Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


This project is the culmination of three terms of preparation, research and analysis. It examines the origins and results of levels of focus, confidence and ambition demonstrated by students of the class of 2002 as they made the transition between high school and college. It considers trends concerning these levels by investigating academic performance of students at the high school and college level through the utilization of a dataset containing CIRP, MBTI, high school grades and WPI first-year grades. The paper concludes that confidence levels in students entering WPI are an indicator of their academic future.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies