Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs

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This study investigated the cognitive and non-cognitive weighting schemes of the medical school admissions process and the effect they had on the rate of under-represented minority applicants being accepted to medical school. Non-cognitive characteristics were explored to ascertain which subcategory was the best predictor in determining the final overall non-cognitive score and whether the gender and/or race and ethnicity background of the interviewer had an influence on subcategory scoring. The sub scores used to derive the final non-cognitive score were based on four content areas: background and diversity, suitability for a career in medicine, problem solving and letters of recommendation.


Medical colleges--Admission--Social aspects, Medical colleges--Entrance requirements--Social aspects, College admission officers--Attitudes, Minorities--Education (Higher)--United States--Social aspects

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Educational Psychology

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Department Name

Individual, Family, and Community Education

First Committee Member (Chair)

Armstrong, Jan

Second Committee Member

Bear, David

Third Committee Member

Romero-Leggott, Valerie