Assessing the Academic Performance at Pre-College, College, and Post-College Levels for Universities in Saudi Arabia

Assessing the Academic Performance at Pre-College, College, and Post-College Levels for Universities in Saudi Arabia

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Assessing the Academic Performance at Pre-College, College, and Post-College Levels for Universities in Saudi Arabia

Purpose: The goal is to illustrate an approach to assessing the academic performance of college students in Saudi Arabia on (a) prior-to-college admission tests, (b) college GPA and coursework grades, and (c) post-college outcomes such as teacher licensure tests.Method: Data on pre- and post-college measures are available for a nationally representative sample across universities in Saudi Arabia. For a targeted college from this sample, (a) the performance on pre- and post-college tests is compared to that of other colleges with the same profile of major, (b) college GPA and coursework grades are analyzed for problematic aspects of student performance across semesters, and (c) pre-college admission tests are investigated for predictive validity on college grades and post-college professional outcomes.Results: With data for a specific college, the results indicated that (a) the college performance is at the national average on pre-college tests and post-college teacher licensure and aptitude tests, (b) the admission tests are valid predictors for college success and post-college outcomes, with unique contribution of some pre-college measures, and (c) there are some sharp fluctuations in GPA profiles across semesters and areas of major that need an investigations for problems associated with curricula, prerequisites for courses and so forth.Keywords: Evaluation Model, General Aptitude Test (GAT), Standard Achievement Admission Test (SAAT), NCA Teacher Test, General Aptitude Test for University Graduates (PGAT)

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