Factores asociados al rendimiento académico en estudiantes universitarios, una reflexión desde la calidad de la educación superior pública

Educación 01/2007; DOI: 10.15517/revedu.v31i1.1252
Source: DOAJ

ABSTRACT Este artículo presenta una revisión de los hallazgos de investigación consignados en la literatura que se señalan como posibles factores asociados al rendimiento académico en estudiantes universitarios, y su vinculación con la calidad de la educación superior pública en general, para lo que se apoya en estudios realizados en España, Colombia, Cuba, México y Costa Rica. Se agrupan en tres categorías: determinantes personales, determinantes sociales y determinantes institucionales que, a su vez, poseen sus propios indicadores. Se hace énfasis en que la búsqueda de la calidad educativa en el sector universitario es un bien deseado por distintos sectores de la sociedad, y por el que luchan las universidades desde diferentes ámbitos, con mayores cuestionamientos en el sector público por la inversión estatal que conlleva. La búsqueda de la calidad implica una revisión integral de la universidad que incluye estudios sobre el rendimiento académico del alumnado, por lo que sus resultados son un insumo importante, pues permiten conocer elementos obstaculizadores y facilitadores del desempeño estudiantil y, en consecuencia, permiten favorecer el control de los recursos estatales y la mediación del impacto social. El análisis de la calidad educativa debe incluir resultados de investigación sobre el rendimiento académico de los estudiantes, pues es de gran utilidad en procesos de toma de decisiones en aras de un sistema educativo más justo.

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