Date of Award:

1961

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

E. Wayne Wright

Abstract

The College of Forest, Range and Wildlife Management (hereafter referred to as the College of Forestry) at Utah State University has been concerned for some time with the problem of selecting from the applicants to their school the ones whom they think will be able to complete the requirements for graduation. The large number of freshman students placed on probation at the end of the fall quarter and of succeeding quarters each year fives some idea of the magnitude of the problem. It is not unusual for 40 or 50 percent of the entering freshmen to be in this category.

The faculty of the College of Forestry is interested in the students, not only as potential professional foresters, but also as individuals. They recognize the fact that failure is not only emotionally upsetting but also expensive, especially for students who have come, as many of them have, from out of state. The loss of time and money on the part of the students, as well as the effort expended by the professors, is a waste of human resources. Because of their desire to give each student as much opportunity as possible to succeed, the College of Forestry has devised a very elaborate probation program. If the student fails to maintain a 2.0 (C average) for two consecutive quarters, he is asked to sign a statement indicating that if he is unable to get satisfactory grades the next quarter he will withdraw from school and not register again for two quarters. This provides the student with a "cooling off period'' during which he can re-evaluate his goals in terms of his past performance in school.

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