STUDENT ENROLMENT, GLOBAL UTILISATION RATE AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN PUBLIC TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:Student Enrolment, Global Utilisation Rate, Academic Performance, Public Tertiary Institutions
The study examined student enrolment and global utilisation rate in public tertiary institutions in Lagos State and their influence on studentsâ€™ academic performance. The studyâ€™s anchored on correlation and descriptive research designs. The population was the seven conventional public tertiary institutions and the sample of the study consisted of six institutions. The multistage sampling procedure was used to sample Departments from each sampled public tertiary institution. Four instruments were used to collect data. Their validity were ascertained. Their reliability coefficients were not sought since data collected already existed in the tertiary institutions and cannot be manipulated. Three hypotheses were tested using Pearsonâ€™s Product-Moment Correlation and Regression model at 0.05 level of significance. Some of the findings were that a significant negative relationship exists between class size and studentsâ€™ academic performance in public tertiary institutions in Lagos State (r=-0.302); and no significant relationship exists between global utilisation rate and studentsâ€™ academic performance in public tertiary institutions in Lagos State (r=-0.047). The study concluded that class size (student enrolment) is a notable determinant of studentsâ€™ academic performance in public tertiary institutions in Lagos State while global utilisation rate (time and space utilisation rate) is not. Based on the findings the study, therefore, recommended that the management of the institutions, through the quality assurance process, should ensure that lecturers and students manage the stipulated lecture hours on the timetable for effective teaching and learning. This would eliminate or reduce instructional time loss on the part of students and lecturers.