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ERIC Number: EJ790778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
Assessment Measures: The ACT Assessment Student Profile and Interest Inventory
Pike, Gary R.
Assessment Update, v17 n4 p14-15 Jul-Aug 2005
The popularity of first-year experience programs, freshman interest groups, and freshman seminars is evidence of a growing interest on the part of administrators and faculty in what happens to students during the first year of college. Theory and research indicate that students' experiences during the first year can set the tone for the remainder of the college experience. Although administrators and faculty are committed to improving the quality of students' first-year experiences, they frequently have a difficult time determining what types of programs to provide and for whom. At many colleges and universities, information about needed first-year programs is available with students' admission test scores. According to American College Testing (ACT), the ACT Assessment examination is the most widely accepted standardized national admission test, and most college administrators are familiar with the English, mathematics, reading, and science scores provided by the multiple-choice tests. When prospective college students register for the ACT Assessment, they answer a series of questions that provide a wealth of noncognitive information to colleges and universities. This article describes the Student Profile Section and the ACT Interest Inventory, as well as the kinds of information about students that are available from them, which can be used by administrators and faculty who wish to learn about their students, design programs that meet students' needs, and help match programs with students to improve learning and development. (Contains 2 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; ACT Interest Inventory