Students with low access grades: success cases

Students with low access grades: success cases



Thanks of a PlaCLIK project (2019-20 call), the USQUID of our UCA (EiTIC) has carried out an analysis of the success cases of ICT degrees students who access to the university with below average admission scores. With this analysis, we wanted to verify that, although is not easy and the requirement of an engineering degree requires a lot of effort and dedication (more in the case of those students who do not have the required mathematical bases established), the students who have accessed to these degree programme with low qualifications have been successful and today they work as professionals in the sector.

Specifically, the analysis has followed the following structure:

  • Analyze the cases in which the admission score is below the group average
  • Observe what each student's average grade is compared to the group / grade record average
  • Study how many years these students have been enrolled compared to group / grade point average (T)

The conclusions that have been reached can be summarized as follows:

  • These students represent, in general, 50% of the analyzed promotions/years.
  • In general, this group of students represents between 13.5 and 20% of the first two quartiles in what would be the "ranking" of each grade and promotion/year.
  • Regarding the years necessary to finish their degree programme, it is concluded that, in general, this group requires more time to obtain the degree, although it is true that this analysis should be treated with caution since, in general, T can be altered by strange factors that are not related to academic performance and / or success in passing subjects, since doing ERASMUS or external internships could mean a delay in obtaining the degree. Although it is true that this variable would affect (could affect) the entire group (not just those who access with lower admission scores), it must be taken into account.
  • Regarding the current situation of this group, 45 cases were analyzed and it was observed, through the analysis of professional networks (LinkedIn) that:
    • 89.29% have a job related to their studies (degree programme)
    • 96.43% worked while studying the degree
    • 10.71% of these cases currently live abroad


The full report is in the Data and Indicators section of this website.





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