Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Basic Academic Skills and Success in Business School

For several years business faculty at a regional university observed differences among junior-level business students' academic performance. They noted that some of these students appear to exhibit difficulty reading at a college level, as well as performing basic mathematical computations and using algebra. Their quantitative and reading abilities were measured using basic skills tests. The students' basic skills test scores obtained when they were entering freshman, their scores obtained during their junior year, the number of credits they transferred, and their gender were examined as determinants of their cumulative grade point averages (GPAs). The results indicate statistically significant correlations between students' performance in the basic skills tests as both entering freshmen and juniors and the cumulative GPAs at the end of the junior year. However, there was a stronger relationship with junior-year results. Furthermore, the analysis suggests that reading ability is the most important determinant of GPA. Statistically significant relationships did not exist between the students' cumulative GPAs and either their gender or number of credits transferred and their cumulative GPAs.