ERIC Number: ED259600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
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Private/Public Tuition Change: Does It Affect Private College SAT Admission Standard?
Egan, James P.
The possibility that some private colleges, when faced with relative tuition differences and/or changes, will experience a change in Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) averages of new students was investigated. Data on 710 private and 349 public four-year colleges for 1967 and 1971 covered tuition, income, enrollment, institutional characteristics, and academic ability measures. Thirteen subgroups of private colleges were also assessed. Based on 14 stepwise multiple regressions, it was found that during 1967-1971 the rate of change of tuition at private colleges relative to the rate of tuition change at public colleges adversely affected the SAT percentile change of most (but not all) groups of private colleges. However, the results also show that 1967-1971 changes in relative private/public tuition, and the dual tuition policies of states that help determine such relative tuition changes, do not determine most of the SAT percentile changes experienced by private colleges during the period. Most of the SAT percentile change was related to institutional characteristics and may reflect the consequences of choice changes rather than the impact of a dual-tuition rate policy by states. Questions about the consequences of dual tuition systems are also identified. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)