ERIC Number: ED386224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Predicting Graduation Status of Nursing Students Using Entering GPA and Grades in Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry.
Spahr, Anthony E.
A study was undertaken at Morton College, in Illinois, to examine the relationship of entering grade point average (GPA) and grades in prerequisite support courses in algebra, biology, and chemistry to graduation in the college's nursing program. A sample was developed of 255 students admitted to the nursing program in 1990, 1991, and 1992 and regression equations were calculated to determine the relationships between these predictor variables and graduation status after 2 years. Means and standard deviations were determined, and an additional follow-up logistic regression was performed to estimate a student's odds of graduating from the nursing program based solely on GPA. Results indicated that the best predictor of graduation status was entering GPA, followed by grades in biology and grades in chemistry. Although all of these correlations were significant, the amount of variance in graduation status explained by each was very small. Moreover, when entering GPA was included in the analysis, the independent contributions made by course grades were inconsequential. However, using GPA as the sole predictor indicated that a student with a low entering GPA was almost as likely to graduate from the program within 2 years as a student with a high GPA. This indicates that other variables besides entering GPA should be examined, such as reading skill level, computational skill level, and vocational interest tests. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Morton Coll., Cicero, IL.