ERIC Number: ED336045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: 0
A Method for Assessing the Impact of Individual Course Marks on Overall Freshman Student Performance. AIR 1991 Annual Forum Paper.
Academic records of first year students enrolled in Introductory Chemistry at the University of Guelph, Canada, were used to develop a method to examine the effects of individual courses on freshman academic performance. At the center of the technique is a new test statistic useful in creating individual course profiles. Because grade point averages for describing academic performance can be misleading, Introductory Chemistry was selected as a test case because its reputation as a difficult course might readily produce effects on grade averages. The study used data from 11 years (1980-1990) of grade records for full-time first year students (N=10,184). Initial analysis demonstrated that having Introductory Chemistry in a timetable will on average decrease a student's average by .6 to 1.4 percent. However, that was found to be a relatively useless fact. Consequently a new formula was developed for determining how much the chemistry grade deviated from the average of the student's other grades. The resulting simple mathematical formula produced a statistic which was found to describe the effects of individual course grades on overall student performance while being intuitively sensible and easy to use. The paper includes 3 tables, 3 figures and 12 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; University of Guelph (Ontario)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (31st, San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 1991).