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ERIC Number: ED317242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
The Predictability of College Transfer Student Performance.
Wright, Robert J.; And Others
A study was conducted to investigate the differential predictability of academic success between those who transferred to a private multipurpose university from two-year colleges and those who transferred from four-year institutions. The study looked at success after one academic year, using Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores and grade point averages (GPA's) at the time of transfer as predictors. Data were collected from 697 students who transferred to the university during the academic years 1984 through 1989. The students transferred from six four-year colleges, nine community colleges, and one private two-year college. Findings included the following: (1) overall GPA at the time of transfer was 2.78 for two-year college transfers and 2.42 for four-year college transfers; (2) GPA after two semesters was 2.31 for two-year college transfers and 2.62 for four-year college transfers; (3) SAT verbal scores averaged 409.7 for two-year college transfers and 449.9 for four-year college transfers; and (4) SAT math scores averaged 453.0 for two-year college transfers and 490.9 for four-year college transfers. Cross validation was conducted by using 1988-89 data on 88 students. The study suggested that GPA at the time of transfer was the best predictor of academic success for transfer students from two-year colleges, and that both SAT scores and GPA's were necessary variables for predicting the academic success of transfer students from four-year institutions. (WJT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A