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  • First-semester GPA a better predictor of college success than ACT score

    Colleges and universities that want to boost completion rates among underrepresented students may want to pay closer attention to students first-semester GPAs, which are reliable predictors of whether students will persist to graduate or drop out, suggests new research by Susan Gershenfeld, who conducted the research while earning a doctorate in social work at Illinois. Gershenfelds co-authors were educational policy studies professor Denice Ward Hood and social work professor Min Zhan, who also was Gershenfelds thesis adviser.

    Colleges and universities that want to boost completion rates among underrepresented students may want to pay closer attention to students’ first-semester GPAs, which are reliable predictors of whether students will persist to graduate or drop out, suggests new research by Susan Gershenfeld, who conducted the research while earning a doctorate in social work at Illinois. Gershenfeld’s co-authors were educational policy professor Denice Ward Hood and social work professor Min Zhan, who also was Gershenfeld’s thesis adviser.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Susan Gershenfeld, call 217-979-3774; email sgershen@illinois.edu

    Denice Ward Hood: call 217-244-1886; email dwhood@illinois.edu