Predicting Student's Academic Success at a Liberal Arts College in Wisconsin: A Quantitative Study
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As college enrollment rises, so do drop out rates. Dropping out of college can have many negative social, psychological, and financial affects. The college admissions process is one that is ever changing. Admissions officers look at transcripts, standardized test scores, extracurricular involvement, letters of recommendation, personal essays, as well as other artifacts they deem insightful into determining the potential college for success of a student. Of the five reasons for not finishing college, two are out of the control of the student (such as lack of guidance/support and illness of a family member or family issues) and a third is accounted for through other procedures (insufficient finances). There is a college admissions process that looks at some or all of these indicators. Based on the high number of students who do not finish their degrees however, this system is flawed. The goal of this study was to examine the other two variables, lack of maturity /fear and academic unpreparedness, and determine which high school indicators best lead to success in college. The two indicators that were studied in this investigation were high school GPA's and ACT scores as they relate to college graduation. The sample consisted of high school GPA's, ACT scores, and graduating GPA's from the college and was collected from the Registrar's office at liberal arts college in southeast Wisconsin. The test used for the statistical analysis of the data was a two-sample t-test assuming equal variance. These tests were run at the 5% level of significance. While the results showed that neither high school GPA or ACT scores could statistically predict success in college, the researcher analyzed the p-values and determined that high school GPA better predicts success in college than ACT scores. The study also revealed that high school students with GPA's at or above a 3.0 perform at or above the average student at the liberal arts college and that students with ACT scores at or above 27 perform at or above the average student at the liberal arts college studied. These results are particular to this liberal arts and other liberal arts colleges in similar demographics to the one studied. The results could however be used at similar institutions to assist in improving the admissions process.
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