News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Knight Foundation

Akron Children's Hospital


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education


GPA vs ACT at the University of Akron
U Akron researchers say student Grade Point Average is a better predictor of freshmen success than their ACT scores. 
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
Officials at the University of Akron will host Ohio’s new Chancellor of the Board of Regents, John Carey, tomorrow (Thurs). They want to explain their new plan to admit students based predominantly on their high school Grade Point Average. The school provost says it’s the best predictor of success.  
Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:24)


University officials usually defend college placement test like the ACT or SAT by saying they are good predictors of students’ success. The University of Akron uses ACT scores and high school GPA.  But Akron researchers have compared data over the last three years and now say GPA scores are an 80% better predictor of student success than the ACT.  At least for their freshman year. Provost Mike Sherman says students with both low GPA’s and low ACT scores will have less than a 10% chance of graduating..

“We shouldn’t have those students start here.  And in fact our collaboration with our community college partners is where we’ll facilitate the success of the students that we choose not to accept on the basis of this framework.”

But Sherman says Akron will accept credits these students earn from a number of community colleges.

“We’re not excluding them;  we’re including them on a pathway to the University of Akron.   For some students we won’t be their first step.  We’ll be their second step.”

Ohio legislators are cutting funding for remedial classes and the 4 year state schools are phasing them out.  Sherman says Akron plans further studies on such items as specific reading or math scores and what role they have in predicting success at college.

The University of Akron is hoping to offer a sale on summer courses for students looking to start this fall.  The board of trustees today (Wed) approved an early enrollment plan for incoming freshmen called Zip-Start.  It offers a flat rate of $750 dollars for a three-hour summer course or one-thousand dollars for two  three-hour courses.  The general service fees are eliminated.  The plan would go into effect this summer if the Chancellor approves. 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Columbus groups are trying to pass a Bill of Rights to combat fracking
Its about time we make a stand against the criminal actions of an entire Indsutry.

Crystal Ball says Ohio governor's race is done
How much is the Kasich campaign paying you to keep repeating the phrase "woman who is not his wife"? Fitzgerald was in the car with a friend who happens to be f...

Plane that crashed killing Case students is a popular training aircraft
The following is incorrect. The last few words should read "UNDER maximum gross take-off weight." “They have a normal take-off speed and all those take-off...

Exploradio: The never-ending war against superbugs
Super Federico ,we are so proud of you ,and very lucky to be among your friends . Keep it up human kind needs people like you to survive .Thanks for being so d...

Ohio's Lyme disease-carrying tick population is exploding
Interesting report. The last sentence needs some editing. It isn't a good idea to "save garments carrying ticks for analysis." The garments carrying t...

Teach for America enters third year in Ohio
For more background on TFA, check out http://reconsideringtfa.wordpress.com/

Faith leaders hold week-long prayer vigil at Ohio Statehouse
I think this is the wrong link to the audio. Its Andy Chow about cigarette taxes.

A $30 million plan to turn Cleveland's Public Square from gray to green
The current plan is for the Land Bank, RTA, and Mr. Jeremy Paris to run a bus line through the new Public Square and cutting the park in half. Save Public Squar...

Medina County residents question safety of proposed natural gas pipeline
I'm very concerned about this nexus project. I've received mail requesting my permission to allow the company to survey my property. I don't understand how thi...

A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
Enjoyed your excellent coverage of the statehouse for sometime now, never dreamed I'd be on. The feedback from people has been great. Thank you. Doris Adams

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University