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Perceptions of veterinary admissions committee members of undergraduate credits earned from community colleges or online compared to traditional 4-year institutions

L.R. Kogan1,*, S.M. Stewart1, R. Schoenfeld-Tacher2 and P.W. Hellyer2.


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Veterinary admission committees are asked to create and implement a fair, reliable, and valid system to select the candidates most likely to succeed in veterinary school from a large pool of applicants. Although numerous studies have explored grade point average (GPA) as a predictive value of later academic success, there has been little attention paid to how and where an applicant acquires his/her undergraduate coursework. Quality of academic program is an important component of applicant files, and it is suggested that the source of a candidate’s coursework might influence admissions committee decisions, perhaps even outside of the committee’s immediate awareness. Options for undergraduate education include taking classes at a traditional four-year institution, a community college, or online. This study provides an overview of the current state of online courses and community colleges in the US as a foundation to explore the views of veterinary admissions committee members pertaining to coursework completed at traditional residential 4-year schools or at community colleges and whether they are delivered on campus or online (at either type of institution). Survey participants reported a pattern of preference for traditional four-year residential coursework compared to online or community college courses. These results are interesting given the exponential growth of students taking online courses and data showing community colleges are providing a successful gateway to obtaining a four-year degree. This also points to the need for admission committees to discuss potential biases since the information about type of school and/or course may not be consistently available for all applicants. Finally, at a time when admitting a diverse class of students is a goal of many programs, it is of special concern that there are potential biases against courses taken online or from community colleges - venues that tend to draw a more diverse population than traditional 4-year universities.

Key words: Admissions criteria, Community college coursework, Online coursework, Veterinary admissions.


 
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L.R. Kogan,, S.M. Stewart, R. Schoenfeld-Tacher and P.W. Hellyer. Perceptions of veterinary admissions committee members of undergraduate credits earned from community colleges or online compared to traditional 4-year institutions. Open Vet J. 2015; 5(1): 71-84. doi:10.5455/OVJ.2015.v5.i1.p71


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L.R. Kogan,, S.M. Stewart, R. Schoenfeld-Tacher and P.W. Hellyer. Perceptions of veterinary admissions committee members of undergraduate credits earned from community colleges or online compared to traditional 4-year institutions. https://www.openveterinaryjournal.com/?mno=302656826 [Access: June 04, 2024]. doi:10.5455/OVJ.2015.v5.i1.p71


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L.R. Kogan,, S.M. Stewart, R. Schoenfeld-Tacher and P.W. Hellyer. Perceptions of veterinary admissions committee members of undergraduate credits earned from community colleges or online compared to traditional 4-year institutions. Open Vet J. 2015; 5(1): 71-84. doi:10.5455/OVJ.2015.v5.i1.p71



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L.R. Kogan,, S.M. Stewart, R. Schoenfeld-Tacher and P.W. Hellyer. Perceptions of veterinary admissions committee members of undergraduate credits earned from community colleges or online compared to traditional 4-year institutions. Open Vet J. (2015), [cited June 04, 2024]; 5(1): 71-84. doi:10.5455/OVJ.2015.v5.i1.p71



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L.R. Kogan,, S.M. Stewart, R. Schoenfeld-Tacher and P.W. Hellyer (2015) Perceptions of veterinary admissions committee members of undergraduate credits earned from community colleges or online compared to traditional 4-year institutions. Open Vet J, 5 (1), 71-84. doi:10.5455/OVJ.2015.v5.i1.p71



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L.R. Kogan,, S.M. Stewart, R. Schoenfeld-Tacher and P.W. Hellyer. 2015. Perceptions of veterinary admissions committee members of undergraduate credits earned from community colleges or online compared to traditional 4-year institutions. Open Veterinary Journal, 5 (1), 71-84. doi:10.5455/OVJ.2015.v5.i1.p71



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L.R. Kogan,, S.M. Stewart, R. Schoenfeld-Tacher and P.W. Hellyer. "Perceptions of veterinary admissions committee members of undergraduate credits earned from community colleges or online compared to traditional 4-year institutions." Open Veterinary Journal 5 (2015), 71-84. doi:10.5455/OVJ.2015.v5.i1.p71



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

L.R. Kogan,, S.M. Stewart, R. Schoenfeld-Tacher and P.W. Hellyer. "Perceptions of veterinary admissions committee members of undergraduate credits earned from community colleges or online compared to traditional 4-year institutions." Open Veterinary Journal 5.1 (2015), 71-84. Print. doi:10.5455/OVJ.2015.v5.i1.p71



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L.R. Kogan,, S.M. Stewart, R. Schoenfeld-Tacher and P.W. Hellyer (2015) Perceptions of veterinary admissions committee members of undergraduate credits earned from community colleges or online compared to traditional 4-year institutions. Open Veterinary Journal, 5 (1), 71-84. doi:10.5455/OVJ.2015.v5.i1.p71