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The Effect of Various Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Weighting Schemes on the Medical School Admissions Rates of Under Represented Minorities

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Title: The Effect of Various Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Weighting Schemes on the Medical School Admissions Rates of Under Represented Minorities
Author: Ballejos, Marlene
Advisor(s): Parkes, Jay
Committee Member(s): Armstrong, Jan
Bear, David
Romero-Leggott, Valerie
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Individual, Family and Community Education
Subject(s): admissions
medical school
minority
non-cognitive
scoring
selection criteria
LC Subject(s): Medical colleges--Admission--Social aspects
Medical colleges--Entrance requirements--Social aspects
College admission officers--Attitudes
Minorities--Education (Higher)--United States--Social aspects
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: 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.
Graduation Date: December 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12069

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