Proceedings of The 2nd World Conference on Teaching and Education
Students’ Success A Study About How Academic and Personal Background of the Students Can Affect Their Success in the First Year Bachelor of the International Business Bachelor
Hani Al-Ers1, Vedat Yilmaz, Joost Lengkeek, Mikhail Syoufi and Xiao Peng
The continuous dropout of students has been a problem within the academic sector for a long time. The reason behind these dropouts has been attributed to different factors. The main factors have always been pre-bachelor grades and pre-bachelor education level. This study examines data to find correlations between students’ academic and/or personal factors and the success in the first year of the International Business study bachelor. By academic factors, we mean pre-bachelor English grades, math grades and pre-bachelor education level. While personal factors are limited to gender and parents’ education level. The methodology of this study is based on correlation analysis with the goal to explore whether different factors influence a student’s success in the first year of the International Business bachelor. Findings indicate that students from international business studies with a higher pre-bachelor math grade in their pre-bachelor phase have a higher chance of success compared to their counterparts that have a lower grade. However, pre-bachelor English grade does not seem to have an impact on a students’ success. A logistical regression test on the variables for pre-bachelor math grades and completion of the first-year results in a prediction rate of 61.5%. This means that with the pre-bachelor math grade a confident prediction can be made. Although literature review shows that the parents’ education levels have an impact on students’ success in the first year, our findings indicate a low correlation. Meanwhile, gender shows a weak correlation, but it is low and favors females.
Keywords: first-year success, math grades, English grades, International Business, pre-bachelor.