By Steve Jobs Education Week EditorA new study has determined that students who graduate from a four-year college with a four percent grade-point average or higher are 50 percent more likely to get a job than students who are less educated.
The study was conducted by the Institute for College Access and Success (ICOAS) and the Institute of Education Sciences (IER) at the University of Michigan.
In addition, the researchers looked at data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), a nationally representative survey of students at four-month colleges and universities across the country.
“We’ve had some really good data about students who do better than other students on the GRE, but there’s been really little information about students’ grades and performance on the SAT, SAT-M, SAT,” said Adam Schiff, senior research fellow at IER.
“What this study shows is that students at colleges with strong programs in the high-stakes area, like those in the Northeast, have very high probability of being successful in the workforce.”
The report was released on Monday and includes data on more than 4,000 students who were awarded admission to a four year college or university in the United States.
Those students were then given a set of SAT-based exams to rate their performance on their college application.
Students who passed the test scored about 50 percent higher on the college admissions test than those who did not.
Students at four year colleges and colleges with a high percentage of minority students were less likely to graduate with a grade-level score of 70 or higher.
About 15 percent of the students who passed said they didn’t take the college tests, but were eligible to take the SAT.
The researchers analyzed SAT data for students from 2009 through 2014.
They also analyzed the scores of about 1,000 eighth-grade students who took the SAT in their first four years.
The data showed that students with a higher SAT score tended to do better in college than students with less SAT scores, but not by much.
They were also more likely than their peers who didn’t pass the test to be successful in their jobs.
The students who didn.t pass the SAT also had higher scores on the test than the students with high SAT scores.
Schiff said the data also showed that high SAT scorers were more likely for some students to be in college.
“We see this trend even for students who have the same SAT scores as high-scorers.
That shows that a high SAT level isn’t necessarily a guarantee that you’ll do well in college,” he said.
For students who did get into college, however, the data showed they were less successful in college and more likely of being unemployed.
The students who graduated from four-week college programs in 2009 had a higher average grade-school GPA than students in the same programs who did no work in their fourth year.
The report also showed a difference in their college placement rates.
Students with a lower GPA tended to be less likely than high GPA-ers to get into four-day colleges, and were less apt to graduate from college.
“When it comes to college, the students graduating from four year schools have a lower SAT score than those entering into four day schools, but their SAT scores are very similar,” Schiff said.
“Students who did well on the high score tended not to do as well in their classes as those who didn.”
For students with the same high score and similar SAT scores but a different college placement, Schiff says they should get into a four day college and have a higher GPA, but that’s not always the case.
“There’s a lot of evidence that students in college are not going to get the same academic success as students who don’t graduate from four day colleges,” he added.
Schiffs study is titled “The Effects of College Attainment on College Admissions Success: An Analysis of Students’ College Admission Scores and College Place.”
The report is available online at: https://iit.usgs.gov/iitnews/news/2017/iipnews/iitao-report-college-attainment-college.html