ERIC Number: ED117149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Longitudinal Criteria of College Achievement Predicted from Aptitude, Achievement, and Interest Measures.
Lunneborg, Patricia W.
Long term criteria of college performance, i.e., graduation in four years, cumulative GPA, credits earned, and graduating major, were studied in relation to a comprehensive pre-college battery administered in the high school (HS) junior year. Despite restricting the sample to 1,633 university students who had progressed to junior standing in three years, HS GPA correlated as highly with cumulative college GPA as it does with freshman GPA in broad, national samples (.51). HS GPA was also the best predictor of graduation and credits earned, the other predictors augmenting only slightly in multiple correlation. Despite the social significance of graduation as a criterion of academic performance, it was only predicted poorly. Graduating major fields were more related to interests than to aptitudes or HS GPA, but the extreme asymmetry of these criteria precluded good prediction in a practical sense. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aptitude, Achievement Tests, College Freshmen, College Graduates, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Degree Requirements, Grade Point Average, Grades (Scholastic), Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Majors (Students), Predictive Measurement, Predictor Variables, Student Interests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Educational Assessment Center.
Identifiers - Location: Washington (Seattle)