The Utility of Career and Personality Assessment in Predicting Academic Progress
We examined the ability of four career and personality assessment inventories to predict students’ first-year college performance and persistence. Among our sample of 677 college freshmen who enrolled in a freshman orientation course, subscales from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and Social Skills Inventory uniquely predicted first-year college GPA, and subscales from these three instruments and the Career Factors Inventory uniquely contributed to the prediction of freshman-to-sophomore persistence, each after controlling for ACT/SAT scores. Our findings suggest that college counseling and career center staff may provide valuable retention-promotion efforts by helping to identify students at risk for poor academic performance or attrition on the basis of commonly used career and personality assessment inventories.
Kahn, Jeffrey H.; Nauta, Margaret M.; Gailbreath, R. Dennis; Tipps, Jane; and Chartrand, Judy M., "The Utility of Career and Personality Assessment in Predicting Academic Progress" (2002). Faculty Publications – Psychology. 28.
This article was originally published as Kahn, J. H., Nauta, M. M., Gailbreath, R. D., Tipps, J., & Chartrand, J. M. (2002). The utility of career and personality assessment in predicting academic progress. Journal of Career Assessment, 10(1), 3–23. https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072702010001001.