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Predictive Variables for Academic and Clinical Success in Speech-Language Pathology

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  • Admissions criteria are set by a university in an attempt to choose the candidates who will be the best clinicians and professionals to represent their field of choice. Our study aimed to help pinpoint the admissions criteria that would be most helpful in determining the applicants who would make the best clinicians in the field of speech and language pathology. Seventeen years of data on previous students enrolled in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Alberta were examined for this purpose. A number of admissions variables (undergraduate grade point average [GPA], prerequisite GPA, Graduate Record Exam [GRE] score and subscores, undergraduate degree, letters of reference, statement of career interest, age, and gender) as well as outcome variables (program GPA and clinical evaluation scores) were examined. Results indicated that current admission criteria account for 27% of the variability of students’ academic performance and 3% of the variability in students’ clinical performance. These results suggest that there may be other admission criteria that are more predictive of academic and clinical success than the ones currently employed within the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Alberta.

  • Date created
    2014-06-27
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  • Type of Item
    Report
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3RJ4989C
  • License
    Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International