ERIC Number: ED207435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
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ACT Profiles of Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge Graduates and Selected Factors Which Affect Them. Research Report, Vol. 11, No. 2, July 1981.
Garner, Walter L., Jr.
Graduates of Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge (LSU-BR) were assessed in terms of their American College Testing (ACT) program scores and the factors that affect them. All LSU-BR graduates who were awarded the baccalaureate degree during the 1974-75, 1979-80, and 1980-81 academic years were studied. ACT scores were located for 59.1 percent (1,701) of the 1974-75 graduates, 63.5 percent (1,743) of the 1979-80 graduates, and 61.1 percent (1,770) of the 1980-81 graduates. The data indicate that declining ACT scores of LSU-BR enrollees should bottom out with the 1980-81 school year and show gains after that. It follows that declining ACT scores of LSU-BR graduates should also be turned around by the 1984-85 or 1985-86 school year. ACT scores indicate that up to one-half of the LSU-BR enrollees are not academically prepared for at least some of their regular freshman courses. Special efforts to help inadequately prepared students from 13.7 percent of the 1971-72 enrollees to 18.9 percent of the 1977-78 enrollees. The five-year program for academically unprepared students was begun at the beginning of the 1977-78 school year. Students in this program who do succeed in obtaining a baccalaureate degree are fairly evenly distributed among the school's colleges. It was also found that inadequate mathematics usage skills and inadequate reading skills are equally the leading academic cause for dropouts from the 1980-81 graduating class. Changes in Louisiana's ACT test population and taking the test more than once or in the junior year in high school are factors that affect trends in ACT scores. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Bureau of Educational Materials and Research.