ERIC Number: ED038707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-16
Reference Count: 0
The Old System and the New College Students.
Davis, William G.; Welty, Gordon A.
A combination of events have moved various colleges and universities to grant admissions to minority group students. With this change, problems have developed: Mainly that of admissions criteria as related to academic achievement. The trend has become, therefore, toward either random selection or an open door policy. No matter what the process of selection may be, if black students differ socially and culturally from traditional students, they will continue to have difficulties once admitted to a traditional collegiate program. Therefore, if new criteria can be developed to select those who have the greatest chance to succeed in the hostile environment, chances for academic success would increase. Oberlin College has set about developing such criteria. They interviewed black applicants and in addition to regular admissions criteria, the students were rated on "hipness." This concept includes competitiveness, high motivation, and self reliance. A total of three groups were admitted: 18 were not "hip" but met regular criteria; 14 were both "hip" and met regular criteria; and seven were "hip" but did not meet regular criteria. At the end of the first semester, there was no appreciable difference in the distribution of grade point average between the three groups. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Personnel Association, Washington, DC.; Princeton Univ., NJ.; Oberlin Coll., OH.
Note: Paper Presented at American College Personnel Association Convention, St. Louis, Missouri, March 16, 1970