ERIC Number: ED207446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Assessing Student Characteristics in Admissions to Higher Education. A Review of Procedures. Research Monograph Number 9.
Breland, Hunter M.
Student characteristics such as character, motivation, personality, maturity, creativity and judgment are examined to evaluate the relative utility of various procedures used in college admissions, to suggest possible new ways to use these procedures, and to explore less common procedures. The basic structure of this review is taken from that of Willingham (1974), in which graduate school admissions procedures were analyzed with respect to reliability, validity, and acceptability. Acceptability covers such considerations as implementation, fairness, and public acceptance. Procedures examined include: biographical data, recommendations, interviews, interest measures, personality measures, and combined procedures. The following research activities are offered as suggestions for improving admission procedures: (1) a comprehensive questionnaire; (2) improved reference recommendation procedures; (3) improved interview procedures; (4) formal interest assessment; (5) paramorphic representations of judgments; (6) reliability of admissions procedures; (7) criterion development; and (8) development of new procedures to help solve admissions problems. Appendices include biographical data, recommendations, admissions interviews, interest measures, and personality measures. Tables, references, and an annotated bibliography are provided. (LC)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Admissions Counseling, College Admission, College Applicants, Higher Education, Innovation, Measures (Individuals), Personality Assessment, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Interests, Student Motivation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.