A Comparative Study of Undergraduate Admission Processes of the School of Science, King Mongkut,s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

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Choojai Kuharatanachai

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This research aimed to compare the student selection systems, namely the Quota System, the Direct Admission System, and the Admissions System, in which 943 students were selected for further study at the School of Science, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, in the academic year 2016 in the fields of applied mathematics, industrial chemistry, industrial microbiology, applied physics, computer science, and applied statistics, using the students’ general information and learning achievements. The data utilized in this research were collected from the students who were admitted into the Institute in the academic year 2016. They comprised students’ general information and their grades in general education courses and specific required courses taken during the academic year 2016 to 2019. The statistics employed in the analysis of data included the test of independence, the analysis of variance, the Kruskal-Wallis Analysis of Variance by Ranks, and the correlation analysis.
The research results revealed that:
1. From a total of 943 students admitted for study at the Faculty of Science in the academic year 2016, most of the admitted students were from the Quota System, followed by the Direct System at the rate of 51.01 percent and 31.39 percent, respectively. The proportion of students who did not present themselves was 6.17 percent.
2. Upon their graduation, there was no difference between the grade point average (GPA) of the students admitted via the Admission System, the Quota System, and the Direct System.The relationship between students’ high school study performance and their graduation GPA is 0.404 which is considered as a low relationship.
3. The students admitted by the Quota System for study in the fields of applied mathematics and computer science had the lowest scores in the linguistics subjects. In comparison, the students admitted by the Direct System for study in applied physics had the lowest scores in humanity studies subjects. Meanwhile, the students admitted by the Quota System for study in applied statistics had the lowest scores in linguistics, statistics, and computing groups of subjects.

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