Table 1 displays the results of a one-way ANOVA mean student performance across UTCSW locations.
A one-way analysis of variance was used to test whether students in the three programs of study available at the UTCSW would differ significantly in their performance on the Web-based comprehensive exam.
This test of the utility of the Web-based testing applied to the administration of a "high stakes" comprehensive examination was undertaken by UTCSW to accomplish six objectives.
Surprisingly, there was a significant difference in student performance on the Web-based comprehensive exam among the three locations of the UTCSW. The mean student performance difference between the two higher performing locations was less than 2 points, whereas there was almost a 2-point mean difference between the second location and the third.
A second hypothesis is that this outcome variability results from variation in how the foundation curriculum was taught across the UTCSW locations.
There was no statistically significant difference among the three UTCSW's programs of study, full-time, extended study, and advanced standing in student performance on the Web-based comprehensive exam.