ERIC Number: ED441379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing the Entering Student Admissions Profile at Stephen F. Austin University. A Feasibility Study.
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.
This study investigated the potential impact on enrollment of raising academic admissions requirements for first-semester freshmen at Stephen F. Austin University (Texas). Data collected in spring 1998 included three years of enrollment and admissions data from SFA's admissions office, 1995-96 statewide high school graduate and individual school characteristics from the Texas Education Agency, and statewide test performance data for 1996-97 and 1997-98 from the American College Testing Program. Telephone interviews were also conducted with admissions directors from a number of institutions identified as having raised their standards. Data analysis involved: (1) determining current sources of new freshmen and the extent to which alterations in enrollment policies might raise the institution's admissions profile; (2) determining the kinds of change in application/enrollment rates required to significantly raise the proportion of high-ability entering students; (3) identifying competing institutions; and (4) assessing probable enrollment consequences of raising admissions requirements. The study concluded that it was unlikely that current yields of high-ability students could be improved upon, and that raising admissions standards would likely result in a short-term decline in new freshmen enrollment. It was suggested that SFA keep current admissions standards in place, use low-profile efforts to attract high-ability students, and gradually increase admissions standards. Eight charts and 10 tables are appended. (CH)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Stephen F. Austin State Univ., Nacogdoches, TX.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.