A Study on Attendance and Academic Achievement

Kristian J. Sund, Stephane Bignoux

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In this study we attempt to answer Romer’s (1993) question: “Should attendance be mandatory?” Contrary to many existing studies, we conclude that in the case of business and management programs the answer is ‘no’. In a study of over 900 undergraduate strategy students, spanning four academic years, we examine the link between attendance and exam results. Unlike prior research on this topic, our findings show that attendance is not the best determinant of student performance. We find instead that the best determinant of student performance for third year bachelor students is their over-all degree classification, which we see as a proxy for academic ability. We suggest that attendance may simply be a reflection of student conscientiousness, engagement and motivation. We also challenge the assumptions about gender differences found in prior research on student attendance and student performance. We do not find such differences to be consistently significant in our study.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventBritish Academy of Management Conference - University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 201510 Sep 2015


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference
LocationUniversity of Portsmouth
CountryUnited Kingdom

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