A study was conducted to determine whether the General Educational Development (GED) Test credential was acceptable to employers in hiring and promoting employees. Major employers in the Denver Metropolitan area were surveyed to determine (1) whether or not there are policies regarding GED credentials versus high school diplomas in governing the hiring of new employees; (2) whether or not possession of a GED credential will make an individual equal in hiring status to a person having a high school diploma; (3) whether or not jobs are available that might not be without an educational credential; (4) whether or not a GED credential will enhance promotion possibilities; and (5) whether or not a GED credential affects pay increases. Questionnaires were sent to 360 employers of more than 250 persons, with a return of 184 questionnaires (51 percent). The results showed that almost all employers in the Denver area accept the GED as equivalent to a high school diploma when hiring new employees. The study also found that the types of jobs available to those with a high school diploma or equivalent are more managerial, technical, and skilled than those available to persons without either a high school diploma or a GED credential. Having a GED credential could also increase the possibility of promotion by showing the employee's initiative. Earning a GED credential would not influence pay except as it might increase chances for promotion. (KC)
Summary of doctoral dissertation, University of Northern Colorado, 1983.
Colorado (Denver); General Educational Development Tests
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American Council on Education, Washington, DC. GED Testing Service.