Modeling Student Performance in Higher Education Using Data Mining

Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 524)


Identifying students’ behavior in university is a great concern to the higher education managements (Kumar and Uma, Eur J Sci Res 34(4):526–534). This chapter proposes a new educational technology system for use in Knowledge Discovery Processes (KDP). We introduce the educational data mining (EDM) software and present the outcome of a test on university data to explore the factors having an impact on the success of the students based on student profiling. In our software system all the tasks involved in the KDP are realized together. The advantage of this approach is to have access to all the functionalities of the Structured Query Language (SQL) Server and the Analysis Services through a single developed software item, which is specific to the needs of a higher education institution. This model (Guruler et al., Comput Educ 55(1):247–254) aims to help educational organizations to better understand the KDPs, and provides a roadmap to follow while executing whole knowledge projects, which are nontrivial, involve multiple stages, possibly several iterations.


Educational data mining Educational technology system and architectures Student relationship management Knowledge discovery software Decision tree 



Correlation matrices


Database management system


Data mining


Decision tree


Data transformation services


Educational data mining


Grade point average


Knowledge discovery in databases


Knowledge discovery process


Microsoft data access components


Microsoft decision tree


On-line analytical processing




Student knowledge discovery software


Student relationship management


Structured query language


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information Systems Engineering, Technology FacultyMugla Sitki Kocman UniversityKötekli, MuglaTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Computer Engineering, Engineering and Architecture FacultyBalikesir UniversityCagiş, BalikesirTurkey

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