ERIC Number: ED106062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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An Analysis of Undergraduate Grade-Point Averages as Indicators of Success in Medical School Science Courses.
Ficklin, Fred L.
This study was designed to determine whether the cumulative grade-point average or the science grade-point average was the better predictor variable for use in selecting students at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The problem was examined by size, location, and type of control of the undergraduate institution the medical student attended. Data were obtained from the academic records of 752 matriculants. Six operational questions were posed and treated statistically. The answers provided data used to draw conclusions pertinent to the problem. Among the major findings was the fact that the correlation between undergraduate cumulative average and medical school science average for all students was .45. Highest correlations were recorded for students who attended institutions with enrollments greater than 17,500. When location was considered, correlations were higher for those who attended Indiana institutions. The correlations were higher for students who attended public institutions. It was concluded that the undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is, generally, a better indicator of success in medical school science courses than is the undergraduate science average. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Higher Education, Medical Education, Medical Schools, Medicine, Predictor Variables, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Indiana University