Comparison of Biology Student Performance in Quarter and Semester Systems

Brian Gibbens, Mary A. Williams, Courtney D.M. Hoff

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CURRICULA AT MOST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE SCHEDULED ACCORD- ING TO QUARTERS OR SEMESTERS. WHILE EACH SCHEDULE HAS SEVERAL POTENTIAL ADVANTAGES OVER THE OTHER, IT IS UNCLEAR WHAT EFFECT EACH HAS ON STUDENT PERFORMANCE. THIS STUDY COMPARES BIOLOGY STUDENT PERFORMANCE DURING THE TWO AND A HALF YEARS BEFORE AND AFTER THE 1999 SWITCH FROM QUARTERS TO SEMESTERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA–TWIN CITIES. STUDENT PERFORMANCE WAS ASSESSED BY EXAMINING GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS, POINT TOTALS, AND SCORES ON ARCHIVED EXAM QUESTIONS. THE CHANGE FROM QUARTERS TO SEMESTERS RESULTED IN A SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT OVERALL DECREASE IN STUDENT PERFORMANCE AS JUDGED BY MEAN FINAL SCORES, GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS, AND EXAM QUESTION SCORES. BECAUSE STUDENT EDUCATION IS THE PRIMARY DUTY OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, THESE RESULTS HAVE IMPORTANT IMPLICA- TIONS FOR ANY INSTITUTION CONSIDERING A CHANGE IN ITS CURRICULAR SCHEDULE. Colleges
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-26
Number of pages15
JournalCollege and University Journal
Volume90
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015

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Comparison of Biology Student Performance in Quarter and Semester Systems. / Gibbens, Brian; Williams, Mary A.; Hoff, Courtney D.M.

In: College and University Journal, Vol. 90, No. 3, 2015, p. 12-26.

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Gibbens, Brian ; Williams, Mary A. ; Hoff, Courtney D.M. / Comparison of Biology Student Performance in Quarter and Semester Systems. In: College and University Journal. 2015 ; Vol. 90, No. 3. pp. 12-26.
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