Tun Hussein Onn University College of Technology,
Ahmad Faizal Mohd Zain
Tun Hussein Onn University College of Technology, Malaysia
It is generally accepted that the undergraduate cumulative
point average (UCPA) is associated with graduate performance
of the same discipline. Less known, however, is how good the
UCPA at predicting graduate performance in a different
discipline. This paper discusses a study on the relationship
between UCPA, undergraduate program of study, and graduate
performance - operationalised as graduate CPA (GCPA) - in a
Master in Technical and Vocational Education program (MTVE).
Data were gathered on UCPA, their undergraduate program of
study, gender and previous university of 612 MTVE students
using their application forms and academic records. The large
number of programs of study was reduced to five groups of
disciplines namely, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering, Business and Management, and Others.
Descriptive statistics and linear regression were used to
analyse the data. The results showed that both undergraduate
program of study and UCPA are predictors of GCPA and the
extent to which UCPA contributes towards GCPA varies across
programs of study.
Graduate studies, undergraduate performance,
teacher training, technical education, correlation