ERIC Number: EJ1018194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Improving the Quality of Teaching in a State-Owned, Regional University
Ballerini, Aldo A.; Albarran, Manuel I.
Higher Education Management and Policy, v24 n2 p43-54 Nov 2013
The authors present a case study discussing student-oriented initiatives to enhance academic achievement. They focus on the academic, psychosocial and motivational weaknesses of students showing how these can be overcome with strategic projects to aid students in their first year of higher education. The case study, a multi-million US dollar project at a regional, state-owned university, the University of Bio-Bio, occurred over a three-year span -- 2007-10. The various initiatives created under the auspices of the project take into account the reality that 78.9% of the students are from the lower socio-economic quintiles of the population and have gaps in their linguistic and scientific knowledge, and lack the skills, learning attitudes, learning strategies and motivation necessary for success. By means of descriptive analysis and gap analysis, it is shown that the implementation of additional academic, psychosocial and motivational support initiatives reduce student dropout rates to 8.7% and 33.7% (in first and third year, respectively); reduce course completion times to 5.1, 5.6 and 7.7 years (in 4-, 5- and 6-year courses, respectively); improve employment, with satisfaction levels of 85% and 95% among graduates and employers; and increase accredited programmes by 82%. This article contributes to the body of knowledge focusing on methods to enhance national and international education systems, providing strategies to reduce the gap between students' skills upon admission and those needed to attain academic success in higher education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, State Universities, Low Income Groups, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Quality, Access to Education, Educational Policy, Case Studies, Student Adjustment, Educational Change, Teacher Education, College Curriculum, Time to Degree, Employment Opportunities, Dropout Prevention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Chile
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study