ERIC Number: EJ1063458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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Investigating Academic Success Factors for Undergraduate Business Students
Kaighobadi, Mehdi; Allen, Marcus T.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v6 n2 p427-436 Jul 2008
Student academic performance is of major interest to all stakeholders of higher education institutions. This study questions whether or not statistical analysis of information that is readily available in most universities' official records system can be used to predict overall academic success. In particular, this study is an attempt to understand factors that affect academic success for business students by examining gender, age, ethnicity, and performance in two required core knowledge courses as predictors of academic success for a large sample of undergraduate students at a Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited business school. The results suggest that student performance is significantly related to some basic demographic variables, but the strongest predictors of overall academic success are the grades the students receive in core knowledge courses that are typically taken in the earlier semesters of business students' plans of study.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Business Administration Education, Academic Achievement, Success, Statistical Analysis, Required Courses, Grades (Scholastic), Predictor Variables, Sex, Age, Ethnicity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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