Mexican Children

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By Christopher Erik Mattson

ChriStoPher erik mattSon, M.F.A., M.Ed. is the coordinator of testing accommodations for disability services and programs at the University of Southern California (CA). He earned his M.Ed. from the University of Southern California, M.F.A. from Brandeis University (MA) and B.A. from Western Washington University (WA) after first attending Linfield College (OR).



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Beyond Admission:
Understanding Pre-College Variables and the Success of At-Risk Students
Abstract This study examined pre-college variables from an admission-office perspective and the ability of these variables to predict college grade point average (GPA) for students specially admitted into an academic support program for at-risk students. The research was conducted at a private, highly-selective, research university in the southwest United States. The primary determining factors for this special admission program are lowerthan-average high school GPA and/or standardized test scores. Pre-college variables that most significantly predicted college GPA were high school GPA, gender of student, and leadership experience prior to applying. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores failed to predict success as measured by college GPA.
Beyond Admission Seventy-five percent of students who drop out of college do so during their first two years, and 57 percent of students leave their first college without graduating (Tinto, 1993). First semester grades (McGrath & Braunstein, 1997) and first year grades (Gifford, Briceño-Perriott, & Mianzo, 2006; Reason, 2003) are significantly linked with retention. Because these grades act as a quantifiable predictor of retention and because grades are associated with academic success, this study focuses on the predicting of first-semester and first-year GPA of at-risk…...

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