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Predicting Higher Education Throughput in South Africa Using a Tree-Based Ensemble Technique

06/12/2021
by   Rendani Mbuvha, et al.
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We use gradient boosting machines and logistic regression to predict academic throughput at a South African university. The results highlight the significant influence of socio-economic factors and field of study as predictors of throughput. We further find that socio-economic factors become less of a predictor relative to the field of study as the time to completion increases. We provide recommendations on interventions to counteract the identified effects, which include academic, psychosocial and financial support.

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