Attendance and exam performance at university: A case study
Allen, D. O.; Webber, D. J.;
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
The link between absenteeism and students’ academic performance at university is perpetually a hot topic for teaching academics. Most studies suggest the effect is negative, although the strength of this effect is in dispute. The issue is complicated further when resear... View more
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1 In terms of the attendance policy, footnote 2 (page 154) states that a student who misses more than twice the number of lectures normally scheduled per week would receive an 'F' grade and that student who misses more than 6 microeconomics classes would receive an 'F'.
2 The reported results on the link between exam performance and absenteeism are rather surprising. From Table 2 we see that for all students, who missed a given class, the likelihood of responding incorrectly to a question relating to that class's topic increases from 9% in exam 1 to 14% in exam 3. Yet when absenteeism was at it highest for the no-policy group, in teaching block III and prior to the final exam, this group was only 2% more likely to get a wrong answer compared to those students in the policy group.