Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present
Reading Ability as a Predictor of Student Success in Business School
For several years accounting faculty at a regional university observed that some of their students exhibited difficulty reading. This study of 235 sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in business classes examines the relationship between their reading abilities as measured by the Nelson-Denny Reading Test and their cumulative grade point averages. The results indicate that students who have higher levels of reading comprehension and reading vocabulary have higher cumulative GPAs. Furthermore, the results indicate that about 16 percent of the students tested could not read at the first-year college level. This paper describes the testing and recommends that students' reading abilities be factored into the admission process.