Who succeeds at university? Factors predicting academic achievement of first-year Dutch students

Marjon Bruinsma and Ellen Jansen
 

Abstract
 
Literature distinguishes three complexes of factors that affect university achievement. Firstly, factors related to characteristics of the education system and study financing. Secondly, Factors related to how institutions organise their education. Finally, these concern student characteristics. The effects on achievement were examined. Dutch first-year university students filled in a self-report questionnaire on motivation and deep information processing. Further, student ratings provided information on quality of courses. Finally, information on quantity of courses, in terms of number of contact hours was obtained through study guides. Multilevel analyses showed that ability, motivation, quality of assessment and the numbers of self-study hours, active hours and passive hours, affected achievement.

Keywords
  university - achievement - instruction - student characteristics - Netherland

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  Bruinsma, M. and Jansen, M. (2005). Who succeeds at university? Factors predicting academic achievement of first-year Dutch students. Revista Electrónica Iberoamericana sobre Calidad, Eficacia y Cambio en Educación, 3(1).
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