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Miller, Carroll H. (Carroll Hiram), 1907-||Schmidt, Wesley I.

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Education


Wheaton College (Ill.); Universities and colleges--Admission


This paper was written with the express purpose of evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the interview program that was instituted at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois as part of the admissions procedure. It was impossible to determine any of the long range affects of the program because it had only been in existence for one year. After gaining the approval and cooperation of Mr. Charles W. Schoenherr, Directer of Admissions at Wheaton College, the writer undertook the task of picking an appropriate sampling of those participating in the program. I was able to have time during the freshmen orientation week in order to present my questionnaire to the students who had been admitted to Wheaton and had participated in the interview program. Thus the questionnaire was returned by almost one hundred per cent of the interviewed students. The people who did the interviewing were mailed their questionnaires with a return addressed stamped envelope. Of the fifty people who participated, forty questionnaires were returned and completed. The results for both questionnaires were computed as to percentage of yes, no, and no answer responses that were submitted for each question. The results indicated that the applicants felt the greatest strengths to be in the ability to present oneself as a person, which an interview allowed and an application form did not and the opportunity to appear before a three or four member committee rather than just one person. The main weakness that the student felt was in the relaying of information. They did not gain any new information about the school through the interview. The interviewers found the greatest strength to be the ability to observe and evaluate the applicant "in the flesh" and to evaluate each as a whole person. The greatest weakness seemed to be in the lack of communication between the committee as to exactly what they were to evaluate and the lack of definition for the adjectives appearing on the committee's report form. This was the result obtained from the study conducted.


Includes bibliographical references.


2, iii, 59 pages




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