A Study On The Factors Influencing On Grade Point Average (GPA) With Special Reference To Third Year Commerce And Management Students Of Eastern University, Sri Lanka

Nirogini Yogendra, Anthony Andrew

Abstract


A Grade Point Average (GPA) is the average of all final grades for courses within a program, weighted by the unit value of each of those courses. There are several ways to determine student academic performance which are cumulative grade point average (CGPA), grade point average (GPA), tests and others. In Malaysia, researchers evaluate the student academic performance based on CGPA (Ervina and Othman, 2005; Manan and Mohamad, 2003 and Agus and Makhbul, 2002). In addition, a study in the United States by Nonis and Wright (2003) also evaluate student performance based on CGPA. Most of the researches done in other countries used GPA as a measurement of academic performance (Galiher 2006; Darling 2005; Broh, 2002; Stephens and Schaben 2002 and Amy 2000). They used GPA to assess students’ performance for that particular semester. Some other researcher used test results to assess students’ performance for the specific subject (Syed Tahir Hijazi and S.M.M Raza Naqvi, 2006; Hake, 1998 and Tho, 1994). 


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