Bairagya, Indrajit, and Bino Joy. ‘What Determines the Quality of Higher Education? A Study of Commerce Graduates in Kerala (India)’. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy. Published ahead of print, 31 January 2021.
Abstract (edited): The paper examines the quality of higher education in the Indian context in terms of subject knowledge (curriculum), analytical thinking, and communication skills. The study identifies the factors that determine quality and explores whether any difference in quality exists between women and men.
In this study, 416 students belonging to Commerce stream from 21 colleges affiliated under four universities in Kerala were selected for an achievement test. The results indicate a low mean with a high variance in learning outcomes.
Although Kerala has been remarkably successful in India in providing quality school education, the state has not held its mark in providing quality higher education.
Besides, an analysis based on the Blinder–Oaxaca decomposition technique shows that a significant difference in the learning outcomes of male and female students related to analytical thinking is because of coefficient differences. This implies that even with similar individual characteristics of students a significant difference exists, which can be attributed to gender discrimination in higher education.
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