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Chatman, Steve – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2009
The assertion that there are a limited set of generalizable good educational practices (Chickering & Gamson, 1987) with a common model of preferred active student engagement in learning (Kuh, 2001) is appealing to those responsible for simply stated institutional outcomes and to the faculty who teach in fields that espouse the same practices…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Practices, Undergraduate Students, Student Experience
Atkinson, Richard C.; Geiser, Saul – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2009
Standardized testing for college admissions has grown exponentially since the first administration of the old "College Boards" in 1901. This paper surveys major developments since then: the introduction of the "Scholastic Aptitude Test" in 1926, designed to tap students' general analytic ability; E.F. Lindquist's creation of…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Testing
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Sackett, Paul R.; Kuncel, Nathan R.; Arneson, Justin J.; Cooper, Sara R.; Waters, Shonna D. – Psychological Bulletin, 2009
Critics of educational admissions tests assert that tests measure nothing more than socioeconomic status (SES) and that their apparent validity in predicting academic performance is an artifact of SES. The authors examined multiple large data sets containing data on admissions and related tests, SES, and grades showing that (a) SES is related to…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Academic Achievement, Correlation, Influences
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Hignite, Michael; Margavio, Thomas M.; Margavio, Geanie W. – College Student Journal, 2009
Information literacy is a concept that has evolved as a result of recent efforts to move technology-based instruction and research to a level above the long-held concepts previously associated with "computer literacy"; the focus of information literacy education being the development of students' abilities to construct/collect and…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Information Literacy
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McPherson, Douglas – Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe how and why Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) has developed a system aiming to effectively place students in freshman and developmental English programs. The placement system includes: triangulating data from external test scores, with scores from a panel-marked hand-written essay (HWE),…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Educational Testing, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Miller, Thomas E.; Herreid, Charlene H. – College and University, 2009
This is the fifth in a series of articles describing an attrition prediction and intervention project at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa. The project was originally presented in the 83(2) issue (Miller 2007). The statistical model for predicting attrition was described in the 83(3) issue (Miller and Herreid 2008). The methods and…
Descriptors: Regression (Statistics), College Students, Higher Education, Student Attrition
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Kohlmyer, Matthew A.; Caballero, Marcos D.; Catrambone, Richard; Chabay, Ruth W.; Ding, Lin; Haugan, Mark P.; Marr, M. Jackson; Sherwood, Bruce A.; Schatz, Michael F. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2009
The performance of over 2000 students in introductory calculus-based electromagnetism (E&M) courses at four large research universities was measured using the Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment (BEMA). Two different curricula were used at these universities: a traditional E&M curriculum and the Matter & Interactions (M&I)…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Calculus, Introductory Courses, Predictor Variables
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Hossler, Don; Kalsbeek, David – College and University, 2009
The array of admissions models and the underlying, and sometimes conflicting goals people have for college admissions, create the dynamics and the tensions that define the contemporary context for enrollment management. The senior enrollment officer must ask, for example, how does an institution try to assure transparency, equality of access,…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Testing, Enrollment Management, Affirmative Action
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Wise, Steven L.; Pastor, Dena A.; Kong, Xiaojing J. – Applied Measurement in Education, 2009
Previous research has shown that rapid-guessing behavior can degrade the validity of test scores from low-stakes proficiency tests. This study examined, using hierarchical generalized linear modeling, examinee and item characteristics for predicting rapid-guessing behavior. Several item characteristics were found significant; items with more text…
Descriptors: Guessing (Tests), Achievement Tests, Correlation, Test Items
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Stankov, Lazar – Intelligence, 2009
Conservatism and cognitive ability are negatively correlated. The evidence is based on 1254 community college students and 1600 foreign students seeking entry to United States' universities. At the individual level of analysis, conservatism scores correlate negatively with SAT, Vocabulary, and Analogy test scores. At the national level of…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Cognitive Ability, Correlation, Community Colleges
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Tolar, Tammy Daun; Lederberg, Amy R.; Fletcher, Jack M. – Educational Psychology, 2009
The goal of this study was to develop and evaluate a structural model of the relations among cognitive abilities and arithmetic skills and college students' algebra achievement. The model of algebra achievement was compared to a model of performance on the Scholastic Assessment in Mathematics (SAT-M) to determine whether the pattern of relations…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Spatial Ability, Computation, Arithmetic
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Gayles, Jonathan – Educational Studies, 2009
Steroid use in professional sports continues to receive much media attention in the United States. The predominant response to the use of steroids in professional sports is negative. Much of the opposition to steroid use focuses on the critical importance of fair play in American society. To the degree that steroids provide some players with an…
Descriptors: Athletics, Drug Use, Substance Abuse, Sportsmanship
Montgomery County Public Schools, 2009
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) "Special Education at a Glance," which includes a copy of the "Guide to Planning and Assessing School-Based Special Education Programs," provides in a single document, information about the special education population at each Montgomery County (Maryland) public school, including…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Counties, Disabilities, Special Education
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Monto, Martin A.; Dahmen, Jessica – Journal of School Choice, 2009
This study compares the college freshman grade point averages of public and private high school graduates attending a "more selective" private university. Though graduates of public high schools had slightly lower SAT scores than graduates of private high schools, their end-of-freshman-year grade point averages were somewhat higher…
Descriptors: High Schools, Grade Point Average, Private Schools, Public Schools
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Neymotin, Florence – Economics of Education Review, 2009
In this paper, I analyze immigration's effect on the SAT-scores and college application patterns of high school students in California and Texas. The student-level dataset used is longitudinal in nature and is matched via a unique algorithm to the Census 2000 summary tabulation files to determine immigration at the local census-place level. The…
Descriptors: Immigration, High School Students, College Applicants, College Entrance Examinations
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