Semesterisation trends and its impact on student enrolment in UK universities since 2010
Ayoubi, Rami M.
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Purpose- This paper aims to reveal the current level of adopting semesterisation at UK universities, and to explore the impact of semesterisation on student enrolment rates. Design/Methodology/Approach- The study employs quantitative analysis techniques for data collected and customised from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in UK, during the period 2010-2015. To understand the impact of semesteriation on student enrolment, six statistical tests were conducted. Findings- Based on the level of semesterisation adopted by universities, four groups of UK universities were identified and are classified as: very low, low, medium, and high levels of semesterisation. The results show that UK universities who apply a higher level of semesterisation experience a higher number of new student enrolments for international and home students. However, no strong evidence exists to support claims that universities who apply a higher level of semesterisation have higher international student enrolment. Similarly, no evidence exists to support the argument that the growth of international student enrolment at universities who apply higher levels of semesterisation is different from their counterparts at universities who apply lower levels of semesterisation. Limitations- The study results were based only on secondary data collected from HESA, so future studies should be based on other types of data. Originality/Value- Despite semesterisation being an issue widely discussed in both international offices and academic departments at UK universities, none of the previous studies explored the relationship between the type of university academic system (semesterisation) and student enrolment. This paper attempts to cover the missing elements of previous literature and its traditional research techniques.
International Journal of Educational Management;
Article accepted for publication in International Journal of Educational Management
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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