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ERIC Number: EJ893344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0309-877X
Elements and Symptoms of an Ineffective Higher Education System: Evidence from a Greek University
Katsikas, Elias S.
Journal of Further and Higher Education, v34 n3 p431-450 Aug 2010
University studies in Greece are characterised by a symptom usually described as "prolonged student status". This refers to students who prolong the period of their studies beyond the expected length for degrees, sometimes by many years. This article, as well as recording the distribution of the duration of studies in a public institution, reveals that a longer period of studies is strongly and negatively associated with academic performance. It then seeks to identify the causes of the symptom by examining two hypotheses. The first attributes prolonged student status to the operation of some objective factors such as differences in students' initial abilities and differences in students' socio-economic background. The second hypothesis associates a long stay at the university with the educational setting. The existing evidence lends support to the second hypothesis. (Contains 6 tables, 2 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece