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ERIC Number: EJ1059739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: EISSN-1531-7714
Defining and Measuring Academic Success
York, Travis T.; Gibson, Charles; Rankin, Susan
Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, v20 n5 Mar 2015
Despite, and perhaps because of its amorphous nature, the term "academic success" is one of the most widely used constructs in educational research and assessment within higher education. This paper conducts an analytic literature review to examine the use and operationalization of the term in multiple academic fields. Dominant definitions of the term are conceptually evaluated using Astin's I-E-O model resulting in the proposition of a revised definition and new conceptual model of academic success. Measurements of academic success found throughout the literature are presented in accordance with the presented model of academic success. These measurements are provided with details in a user-friendly table (Appendix B). Results also indicate that grades and GPA are the most commonly used measure of academic success. Finally, recommendations are given for future research and practice to increase effective assessment of academic success.
Dr. Lawrence M. Rudner. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A