Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Causal-Comparative Study of Colombia's Institutional Accreditation System and Graduation, Employability, and Attrition in Higher Education
by Solarte, Carlos Alberto Florez, Ed.D., Grand Canyon University, 2017, 246; 10283189
Abstract (Summary)

A causal-comparative research of Colombia’s institutional accreditation system (CIAS), specifically the assessment indicators students (S), professors (P) and relevance and social impact (RSI), and the quality of higher education as measured by student graduation rates, graduate employability rates, and student attrition rates has not been sufficiently investigated. The purpose of this study was to examine what differences, if any, exist in student graduation, graduate employability and student attrition based on accreditation status of the university (assessed using indicators of S, P and RSI). The theoretical foundation of the study was excellence in higher education (EHE) model that uses key elements to assess quality and effectiveness of higher education institutions. Data for the study’s sample, which comprised of 62 universities, 31 accredited and 31 non-accredited, were extracted from SNIES, the official source of numeric data for all of Colombia’s higher education institutions. A Mann-Whitney U test indicated greater rates for student graduation for accredited universities than non-accredited (U = 184.500; Z = -3.421; p = .001). A t-test did not show significant differences in indicators of graduate employability (t(60) = 2.200, p = .320) and student attrition rates (t(60) = 1.102, p = .283) between accredited and non-accredited universities. The findings suggest that S and RSI are valid indicators of quality within the country’s accreditation system, but there is a need to reform the indicator P, to improve university quality. Keywords: accreditation measures, student graduation, graduate employability, student attrition, university quality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bonilla, Sheila F.
Commitee: Lehmann, James, Rizo, Harold J.
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher education
Keywords: Accreditation measures, Graduate employability, Student attrition, Student graduation, University quality
Publication Number: 10283189
ISBN: 978-1-369-82252-6
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