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Note: Metrics for Study Success at Your University

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

March 2019

At the 2019 AIEA conference, I attended an interesting session on metrics; metrics of study success, the impact of Study Abroad of these metrics, and the correlation of that impact with specific student characteristics.

What are your university ’s metrics for study success?

Probably time to degree, the likelihood of completion, and the grade point average (GPA)? Maybe your university also aspires to have metrics on the GPA delta, showing the development from grades at the start and towards the end of studies?

Wouldn’t it be great to also have self-reported satisfaction scores, not only up to graduation but even in hindsight in 5, 10, 15 or more years after graduation?

What is the impact of Study Abroad on these metrics? Contrary to common belief, research indicates that Study Abroad doesn’t lengthen but shorten time to degree, increases the likelihood of completion, and leads to a higher GPA at graduation. How does that work for your university?

Also, how does that work out for different groups? Again, research indicates that Study Abroad has an even more positive impact on students from groups that generally struggle more in higher education. All more reason to address the fact that these students statistically have a far lower chance of gaining international education experience. How inclusive is internationalisation at your university?

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