ERIC Number: ED446616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
A Longitudinal Investigation of the Success Rate of At-Risk Graduate Students: A Follow-Up Study.
Nelson, Jacquelyn S.; Nelson, C. Van; Malone, Bobby G.
The purpose of this study was to determine the combination of criteria that would accurately predict the success of at-risk master's level students in graduate education. Academic records of 918 graduate students who were classified as at risk (i.e., did not meet minimum admission requirements but were given an opportunity to take classes to show their proficiency at the graduate level) were analyzed. Success was defined as completion of the graduate degree, and the predictor variables studied were Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, graduate grade point average (GGPA) in the first nine hours of graduate study, undergraduate grade point average (UGPA), age, gender, academic area of study, and type of institution from which the baccalaureate degree was earned. When all records were analyzed, the GRE verbal score combined with either UGPA or GGPA were significant predictors of degree completion. The highest graduation rate occurred among students who earned their undergraduate degrees from master's level institutions; students from bachelor's institutions had the lowest graduation rate. The results varied, however, when individual academic areas were assessed. (Contains 44 references.) (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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