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An empirical look at criteria for admission to an undergraduate business program: Working paper series--03-10

Morgan, James and Tallman, Gary and Williams, Robert (2003) An empirical look at criteria for admission to an undergraduate business program: Working paper series--03-10. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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Many business schools require that students apply for admission to the professional business program after the completion of one to two years of preliminary and general coursework. These schools apply selection criteria to limit student admissions to those most likely to succeed in a business major. The selection criteria often include overall GPA and/or measures of performance in a specific set of classes. This paper examines predictors of academic performance of students admitted as business majors at a mid-sized public university in the Southwest. Students at this university are admitted to major status based in part on their grades in a set of courses of which seven are lower division business-related courses. Empirical analysis was performed to identify indicators that predict performance in the business major. Preliminary results suggest that student GPAs in the lower-division business classes are a strong indicator of their later performance in the upper-division core and a somewhat better indicator than overall GPA. Analysis of the impact of specific course grades was also performed and some patterns were identified that might be useful in targeting intervention efforts to improve student success.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 03-10
Keywords: Working paper, business programs, admissions requirements, predicting student performance, student success
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 23:36
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1593

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