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Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation
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by Katherine Glaser and George W. Glaser - Humboldt State University
Students lack knowledge of the preparation required for graduate admissions. The need for and the impact of a training program in the graduate admissions process were investigated. The pilot training program included needs assessment, training, and program evaluation elements. A convenience sample of 128 female and 76 male psychology students participated in the study. Materials consisted of 2 questionnaires and a training module that included a training handbook. The program evaluation employed a nonequivalent control group design. Results suggest training on the graduate admissions process is needed and has an impact on students. With an alpha level of .05, the mean "assessed impact" score and the mean "perceived impact" score for the training group significantly exceeded those scores for the comparison group.