Though most of us have never served on a graduate program admissions committee, we can still appreciate the difficulty of their task: Given a stack qualified applicants, choose the few that you believe will succeed.
Where do you start? Perhaps you check on each applicant’s GPA, or focus just on the GPA in their science classes.
Or maybe you trust the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). After all, it’s designed to measure a student’s readiness for graduate school, right?
Because reviewers differ on which metrics they trust most, it’s worth considering a scientific approach to admissions. Are there any predictor variables that actually correlate with student outcomes?