Factors Affecting the Academic Performance of a College Student

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American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2006; 70 (5) Article 104.

RESEARCH ARTICLES Factors That Affect Academic Performance Among Pharmacy Students
Sujit S. Sansgiry, PhD, Monali Bhosle, MS, and Kavita Sail, MS
College of Pharmacy, University of Houston
Submitted February 3, 2006; accepted April 14, 2006; published October 15, 2006.

Objective. The objective of this study was to examine factors such as academic competence, test competence, time management, strategic studying, and test anxiety, and identify whether these factors could distinguish differences among students, based on academic performance and enrollment in the experiential program. Methods. A cross-sectional study design utilizing questionnaires measuring
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At the University of Houston, the minimum GPA requirement for PharmD students is 2.0. Nonetheless, for any graduate program, a GPA of 3.0 or higher is considered an indicator of good academic performance. A high GPA while in pharmacy school may not be the only factor associated with subsequent career success.1 Qualities such as empathy and social skills, namely communication skills, conflict management, leadership, collaboration, cooperation, and team capabilities are also important in the pharmacy practice environment. Students who possess these skills are able to work effectively with other health care providers and manage patient care efficiently.2 Although, survey instruments exist to meaCorresponding Author: Sujit S. Sansgiry, PhD. Address: Department of Clinical Sciences and Administration, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston, Texas Medical Center, 1441 Moursund Street, Houston TX 77030. Tel: 713-7958392. Fax: 713-795-8383. E-mail: ssansgiry@uh.edu

sure such variables, they are not used consistently across all colleges of pharmacy. The GPA still remains the most common factor used by administrators to evaluate progression in an academic environment. Many factors could act as barriers to students attaining and maintaining a high GPA that reflects their overall academic performance during their tenure in college. These factors could be targeted by the college or school of

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