 5 high schools in the Chicago metropolitan area and data were obtained from the students and counselors about its utility. The 217 characteristics in the College Syggestor system were judged by both students and counselors to be a useful, comprehensive organization of information about colleges which could be used to expedite institutional identification. A list of 8 conclusions and 10 recommendations is included. (WM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. School of Education.