Levels of Measurement
A report on intercollegiate athletics at a university that plays Division 1 addressed the issues of admission processes regarding academic and athletic programs. Specifically, this report discusses the trade-off between maintaining academic and athletic excellence. The Board of Trustees commissioned McKinsey & Co., a top management-consulting firm to do the research. One of the key findings was:
The standard for an athlete’s admission to Rice, as reflected in SAT scores alone, is lower than the standard for non-athletes by as much as 20 percent, with the weight of this difference being carried by the so-called “revenue sports” of football and basketball. Rice athletes are also admitted through a different process than the one used to admit non-athlete students (p. 24).
Based on what you have learned in this chapter about measurement scales, does it make sense to compare SAT scores using percentages? Why or Why not?
The Full Report
Please answer the questions: