ERIC Number: ED299225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-9
Does the Use of Quantitative Criteria for Restricted Admissions Imply No Subjective Judgements?
Eckart, Joyce A.
A description is given of the efforts taken by the elementary education department at a medium-sized mid-western state university to create and implement a restrictive admissions process. An unpredicted influx of students attempting to register for the three pre-professional courses required for program admission brought into focus the necessity for restricting admissions. Factors considered in determining the number of students to admit were: (1) number of full- and part-time faculty; (2) number of sections that could be offered; (3) maximum student-faculty ratios; (4) number of class sections needed per group of students; and (5) desirable distribution between undergraduate and graduate education. Eligibiity scores were set as follows: (1) minimum grade point average; (2) minimum grade point average in each of the pre-professional courses; and (3) the pre-professional skill test to cut off 170 in each of the subtests. Values in each of these are weighted and summed. The top 75 students ranked on total score would be admitted. Problems associated with this procedure are discussed, and changes to be made in the future are presented. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators Summer Workshop (Starkville, MS, August 9, 1988).