ERIC Number: ED508214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
A Researcher's Dilemma: A Comparison of Estimated versus Actual College G.P.A.
Herman, William E.; Nelson, Gena C.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) (40th, Rocky Hill, CT, Oct 22, 2009)
This study compared college student reported grade point averages (GPA) with actual GPA as recorded at the Registrar's Office to determine the accuracy of student reported GPA. Results indicated that, on average, students reported slightly higher GPA than their actual GPA. Additionally, females were virtually as accurate as males and students with high GPAs were more accurate than students with lower GPAs. Since 17% of unexplained variance in actual GPA was found based upon student GPA estimates, the findings support the recommendation that researchers employ the actual GPA recorded in the Registrar's Office whenever possible and feasible.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York