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Predicting Grades of College Freshmen: Disadvantaged and Regular.
Pedrini, Bonnie C.; Pedrini, D. T.
The study investigated the prediction of grade point average (GPA) for disadvantaged and regular freshmen at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the effectiveness, in terms of GPA, of an experimental program for disadvantaged students. Descriptive, variance, and correlational (single and multiple) analyses and chi square analyses related several factors (e.g., race, sex, financial aid, employment, ACT Composite scores, attrition/persistence) with GPA. Separate regression equations for various groups and subgroups resulted in greater precision. Singly or multiply, attrition/persistence and general achievement/aptitude (ACT Composite scores, corrected for restricted range when appropriate) were significant predictors of GPA for disadvantaged and regular freshmen. Additional predictors appeared unnecessary. In terms of GPA, the experimental program produced better results than the regular (control) program (however, this appeared to be an artifact of experimental courses elevating GPAs). For the ACT freshman population and for nonexperimental freshmen, GPA was significantly delineated by attrition/persistence, general achievement/aptitude, race, and sex. For experimental freshmen, GPA was significantly delineated only by attrition/persistence and general achievement/aptitude. (Author/RC)
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