PASS program results

Subject Statistics

These graphs represent the average final percentage mark achieved by students in certain subjects that offered PASS in Autumn 2014. Students are grouped according to the number of sessions attended through the semester. It can be seen that students attending PASS regularly score significantly higher grades.

Autumn 2014 Results

CACS101 - Contemporary Creative Practice

PASS Sessions Attended

FIN 222 - Corporate Finance

PASS Sessions Attended Eng

Math 141 - Foundations of Engineering Mathematics

PASS Sessions Attended MathEng

SHS 111 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I

PASS Sessions Attended Anatomy

Summary Statistics

In 2013, UOW students were asked to answer a number of questions about how PASS has assisted them. 2675 students responded and indicated they benefited in many ways from participating in PASS.

Participating in PASS has:Agree (%)Neutral (%)Disagree (%)
Improved my understanding of subject content 98% 2% 0%
Assisted me in preparing for exams or final essay 94% 5% 1%
Been an enjoyable learning experience 93% 6% 1%
Helped me to work collaboratively and productively 91% 8% 1%
Improved my problem solving skills 89% 10% 1%
Helped me understand how to succeed academically 88% 11% 1%
Encouraged me to take responsibility for my own learning 86% 12% 1%
Helped me feel more comfortable communicating with a group 86% 13% 1%
Increased my motivation to complete my course 85% 13% 2%
Helped me to meet other people in my course 85% 13% 2%
Given me a better understanding of the demands of learning at UOW 84% 14% 2%

* Participation in PASS also promotes the development of UOW Graduate Qualities such as informed and independent learners, problem solvers and effective communicators.

The following graphs give an overview of the effectiveness of the PASS program in terms of its impact on student final marks and retention. These graphs are based on UOW data, Autumn 2003 - Spring 2010.

Is PASS effective in various disciplines?

This graph breaks down the academic performance by average final marks and academic disciplines. Data indicates that regular PASS participants (those who attended five or more times) on average score higher final marks than non-participants (those who did not attend at all).

PASS Discipline

Do PASS Participants receive lower rates of Pass conceded, PASS restricted and Fail final course grades?

This graph shows the percentage of PC, PR and F final subject grades for regular PASS participants and non PASS participants. Students who attended PASS five or more times had considerably lower rates of PC, PR and F final grades than those who did not attend at all.

PASS Discipline Fail

Does PASS Improve student retention rates?

This graph illustrates the retention rates of regular PASS participants (attended 5+ times) and non-PASS participants (0 attendances). Regular PASS participants were retained into second and third year at significantly higher rates than non-participants. Students who are classified as retained have a course status of ‘complete’ or ‘active’.

PASS Retention

Is PASS effective for International Students?

This graph shows the average final marks for UOW International students who were regular PASS participants (attended 5+ times) and International students who did not participate (0 attendances). On average, International students who attended PASS regularly achieved final marks that were significantly higher than non-participants.

PASS International

Is PASS effective for all ATAR Groups?

This graph shows the average final marks for UOW students who were regular PASS participants (attended 5+ times) and students who did not participate (0 attendances), grouped by ATAR. On average, students who attended PASS attained better marks than students who did not, and this effect was consistent across ATAR groups.


Data source: UOW data, Autumn 2003 - Spring 2013, n = 31864 students