ERIC Number: ED041536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
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New Measurements for Admission. An Abridgement and an Interpretation of the Study of Admission Criteria and Risks at Brown University under a Grant from the Ford Foundation.
Doebler, Charles H.
This report is an abridgement of HE 001 613 which described an extensive research project at Brown University on the determination and usefulness of nonacademic admission criteria in the selection of college students. This report puts the problem of admission at selective colleges in historical perspective and discusses the results of the study in non-technical terms. One of the purposes of the study was to determine how "successful" apparently "risky" students were after finishing college. Risk was defined in terms of verbal aptitude scores of the College Board. Success was defined in terms of: (1) graduation from college; (2) graduate education; and (3) reputation for success. The records of "risks" in the classes of 1950-1952 and 1966-1968 were studied. Three major sources of information which might have some bearing on the problem of predicting success were hypothesized: (1) the comments of the school and the degree of enthusiasm they expressed about the applicant; (2) the background of the applicant: parents' education, school attended, town he lived in; and (3) the applicant's activities in high school. Evidence of a better environmental background proved to be the best predictor for success, but admissions officers were encouraged to continue relying on intuition in making final decisions. (AF)
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI.