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Case Study: The Unified State Exam and Other Admission Tests as a Predictor of Academic Performance at the IT University

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Curricular Issues in Computing and Information Technology Programs II

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Computing & Information Technology

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Tanya Stanko P.E. Innopolis University

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Tanya Stanko is a Vice-Provost of Education at Innopolis University. She specializes in launching new Universities from scratch, including setting up curricula and polices, recruiting faculty and students. She holds PhD in Computational Aeroacoustics from the University of Leeds and worked as researcher at Technical University of Munich. Her current research interests include investigation of the professional competencies, gender diversity in engineering, international relations between universities, industry and government.

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Marat Valiev Innopolis University

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Marat Valiev is a lead analyst at Innopolis University. He holds MSc in Software Engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon. His primary interest of research is comunity dynamics with focus on open source software communities.

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Daniel Martin Johnston Innopolis University

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In this study we evaluate quality of Unified State Exam, GPA and specialized IT test as a predictor for students academic performance in IT disciplines in the Innopolis University, Russia. University Innopolis is a newly established IT university in Kazan, Russia, with the mission to foster innovation in order to address critical scientific, technological and innovation challenges and gaps facing Russia and the world in IT industry.

Unified State Exam is a mandatory exam taken by graduating high school students in Russia, similar to SAT. USE has three main disciplines, namely Math, Russian and IT or Physics by choice. Results of this exam used as a main criteria for admittance in most of Russian higher school institutions. As a new private institution Innopolis University is allowed to establish own criteria for admission. Since IT part of USE is more focused on basic computer literacy and less on programming, the specialized IT test was designed in house by University faculty members to cover understanding of computer science and programming skills. All courses in the Innopolis University taught in English, so admittance process also includes English test. The goal of the study is to define an appropriate admission process for Innopolis. This study might be also used as indirect evaluation of the Unified State Exam suitability for admittance process.

Study was conducted on a group of around two hundred first year students enrolled in Computer Science major. Academic performance was estimated using results of first semester midterm evaluation in three core IT disciplines.

Stanko, T., & Valiev, M., & Johnston, D. M. (2016, June), Case Study: The Unified State Exam and Other Admission Tests as a Predictor of Academic Performance at the IT University Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27283

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