the predictive validity of thc criteria used for the selection of candidates for Health Science College at Awassa

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Addis Ababa University


The issue of student selection for different training college has been a subject of scientific enquiry for many Years. The enrolment increase with limited resources, for example, makes it necessary for a college to evaluate selection criteria designed to identify those who wiff become professionals in the field. The purpose of this study was to assess the predictive validity of the selection criteria used were entrance examination results and ESLCE/ EHEECE GPA. Besides this, High school average scores were also considered as additional selection criteria in the study. The criterion measure used was the training performance scores throughout the training program. The subjects of the study were 281(male = 176 and Female =105) trainees who have been admitted to AHSC in 2004 and graduated in 2006 attending three series of regular programs. For the purpose of this study; the subjects were classified into four sub groups (cfinical nurse, pharmacy, laboratory and midwife) with respect to their fields of study. Results of the study indicated that the selection criteria have different predictive power in each subgroup. Entrance examination was found to be the best predictor of college GPA in each of the subgroups except the midwife field of study. But ESLCE/ EHEECE GPA was also better predictor of college GPA in the case of clinical nursing field of study only. In fa ct, the addition of another variable (high school average score) to those predictors improved the prediction accuracy in all fields of study. Finally, suggestions were given so as to improve the prediction power of one (ESLCE/ EHEECE) selection criteria.



election of candidates