Who succeeds at university? factors predicting academic performance in first year Australian university students

McKenzie, Kirsten & Schweitzer, Robert D. (2001) Who succeeds at university? factors predicting academic performance in first year Australian university students. Higher Education Research & Development, 20, pp. 21-33.

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Abstract

With the increasing diversity of students attending university, there is a growing interest in the factors predicting academic performance. This study is a prospective investigation of the academic, psychosocial, cognitive, and demographic predictors of academic performance of first year Australian university students. Questionnaires were distributed to 197 first year students 4 to 8 weeks prior to the end of semester exams and overall grade point averages were collected at semester completion. Previous academic performance was identified as the most significant predictor of university performance.

Integration into university, self efficacy, and employment responsibilities were also predictive of university grades. Identifying the factors that influence academic performance can improve the targeting of interventions and support services for students at risk of academic problems.

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ID Code: 56040
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: academic performance, prediction, university students, progress, achievement
DOI: 10.1080/07924360120043621
ISSN: 1469-8366
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Educational Psychology (170103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Routledge
Deposited On: 02 Jan 2013 06:19
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2013 22:22

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