Grading Transfer versus Continuing Students in Undergraduate Forestry: Who Will Excel?

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Educators have long discussed whether students who transfer into undergraduate forestry programs perform as well as students who enter these programs as freshmen. Looking at six years' worth of bachelor of science graduates at Auburn University's forestry program, we find that standardized test scores and transfer grade point average are significant predictors of these students' subsequent academic performance in the required forestry curriculum, but that high school grades are not. Recruitment efforts should consider applicants' ACT or SAT scores, and if the tests are not required for applicants from community colleges, these potential transfer students should be evaluated on the basis of their transfer grade point average. The study sample is restricted, however, because not all data are comparable. This article frames the issue and points to the need for additional research.

Keywords: education; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; public universities; standardized tests

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor Forest Policy Center, Auburn University, Auburn University, AL, 36849-5418, 2: Former Director of Student Services (Retired) School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn University, AL, 36849-5418

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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