The final assessment received by graduates in Italy is expressed on a 66-110 scale points and this quantity is determined by the marks average of all exams and an extra value depending on the judgement of the Commission with regard to the thesis defense. Although the final grade is expressed on a quantitative scale, what it is really important for the future career of a graduated student is the qualitative ordinal evaluation of the final grade (from a very low assessment up to excellent, and first class honors). Empirical evidence and academic rules confirm that finale grades are related both to subjects’ covariates and latent variables connected to students’ background and career. In this paper, we will apply models for ordinal data as this framework seems more reliable with respect to the final judgment. Specifically, we introduce a class of ordinal models where a direct evaluation of the probability of a qualitative result is fitted and then modelled by means of gender, duration of studies and secondary school diploma marks. An empirical case study have been analyzed for a large data set of graduated in Political Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, and the main results are discussed.

Modelling University students’ final grades by ordinal variables / Piccolo, Domenico. - In: QUADERNI DI STATISTICA. - ISSN 1594-3739. - STAMPA. - 10:(2008), pp. 203-225.

Modelling University students’ final grades by ordinal variables

PICCOLO, DOMENICO
2008

Abstract

The final assessment received by graduates in Italy is expressed on a 66-110 scale points and this quantity is determined by the marks average of all exams and an extra value depending on the judgement of the Commission with regard to the thesis defense. Although the final grade is expressed on a quantitative scale, what it is really important for the future career of a graduated student is the qualitative ordinal evaluation of the final grade (from a very low assessment up to excellent, and first class honors). Empirical evidence and academic rules confirm that finale grades are related both to subjects’ covariates and latent variables connected to students’ background and career. In this paper, we will apply models for ordinal data as this framework seems more reliable with respect to the final judgment. Specifically, we introduce a class of ordinal models where a direct evaluation of the probability of a qualitative result is fitted and then modelled by means of gender, duration of studies and secondary school diploma marks. An empirical case study have been analyzed for a large data set of graduated in Political Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, and the main results are discussed.
2008
Modelling University students’ final grades by ordinal variables / Piccolo, Domenico. - In: QUADERNI DI STATISTICA. - ISSN 1594-3739. - STAMPA. - 10:(2008), pp. 203-225.
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