ERIC Number: ED104613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-29
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Factors Affecting Academic Performance and Persistence Among The Mexican-American, The Black and The Anglo Students in a Southwestern University.
Tsai, Yung-mei; Perry, Floyd, Jr.
The study's purpose was to: (1) identify factors affecting college students' academic performance measured by college grade point average (GPA) and persistence identified by whether or not withdrawn from the university initially attended; and (2) compare these factors among Black, Mexican American, and Anglo students. Data were obtained from the students' data files in the Admissions Office of the University under investigation. Two samples were analyzed: (1) a larger sample including all identifiable Blacks (216), Mexican Americans (397), and a random sample of Anglo students (3,202) who entered the University between 1970 and 1974; and (2) a subsample of the larger one including only those students who entered the University during 1973 and 1974 and whose high school information was available in their data file (392 students). High school data was included only in the subsample's analysis. Some findings were: (1) high school information was important in predicting a student's college academic performance; (2) high school GPA and the Scholastic Aptitude Test scores continued to dominate the predictability of a student's college GPA; and (3) college GPA did not enhance a student's college persistence but, on the contrary, it hindered his persistence. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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