STUDENT OUTCOMES AT UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA: A QUANTILE REGRESSION APPROACH*

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    Miller acknowledges financial assistance from the Australian Research Council and the Department of Education, Science and Training. The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of Greg Marie from the University of Western Australia for data provision, and Denzil Fiebig and two anonymous for suggestions on this line of research. Opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the funding agencies or the University providing the data.

Professor Paul W. Miller, Business School, Mail Bag M251, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009, phone +61 8 6488 2924, email: Paul.Miller@uwa.edu.au

Abstract

Students’ success during their first year at university is largely influenced by their university entrance score. Personal characteristics and secondary school characteristics also impact on success. This paper uses quantile regression to investigate how the effects of these factors vary along the grade distribution. It finds that the factors which influence grades have a more pronounced impact on the success of low-achieving students than on that of high-achieving students. These results have implications for student selection and also for the way scholarships may be used to attract talented high school students.

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