An Evaluation of the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Scholarship Selection System
Research rept. 1 Sep 1976-30 May 1978
UNIVERSITY CITY SCIENCE CENTER PHILADELPHIA PA
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The Army ROTC scholarship system was evaluated using a longitudinal data set composed of information on 16,000 individuals including applicants for Army ROTC scholarship, students in college on ROTC scholarships, and officers on active duty commissioned from West Point, ROTC and officer candidate school. The data spanned a twelve year period. The variables used in selection are Scholastic Aptitude Test or American College Test scores, high school class standing, extracurricular and athletic activities and leadership, and an interview score assigned by a board composed of Army officers. The validity of these variables and their relative weights in scholarship selection were empirically assessed. Regression analysis across time, using selection variables to predict college and Army level criterion variables, are reported. Equitable treatment of women and minorities is discussed. Modification of selection variables are suggested to improve upon what was found to be a basically sound selection system.
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