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In this book, we deal with a broad spectrum of indicators aimed at measuring the effectiveness of higher education in Italy. Education effectiveness may be defined as the extent to which a students’ education is fit for its intended purpose. Internal effectiveness is considered the learning of students evaluated before, or at the time of completion of a study programme. If effectiveness is measured in the business world or in civil society at large, it takes into account production or social outcomes of graduates, and is referred to as “external”.
In this book, we discuss indicators that focus on the external effectiveness of university education in order to evaluate study programmes, and the policies that can improve both education and student services. All our indicators are based on data collected from graduates. Had this book had a subtitle, it would have been “the power of graduates to inform on higher education effectiveness”.
- Concepts, Dimensions and Indicators for Measuring Higher Education Effectiveness
- Final-Year Students’ Study Satisfaction as a Measure of Educational Effectiveness
Employment Rate as a Measure of Educational Return
The Refusal of Offered Jobs
Graduates’ Human Capital: An Outcome in Itself or an Instrument for Achieving Outcomes?
The Human Capital of Graduates Who Worked During Their University Studies
Where Do African Graduates Spend Their Human Capital?
How Do the Disabled Graduates Achieve and Spend Their Human Capital Gained at University?
Graduates’ Social Capital as a Tool for Producing Outcomes
Facets of Graduates’ Job Satisfaction
Consistency of Graduates’ Jobs with Their Studies
Gender Differences in Graduates’ Salary
Higher Education External Effectiveness Indicators with Reference to Italian Universities
About the Authors
Luigi Fabbris is a full professor in Social Statistics at the Statistics Department, the University of Padua (Italy), where he lectures in courses of Survey Methodology, and Social Statistics. His research fields are multivariate analysis, survey sampling, and questionnaire design; he was also active in social indicators; nexuses between education and work; social conditions of women, immigrants, the elderly, and the homeless.