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Title: The internal quantitative efficiency of postgraduate diploma students : an evaluation of progression and drop-out rates in Libyan Universities
Author: Fadhel , Mohamed S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 962X
Awarding Body: Liverpool John Moores University
Current Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Date of Award: 2012
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The overarching aim of this study was to evaluate the Internal Quantitative Efficiency (IQE) of the Postgraduate Diploma students at Libyan Universities. More specifically, the research sought to: compare different Libyan Universities according to the indicators of the Internal Quantitative Efficiency of Postgraduate Diploma students, examine the reasons behind failure of postgraduate diploma students, examine the reasons behind dropout of postgraduate diploma students, and to diagnose the reality of the Internal Quantitative Efficiency of Postgraduate students at Libyan universities. By addressing these aims and objectives the researcher hoped to be able to discover where strengths and weaknesses lie, and to help in building a foundation for future research in this area. A mixture of both quantitative and qualitative methods was considered appropriate to meet the needs of the research. Cohorts flow and statistical analysis of data from final examination result forms collected from universities were conducted which examined the numbers of registered students in each grade who: are required to repeat courses, fail in examinations and are assumed to repeat the same grade next year, drop out during the cycle, when compared to the number of those who complete their studies. Further, the study provides an examination of the reasons and causes for failure and repetition. A questionnaire was used to collect primary data for the study in order to gain information about those students who fail in exam and who repeat another academic year. Semi-structured interviews were also conducted with both students that fail and drop out, in order to supplement and enhance the data obtained from the questionnaire. Using latent content analysis, responses from interviews were analysed. Findings reveal that there variations in the drop out rates between Libyan universities. The drop out rate was highest at Al-Arab Medical University and the lowest at Garyounis University. The drop out rate at Al-Arab Medical University was 32%., while it was 28% at Omar Al-Mokhtar University, 26% AI- Tahadi University, and 24% at Garyounis University. Various factors affect students failure and dropout from postgraduate studies at Libyan universities and can be summed in four factors, which, when ordered according to their strength of effect can be seen to be educational, individual, social, and economic factors respectively. The poor quality of the Internal Quantitative Efficiency is related to the problems of repetition and drop out. Recommendations conducting more studies in this important area in all Libyan universities in order to evaluate the external efficiency of all postgraduate studies in Libyan universities and to estimate the financial wastage which may result from failure and drop out at the Libyan universities.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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