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ERIC Number: EJ856359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Predicting Retention of Mathematics and Science Majors at a Research One Institution and Suggested Advising Tools
Scott, Timothy P.; Tolson, Homer, Huang, Tse-Yang
Journal of College Admission, n204 p20-24 Sum 2009
In this study an entering cohort of freshmen majors in mathematics and science at a land grant, research one institution was examined to first determine if a group of students who persisted in science and mathematics disciplines were different in terms of pre-college characteristics from a group of students who dropped with grade point averages (GPAs) less than 2.0 and another group of students who dropped with grade point averages equal to or above 2.0. In particular, rank in high school graduating class, math SAT and verbal SAT were examined. Secondly, these three variables were examined as predictors of group membership for students retained in math and science, students who changed from mathematics and science with GPAs less than 2.0, and students who changed from math and science with GPAs equal or greater than 2.0. This study informs admission counselors about SAT and high school performance for would-be STEM majors. Whether admission decisions or intrusive academic advising might be based on such factors is a decision for individual institutions. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)