Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name



Department of Counseling and Psychological Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Smothers


The graduation of students should be one of the primary goals of an institution of higher learning. Institutions of higher learning should never stop investigations to determine variables that seek to predict academic success of students. The purpose of this study is to determine the predictive validity of high school grade-point averages, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores and their relationship to the baccalaureate grade-point averages of students. The population used in this investigation included students that enrolled as freshmen at the [University] in the 1993 fall semester and who completed all requirements for graduation no later than the 1999 spring semester but no earlier than the 1996 spring semester. In this study information was presented that found the high school grade-point average to be a better predictor of baccalaureate grade-point average than the SAT score.