n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Factors influencing the academic performance of undergraduate students in Sultan Qaboos University in Oman

Volume 5, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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The aim of this study is to examine the influence of some selected socio-economic, demographic, familial, individual students' scholastic and institutional factors on the academic achievement of undergraduate students of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman. It also seeks answer to the question: why girls are outperforming boys in SQU? A survey was conducted by using a self-administered questionnaire for data gathering. The study participants consisted of 585 graduating students of 2008-2010 cohorts from six different colleges of SQU. Many factors including: pre-admission qualification, level of attendance, probation status, time spend in study, father's education, parental support and involvement, major subjects of study, and gender of the students have been identified as significant determinants of academic success of students. Father's educational level of secondary and above has been found to be more significant than economic factors in explaining student's educational attainment. Girls are outperforming boys mainly because girls' culture is more study oriented than the boys'. The findings of the study would help students to understand their strength and weakness and act properly for better academic achievement. It would also assist the parents and university authorities to have a deeper understanding of the factors influencing academic performance of students and take necessary actions.

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