Handa, Sudhanshu; Gordon, Peter-John
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Economics
University admissions policy in a developing country: Evidence from the University of the West Indies
Economics of Education Review
Date of Publication
Critically analyses the admissions policy by the University of the West Indies of increasing the share of part-time students in undergraduate enrollment. Using data on students grades in first year courses in social science, the paper shows that part-time students are significantly more likely to fail these courses than full-time students, even after controlling for observable differences in age, sex, choice of major and pre-entry qualifications. Given the profile of the typical part-time student at the University of the West Indies, the paper suggests that lower motivation and greater time constraints account for the poor performance of these students, and proposes two solutions to reduce the social cost of high failure associated with part-time students.....