The Effectiveness of University Education: A Structural Equation Model

  • Bruno Chiandotto
  • Bruno Bertaccini
  • Roberta VarrialeEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


The evaluation of the effectiveness of higher education is a crucial aspect of competitiveness of modern economies. In this contribution we investigate the quality and effectiveness of higher education in Italy using a structural equation model; in particular, we evaluate the performance of the university system from the users’ point of view, both immediately following (internal effectiveness), and one year after (external effectiveness), the completion of the degree. The model allows the construction of synthetic indexes and hence the ranking of study programs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno Chiandotto
  • Bruno Bertaccini
  • Roberta Varriale
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    Email author
  1. di Statistica ‘G. Parenti’Università degli Studi di FirenzeFirenzeItaly

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