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Predicting Career Progress of Graduate Students in Management (The Criterion Study: Phase IV, Stage 2) ATGSB

Crooks, Lois A.; Campbell, Joel T.; Rock, Donald A.
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ETS Research Report
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Graduate Management Admissions Council, Criterion Study, Administrators, Admission Test for Graduate Study in Business (ATGSB), Business Administration Education, Careers, Executive Position Description Questionnaire, Graduate Students, Noncognitive Assessment, Predictor Variables, Questionnaires


This technical report is the final report of a series describing research conducted in phases over a number of years under the heading, The Criterion Study. The major findings are: 1. The structure of the criterion domain is complex and varies with respect to both meaning and predictability across broad categories of management positions and responsibilities. That is, the definitions and requirements for career progress of those in staff positions are often not the same as for line positions. 2. ATGSB test scores, undergraduate grades, and index of undergraduate school quality (CES), the information most commonly used in admissions decisions, were found to contribute in varying degrees to the prediction of post business school career progress, although not consistently for all criterion factors or across career subgroups. Selected personality, leadership, and motivational characteristics become relatively more important than the traditional aptitude and achievement measures in predicting post business school criteria. Whether these noncognitive characteristics can be developed or enhanced in graduate business school is unresolved, but it is possible to take them into account in admissions decisions. 3. Ratings by faculty with respect to various personal characteristics gathered in undergraduate school or at some time in graduate school do predict future performance on selected post-graduate business school criteria. (151 p.)

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