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ERIC Number: ED031144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug-7
Pages: 9
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Academic Performance and Persistence of Early Entry Institute Students.
Stordahl, Kalmer E.
The Early Entry Institute, an especially individualized and supportive 8-week summer program, was established in 1966 at Northern Michigan University to raise the academic level of students who graduate in the lower third of their high school class and may be poor college risks. This study compared the persistence and academic performance of 91 students who completed the program in the summers of 1966 and 1967 with a comparable group of students entering the university in the fall of both years. The criterion of achievement was the grade point average (GPA), and persistence was measured by enrollments in semesters following summer sessions or initial semesters. Early Entry students earned higher GPAs during the summer programs than those earned by fall entrants in their first semesters (fall) but had lower GPAs for fall and spring semesters than the fall entrants. 1966 Early Entry students had more persistence when it was measured in terms of completion of 2, 3, or 4 semesters; but when persistence was measured by the number of semesters completed following initial enrollment, no significant difference was found. The high mean GPAs of Early Entry students in the summer sessions dropped in the fall and spring semesters to a level not greatly different from those of fall entrants. It was concluded that the influence of the Institute on academic performance was not greater than that of regular fall programs, but that a similar special program may be more successful if extended over a longer period of time. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Northern Michigan Univ., Marquette. Institutional Research Office.