Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Junior-Year Business Students' Performance in Basic Skills Tests

For several years faculty in the School of Business Administration at a four- year state college have observed significant differences among junior-level business students' abilities to solve problems requiring reading and quantitative skills. Their quantitative and reading abilities were measured using basic skills tests and compared with the test results obtained when the students were entering college. The results indicate that: (a) many junior-year students lack college level reading and math skills and (b) most students' reading and computational abilities improved but, overall, there was no change in algebraic skills. This paper describes the testing process and results and recommends actions to correct the problems.