Graduate student success in psychology

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Abstract

Studied all graduate students who entered the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1965 through 1970 with respect to their success as graduate students. The predictors were the standard admission variables (e.g., Graduate Record Examination scores, undergraduate grades). The criteria included obtaining the doctorate, time taken to obtain the degree, and type and number of publications after the doctorate. As predicted, the standard ability variables correlated with early graduate school success criteria, such as 1st-year grades. In addition, peer ratings of need for achievement, conscientiousness, and commitment to psychology emerged as important predictors of later success. Sex differences were less than anticipated, although proportionally fewer women completed the degree than men. Data suggest the possibility of using a multiple-hurdles model for graduate school selection and retention, with the hurdles being defined throughout the student's career. (15 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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