ERIC Number: ED208715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
General College Baccalaureate Applications, Admissions and Advising: 1976-1980. A Statistical Study.
Kahn, Peter T.
General College Studies, v16 n2 1980-81
A study was undertaken in the winter and spring quarters of 1980, addressing aspects of the baccalaureate application, admission, advising, and graduation processes at the General College of the University of Minnesota, a nontraditional postsecondary education program. Among the issues addressed were these: the distribution and trends of baccalaureate applicants in the schools and divisions, admissions success ratios, admissions response time, graduation rates in the school and among division, and advising flow and advisor load. Data were drawn from three institutional databases: baccalaureate program information file cards, committee action lists, and graduation lists. The results, presented in narrative and chart form in this report, indicate that 32 percent fewer students applied to the college's baccalaureate programs in the final year of the study (1980) than in its initial year (1976), a fact awating further study. However, the application figure for the final year represented an upswing from the previous year. Admissions success rates were inversely related to application rates, with proportionately more applicants being admitted toward the study's end. Divisional data generally followed the college-wide trends in these areas. However, divisional advising loads were not found to be equitable, with the science, business, and math division bearing the greatest load and the arts, communication, and philosophy divison having the smallest load. The composite adjusted time taken by the college to respond to an admission application was found to be seven weeks for 76 percent of applicants, or as high as 85-89 percent in some individual years. A sample student record card and notes on data compilation are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. General Coll.