ERIC Number: ED480928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Profile Results for Selected Nursing Students. Research Report 2002-05.
Belcheir, Marcia J.
As part of an ongoing effort to gather information on the impact of college courses on students academic skills, a small group of nursing students (n=35) at Boise State University, Idaho, enrolled in an upper division nursing course agreed to take the Academic Profile, a test that measures general academic skills. The results for these nursing students (21 seniors, 4 juniors, 4 sophomores, 1 freshman, and 5 designated other) were compared to those for Boise State freshmen tested in fall 2001, and results for seniors were compared with those of upper classmen at 60 other comprehensive colleges and universities who also took the Academic Profile. The mean scores of nursing students were significantly higher than those of freshmen in all areas except mathematics. The biggest differences in skill levels were found for reading and writing, and natural sciences showed the greatest chance in subject matter areas. While it is tempting to say that the higher scores of the nursing majors reflects the fact that they have completed more credits than freshmen, showing the value of college and general education, it may simply reflect the survival of students. It may be that who is in college changes, rather than skill levels. An appendix describes skill levels from the Academic Profile. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID. Office of Institutional Assessment.