ERIC Number: ED563405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying Students at Risk for Leaving an Institution: SAT and HSGPA as Tools to Improve Retention
Shaw, Emily J.; Mattern, Krista D.
College Board, Slides presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) (Vancouver, BC, Apr 15, 2012)
The current study will explore the validity and potential of using the SAT, in conjunction with HSGPA, to arrive at a predicted FYGPA to improve student retention at four-year postsecondary institutions. Specifically, this study examined whether college students who did not perform as expected (observed FYGPA minus predicted FYGPA) were more likely to leave their institution. Results showed that both under- and over-performing students were more likely to leave college as compared to their academically similar peers who performed as expected. Recommendations for institutions to incorporate this information as part of a cost-effective and efficient detection tool to identify students that may be at risk for not completing their degrees and to help improve institutional retention rates are provided.
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Test Validity, Grade Point Average, High School Students, Academic Persistence, College Students, Predictive Validity, Prediction, Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, At Risk Students, Longitudinal Studies, Scores, College Freshmen, Student Characteristics, Racial Differences, Ethnic Groups, Gender Differences, Institutional Characteristics, Family Income, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Non-Print Media; Reference Materials - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: College Board
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)