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ERIC Number: ED059690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug
Pages: 23
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Undergraduate Origins and Success in Graduate School.
Spaeth, Joe L.
Much concern has been shown over possible defects in small college preparation of science majors. This paper presents data from a large-scale longitudinal survey of 1961 graduates that has a direct bearing on the relation of graduate school success to undergraduate origins. Results of the survey show that university-trained science majors are only slightly better than those from small colleges. Except for initial enrollment, chemistry majors from small schools seem to be at some disadvantage if their colleges were not particularly good or if they had mediocre records. Under these circumstances, they were less likely to enroll on a continuous basis, to plan to take the Ph.D., and to expect to take a relatively short time getting that degree if they planned to take it. For biology and physics majors only the rate of continuous enrollment was lower. In nonscientific fields college type had generally small or inconsistent effects. In nearly all fields and for most outcomes, high undergraduate academic performance was a strong predictor of graduate success. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.