Examinations 2013/14

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College hosted in excess of 120  students during the academic year 2013/14 (short term visitors, such as CICOPS fellows, occupy the room for short times and  multiple occupants ocupy the same room during the year). Not all College students are assessed by the EdISU procedure: Erasmus  (8) and students of the local Diploma Course in Construction Sciences (8) are not assessed via EdISU and PhD students, postgraduate medical students and post-doctoral fellows (20) are assessed through a written report.

Two main student categories nevertheless - undergraduate students and students of two-year MSc courses (so-caled lauree magistrali) - are assessed by the EdISU procedures and these results are discussed here. In April 2014, 48 undergraduate students requested confirmation of their College placement for the academic year 2014/15; on the 8th of August 41 of these (85%) have met or exceeded EdISU requirements, compared to 63% at the end of the academic year 2012/13 (see top Fig on the left).

The percentage of MSc students achieving EdISU requirements was stable: 87% in 2013/14 vs 89% in 2012/13. The major changes in student's performance and statistics across the latest academic year, therefore, concerned undergraduate students.

94% of the College undergraduates study Courses in the Schools of Science & Maths, Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medicine (the College warmly welcomes students from the Humanities and Social Sciences but few of its undergraduates currently read such subjects) and the second figure on the left shows the percentage of students in each School that met EdISU requirements. This increased from 40% in 2012/13 to 67% in 2013/14 for Sciences & Maths; from 33% in 2012/13 to 80% in 2013/14 for Engineering and from 80% in 2012/13 to 100% in 2013/14 for Medicine. In contrast, the data for Pharmaceutical Sciences appeared stable (75% in 2012/13, 80% in 2013/14) (second Fig above). Notably, the students falling behind with EdISU requirements in Science & Maths are students in Maths and Physics, two groups of students closest to the heart of this College. Thus extra steps will be taken by Volta in 2014/15 in order to ensure that all students reading Maths & Physics may complete their undergraduate Courses smoothly.

Collegio Volta expressed critical views last year on the criteria utilised by EdISU bodies - nationwide - for assessing students performance. The College  strongly believes that the procedures for student's assessment ought to change and improve across EdISU Colleges in Pavia and elsewhere in Italy and that, likewise, admission procedures need to put considerably more weight on previous academic career and student's motivations toward College life.

This notwithstanding, College is delighted to see that in the short period of a year Volta has achieved a major leap forward in students performance,  attributable to harder work and a series of actions aimed at instituting and developing College teaching.

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