ISSN: 2223-2133 (Online), 1815-8986 (Print)
Vol 3. Number 1, July 2003
Measuring programme quality in The School of Veterinary Medicine, 1994 to 2000: the search for meaningful performance indicators
J. De Lisle
This paper describes the construction of performance indicators to measure programme quality at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. It is argued that value-added indicators provide greater insight into the productivity of complex multi-stage programmes. Using data for the classes of 1994 to 2000, 5 indicators of completion and 2 value­added indices of achievement were constructed. The value-added indicators compared ability on entry with (1) achievement by Phase and (2) final degree quality. Despite the small numbers of students in the programme, completion rates declined considerably, with the proportion of students graduating on time below 75% for the graduating classes of 1999 and 2000. The value-added indices revealed differential performances among males and females at various stages of the programme. Notably, males underperformed in the earlier stages whereas females had difficulty in the later clinically oriented stages of the programme (Phase V). However, both males and females found Phase II difficult. Suggestions for the reform of the education provision are included.