Abstract—The COVID-19 pandemic, brought with a number
of problems in different sectors, one of the most affected was the
education sector, especially in engineering programs, since
these have a practical nature and need laboratories to
consolidate meaningful learning. In many cases, the
virtualization generated some anomalous behavior in the
academic indicators that could be used for the analysis of the
successes and errors that could lay the foundations for a
modern education in engineering careers. The main objective of
this research is to analyze the average academic performance
per course of a mechanical-electrical engineering program, for
which some data was taken from 2018 to 2021. To explain the
behavior of the curves, a qualitative survey was applied to 357
students. Three academic indicators are used in the study:
grades average, “not pass” rate, desertion rate. The results of
the analysis showed that in the first period of the year 2020
(starting period of confinement) they presented very different
parameters from those already known in previous years, which
could be based on three main causes. The first was due to the
full-time dedication of the students to carry out their academic
activities, the second is based on the proper technology,
resources and strategies adopted by the university and finally,
the economic aid from the Peruvian government.
Index Terms—Academic performance, COVID-19, desertion, engineering education
C. A. Alvarado-Silva, A. D. Tejeda-Ponce, and J. A. Salas-Ruiz are with the Mechanical-Electrical Engineering Department of the Cesar Vallejo University (UCV), Trujillo, Perú.
B. Ulloa-Rubio and K. L. Gaytan-Reyna are with the Research Department of the Cesar Vallejo University (UCV), Trujillo, Perú.
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Cite: Carlos A. Alvarado-Silva*, Alex D. Tejeda-Ponce, Bertha Ulloa-Rubio, Jorge A. Salas-Ruiz, and Karina L. Gaytan-Reyna, "Analysis of the Academic Performance of Mechanical-Electrical Engineering Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Study in a Private University in Peru," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 867-872, 2023.Copyright © 2023 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).