Revista Iberoamericana sobre Calidad, Eficacia y Cambio en Educación (Dec 2015)

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

  • Marjon Bruinsma,
  • Ellen Jansen

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 3, no. 1


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Over the years, higher education researchers have examined the factors that influence or enhance academic achievement and factors that prevent students from dropout. In the early days the emphasis was on effects from student variables such as ability and socio-economic status. More recently -influenced by school effectiveness research- variables related to the educational system and related to the manner in which institutions organise their education have been included in the analyses. This paper examines these three complexes of factors and focuses on the problem “what influences academic achievement of first-year students at the University of Groningen?”