Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Counseling Psychology & Community Services
Problem: The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship of several selected variables to the first year undergraduate grade point average of Canadian inale freshmen enrolled at the University of North Dakota during the 1967-1968 academic year.
Procedure: The subjects used in this study were 59 Canadian male freshmen who were enrolled in the University of North Dakota in the Fall of 1967. The subjects were randomly selected from the total Canadian male freshmen population.
The instruments used in this study were the American College Test, The Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior, the Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Feelings, and a personal biographical data questionnaire.
The statistical, tests employed included multiple correlation, the stepwise multiple regression technique, and the chi square goodness-of-fit approach. The .05 level was used to evaluate the significance of the obtained results.
Findings: The major findings of this study were as follows:
1. There was a significant relationship between high school grades earned and college achievement for Canadian male freshmen.
2. There was a significant relationship between ACT English Usage and college achievement for Canadian male freshmen.
3. There was a significant multiple correlation between the academic predictors (ACT Battery and high school grades) and college achievement for Canadian male freshmen.
4. When considered separately, only one FIRO Scale, namely, Wanted Control on FIRO-F, predicted the college achievement for Canadian male freshmen.
5. Several of the FIRO Scales, when used in combination, had a significant multiple correlation with college achievement for Canadian male freshmen.
6. There were no variables, singly or in combination, which yielded significant correlations with the college achieve ment of Canadian male freshmen.
Conclusions: It was concluded that the ACT Battery was an effective predic tor of college achievement for Canadian male freshmen. It was also concluded that high school grades were an effective predictor for this group.
Another important conclusion that the FIRO Scales offered potential as predictors of the college achievement for Canadian students, particularly when they are used in combination and examined by the multiple regression technique.
Finally, it was concluded that personal background factors did not serve as significant predictors of the college achievement of Canadian male freshmen.
Vraa, Calvin W., "The Relation of Selected Academic, Biographical and Personality Factors to the Achievement of Canadian College Freshmen" (1969). Theses and Dissertations. 3580.