Predictors of academic success of graduate students in the communications management curriculum of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Cook, Jon Leslie
Weitzman, R. A.
Normand, Eugene J.
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A study of Communications Management students was conducted using a specially constructed biographical questionnaire, the Strong Vocational Interest Blank, the Graduate Record Examination, and undergraduate academic performance to develop a procedure for selecting U.S. naval officers for the Communications Management curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School. Results showed that a method of predicting academic performance, using information currently available to the Postgraduate Selection Board, is more valid and requires less time than the current method of using the Educational Potential Code. The variables selected for predicting academic success were: third and fourth year undergraduate grade-point averages, undergraduate major in engineering (yes or no), and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (yes or no). Tables are presented to facilitate the use to the method developed. The report also summarizes the relationship to two criteria, academic performance and satisfaction, of all the instruments and information used and recommends the direction of future research.
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