Accounting and finance degrees: is the academic performance of placement students better?
Surridge, I. (2009) Accounting and finance degrees: is the academic performance of placement students better? Accounting Education, 18 (4-5). pp. 471-485. ISSN 0963-9284
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09639280802008498
The relationship between placement and academic performance on accounting and finance degrees is significantly under-researched. This paper examines the relationship between a number of factors, including placement, and academic performance as measured by average marks. Readily available data on placement status, gender and prior achievement for the academic years ended 2004, 2005 and 2006 for an accounting and finance degree were used. Linear regression models were constructed using two versions of the data – one with all students in it and the second with graduates only. Placement students perform significantly better than full-time students and, in the Graduates model, it is the female placement students who perform significantly better than their male counterparts. Most recent prior academic performance is significant in all models whereas gender had no separate significant effect on performance in the second and final years of the degree. The paper concludes with suggestions for further research into placement.
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