A study of the post-secondary outcomes of IB Diploma alumni in leading universities in Asia Pacific.

Moosung Lee, John A. Spinks, Ewan Wright, Jenny Dean, J. H. Ryoo

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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is offered by schools in 147 countries and many IBDP alumni are admitted to universities worldwide. This project sought to explore the post-secondary experiences and outcomes of
IBDP alumni at three leading universities in Asia Pacific; including two universities in East Asia (University A and University B) and one university in Australia (University C). The research team implemented a three-phase, mixed-method study, the phases of which were analytically-separate but conceptually-integrated (Creswell et al., 2003), based on in-house GPA data, online survey data (n = 845 from the three universities), and interview data (n = 54 from the three universities). There were four major objectives: 1) To document IBDP alumni academic performance longitudinally with a comparison with the academic performance of non-IB alumni; 2) To investigate perceptions of 21st century skills held by IBDP alumni, and to compare with non-IB alumni; 3) To document IBDP alumni involvement in extra-curricular activities, compared to their non-IB counterparts; and 4) To explore the perceptions of IBDP alumni about how the IBDP assisted their post-secondary studies and their broader
experiences at each institution.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBethesda
PublisherInternational Baccalaureate Organization
Number of pages123
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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