Structure of Guaranteed Admission Agreements and Variables to Predict Student Success

Summary

This research evaluates the structure and intention of guaranteed admission agreements for first-time freshmen and transfer students at large public institutions. We also consider which variables administrators apply to predict student success through these admission agreements.

Key observations from our research

1. Guaranteed admission agreements for first-year students consider applicants' class rank, high school GPA, and standardized test scores.

2. Administrators and government officials design guaranteed admission agreements to provide opportunities to diverse populations in place of affirmative action.

3. Transfer admission agreements require students to complete major-specific coursework, achieve certain GPAs, and complete a minimum number of credits at community colleges.

4. Administrators and institutional research analysts differ in their opinions on which variables best determine student success, but all contacts utilize a combination of variables to predict student success.

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