Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Title

Journal of Public Affairs Education

Volume

17

Issue

3

Pages

447-460

Abstract

This article presents an in-depth examination of the validity of the admission factors employed by a NASPAA-accredited MPA program. Admission factors are examined to determine if particular factors, or a set of factors, are most indicative of an applicant’s potential achievement in the MPA program as measured by a student’s final grade point average (GPA) in the program. The study uses truncated regression techniques to analyze student records in order to determine the relative significance of a set of commonly collected admissions information. We find that the best predictor of success in the MPA program, as measured by final GPA in the program, is the applicant’s undergraduate GPA. This finding brings into question the utility of much of the information collected in a typical MPA program application.

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NOTE: Copyright National Association of Schools of Public Affairs & Administration.

Original Publication Citation

Leavitt, W. M., Lombard, J. R., & Morris, J. C. (2011). Examining admission factors in an MPA program. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 17(3), 447-460.

ORCID

0000-0002-5014-5748 (Lombard)

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