Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Identifying Student Algebra Skills as a Part of Outcomes Assessment in Principles of Finance

This study of Principles of Finance students, which was designed for use as a part of a regional university's school of business accreditation process by the AACSB-The International Association for Management Education-focuses on measuring outcomes in research/quantitative analysis. Specifically, it examines: 1) start-of-semester student competency in basic algebra and 2) the relationship between start-of-semester algebra competency and performance on Principles of Finance tests. The study results indicate 1) large variations among students' basic algebra competencies, 2) many students have difficulty solving "word problems," and 3) high levels of correlation between students' start-of-semester algebra skills and their finance test scores.