Academic quality improvement in higher education has recently been considered in many universities over the world. The aim of the study was to investigate the quality of students’ characteristics and motivations in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Tirana University. From the long experience, we know that universities can provide the best services to the community if they worry continuously to improve the quality of their services. Therefore, evaluation is one of the powerful tools for strategic development in higher education institutions. Higher education reform started about 6 years ago. It brought about many changes in the way students are admitted to higher education. Now is the time to investigate these changes and judge their goodness. In literature was identified a lot of factors in study success at the individual level. The most important of them are student’s characteristics (socioeconomic status, gender, background, etc.), and student’s motivations. In order to gain insights into both topics, an exploratory study was conducted within a sample of 800 students in the Faculty of Natural Sciences (University of Tirana, Albania). Participants were selected on the basis of their voluntary participation after lessons. The research method we used in this study is descriptive-analytic; perceptions were gathered and measured with open-ended and multiple-choice items. The results of this study indicate that the students come mainly from general secondary schools and very few (about 1%) from vocational ones. They come from middle and lower-income families (about 60 %). The main factors motivating students continue to be parents/family and professional career. The motives for choosing the program are found “The best for the study program I wanted” and “Convenience in finding jobs” (respectively 53 % and 41 %).
|Publication Date||December 31, 2020|
|Published in Issue||Year 2020Volume: 18|