Data Mining for Education Decision Support: A Review


  • Suhirman Suhirman Universiti Malaysia Pahang
  • Tutut Herawan University of Malaya
  • Haruna Chiroma University of Malaya
  • Jasni Mohamad Zain Universiti Malaysia Pahang



Data mining, Decision making, Education, Review.


Management of higher education must continue to evaluate on an ongoing basis in order to improve the quality of institutions. This will be able to do the necessary evaluation of various data, information, and knowledge of both internal and external institutions. They plan to use more efficiently the collected data, develop tools so that to collect and direct management information, in order to support managerial decision making. The collected data could be utilized to evaluate quality, perform analyses and diagnoses, evaluate dependability to the standards and practices of curricula and syllabi, and suggest alternatives in decision processes. Data minings to support decision making are well suited methods to provide decision support in the education environments, by generating and presenting relevant information and knowledge towards quality improvement of education processes. In educational domain, this information is very useful since it can be used as a base for investigating and enhancing the current educational standards and managements. In this paper, a review on data mining for academic decision support in education field is presented. The details of this paper will review on recent data mining in educational field and outlines future researches in educational data mining.

Author Biography

Tutut Herawan, University of Malaya

TUTUT HERAWAN received PhD degree in computer science in 2010 from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. He is currently a senior lecturer at Department of Information System, University of Malaya. His research area includes rough and soft set theory, DMKDD, and decision support in information system. He has successfully co-supervised two PhD students and published more than 170 articles in various international journals and conference proceedings. He is an editorial board and act as a reviewer for various journals. He has also served as a program committee member and co-organizer for numerous international conferences/workshops.




How to Cite

Suhirman, S., Herawan, T., Chiroma, H., & Mohamad Zain, J. (2014). Data Mining for Education Decision Support: A Review. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(6), pp. 4–19.