Academic School Performance as an Indicator of Success in Undergraduate Studies in Construction Economics in South Africa

  • Danie HoffmanEmail author
  • Inge Pieterse
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1211)


The Department of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa offers a three-year BSc undergraduate program in Quantity Surveying (QS). A better throughput rate of enrolled students is desired. Increasing the Admission Points Score (APS) for new entrants from 30 to 32 may achieve this. This study investigated overall academic school performance against undergraduate academic performance, using data from 2010 to 2015. The data was categorized into Group 1 (APS of 32+) and Group 2 (APS < 32). It was found that Group 1’s students outperformed Group 2’s students in all aspects with an average first year mark of 56,03% versus 44,28%, 80,61,17% qualifying in minimum time versus 23,08%, on average taking 3,57 years for all to qualify versus 4,20 years and with 43 student qualifying with distinction versus 1.


Success indicator School performance Undergraduate performance Quantity Surveying South Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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