ERIC Number: ED128671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
College Admissions 1975: Survey and Recommendations.
Greenberg, Alfred S.; O'Brien, John S.
The participants conducted a survey of more than 200 four-year colleges and universities, asking Directors of Admissions to rank in order of importance 12 selected factors in the college admissions/evaluation process. The factors included, among others: rank-in-class, high school average, extracurricular activities, college interview and the counselor's letter of recommendation. A sample of high school students also ranked the order of importance of these factors. Eighty-two percent of the schools returned the completed ballot (165/202 schools). The results indicated that the most important element in the college admissions decision was the student's achievement in high school, followed by SAT scores. The students' impressions of the importance of the factors were generally accurate in reflecting the rank order established by the college admissions personnel. The participants feel that the order of priorities of the college admissions personnel is misplaced: counselors' opinions as "evaluators" of students are taken as more relevant than the direct evidence of scholarship and motivation that students themselves can present in interviews and in essays on college applications. It is recommended that counselors stop evaluating students and begin to help students to learn to evaluate themselves. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Appendices filmed sideways; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 11-14, 1976)