ERIC Number: ED124037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-6
Reference Count: 0
A Descriptive Study of U.S.C.'s Appeal to Academically Talented Students. Research Notes No. 31-76.
Fidler, Paul; Bucy, Eileen McGinity
The extent of the University of South Carolina's (USC) appeal to academically talented students was examined and potential areas of difficulty in recruiting such students were defined in a questionnaire study. The sample of academically talented students included all of the 1974 semi-finalists from South Carolina in the National Merit Scholarship Competition, as well as the 58 students who competed as semi-finalists for one of USC's Carolina Scholars Awards. It was found that USC's appeal to academically talented students is not strong. Such students who considered USC but elected to go elsewhere cited as the primary reason the academic reputation of the school. Those who chose to attend USC were more likely to cite low cost as the major reason, although the availability of the Carolina Scholars Program was a major influence for some. Based on student recommendations, USC could enhance its appeal to these students by taking steps to strengthen its undergraduate academic reputation, by promoting its newly created medical school, by expanding existing honors and study abroad programs, and by offering additional scholarships awarded on merit. (LBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. Div. of Student Affairs.