Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Jose R. Hinojosa

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Wrinkle

Third Advisor

Dr. Gary Tschoepe


At least thirty percent of students who enter Texas public higher education each year have basic skills deficiencies and cannot perform effectively in college. The TASP Test was developed to identify these students. Moreover, this test must be passed in order to obtain a degree from a Texas public institution.

A survey of 150 entering freshmen from the University of Texas-Pan American was examined to identify variables that influence student performance on the TASP Test.

Chi-square tests uncovered academic, socioeconomic, and institutional bivariate relationships with TASP performance. Multiple regression analysis indicated that academic variables primarily predicted TASP performance.


Copyright 1996 Billy B. Watkins. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American