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ERIC Number: EJ935223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Measuring the Success of an Academic Development Programme: A Statistical Analysis
Smith, L. C.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v23 n5 p1009-1025 2009
This study uses statistical analysis to estimate the impact of first-year academic development courses in microeconomics, statistics, accountancy, and information systems, offered by the University of Cape Town's Commerce Academic Development Programme, on students' graduation performance relative to that achieved by mainstream students. The data for four cohorts, covering the years 1999-2002 is pooled. The results suggest that membership of the academic development programme enables students to out-perform their peers on the mainstream controlling for a number of independent variables, and that the positive effect of the first-year courses on graduation performance is particularly pronounced for African students. The implications of these findings for higher education in South Africa are considered. (Contains 5 tables and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa (Cape Town)