Archive for retention

Drop-outs concern NI universities

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 28 December 2010 by Steve

“Both of NI’s universities have expressed concern about drop-out rates, especially among first year students. The University of Ulster loses 12% of its first years, while almost 6% of students at Queens University Belfast do not make it to second year …” (more)

[BBC News, 28 December]


27% quit university course after just a year

Posted in Life with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“More than a quarter of students dropped out of one course at the University of Ulster after just a year, according to new figures …” (more)

[Kathryn Torney, Belfast Telegraph, 16 November]

Progression through College, & News

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 November 2010 by Steve

“Presented and produced by Sean Delaney. This programme featured an interview with Muiris O’Connor from the Higher Education Authority about the Authority’s Study of Progression in Irish Higher Education …” (mp3)

[Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, 13 November]

One in four first-year students drop out at Limerick Institute of Technology

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 3 November 2010 by Steve

“The number of first year students dropping out of Limerick Institute of Technology stands at nearly one in four, a report by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has revealed …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 3 November]

Student union warning over fee hike fear

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 1 November 2010 by Steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland has said a doubling of college registration fees to €3,000 would result in a large number of students dropping out of college …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 November]

Incentivising completion

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 30 October 2010 by Steve

“… In any case, as nobody seems to have observed, there is already a distinct financial penalty for student non-completion. A student who drops out will cause an immediate financial loss, because his or her fees (as paid by the state) and their part of the recurrent grant disappears …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 October]

Concern at college drop out rates in key subjects

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 29 October 2010 by Steve

“IBEC, the group that represents Irish business, today expressed serious concern at findings contained in the Higher Education Authority’s report on college progression rates, which show that 27% of third level students drop out of computer science courses and 20% leave engineering courses after their first year of study. This compares with a drop-out rate of 2% in medicine and 3% in law …” (more)

[IBEC, 28 October]

Colleges will face penalties if they don’t tackle drop-out rate

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 29 October 2010 by Steve

“Third-level colleges will face financial penalties if they fail to tackle high drop-out rates in future. The revelation comes in the wake of a major study which reveals that huge numbers of students are failing to make the grade in some institutions …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 29 October]

College dropouts – Alarming figures

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 29 October 2010 by Steve

“Figures from the Higher Education Authority showing spectacular third-level student dropout rates — up to 56% in one instance — must sound alarm bells …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 29 October]

Understanding why students drop out

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 29 October 2010 by Steve

“Just over two weeks ago I addressed the problem of student non-completion in this blog. Yesterday Ireland’s Higher Education Authority published a Study of Progression in Irish Higher Education, which set out some of the more detailed data on student drop-outs broken down by institution and by subject …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 October]

Shock at high college dropout rate

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 29 October 2010 by Steve

“Almost one-in-three students at a Dublin college dropped out before reaching second-year — shocking new figures reveal. Institute of Technology Tallaght’s services courses (such as tourism, hospitality, sports and leisure courses) saw less than half of students progress to second year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 October]

Course drop-out rates highlighted

Posted in Life with tags , on 28 October 2010 by Steve

“Some one in four students who start a third level computer science course drop out before the end of their first year, according to a study published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) today …” (more)

[Steven Carroll, Irish Times, 28 October]

Low Leaving Cert points linked to college drop-outs

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 28 October 2010 by Steve

“Students who achieve higher points in the Leaving Cert are more likely to progress in college, a Higher Education Authority (HEA) report on drop-out rates in the third-level education sector in Ireland shows …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 28 October]

Smart economy suffers most as 10,000 students dropping out

Posted in Life with tags , , on 28 October 2010 by Steve

“Thousands of students failing college courses vital to Ireland’s smart economy are among more than 10,000 who started college in September but will never graduate …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 28 October]

The problem of university drop-outs

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 October 2010 by Steve

“In both Britain and Ireland we have prided ourselves on relatively low student drop-out rates; in other words, the percentage of first year entrants into higher education who do not complete their programme of study successfully is low by international standards …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 October]

In Student Retention, Attitude Seems to Matter Most

Posted in Life with tags on 3 June 2010 by Steve

“Suppose a college dean wanted to predict which first-year students would remain continuously enrolled at her institution for at least three years. She might look at the students’ standardized-test scores, their study habits, or whether they live on campus. Those are all factors that are known to be associated with retention rates. But she might also try asking first-year students a simple question: Do you like it here? …” (more)

[David Glenn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 June]

Facebook ‘cuts student drop-outs’

Posted in Life with tags , , on 13 October 2009 by Steve

UK“Social networking websites such as Facebook are helping to reduce college drop-out rates, it is claimed. Gloucestershire College says social networking is used to keep students informed and in touch with staff. ‘There has been a significant improvement in retention’, says media curriculum manager, Perry Perrott …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 13 October]

Improving student retention

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 27 September 2009 by Steve

Australia“As a key performance indicator in university quality assurance processes, the retention of students in their studies is an issue of concern worldwide. Implicit in the process of quality assurance is quality improvement. In an article titled ‘Improving student retention in higher education’, published in the latest edition of Australian Universities’ Review, authors Glenda Crosling, Margaret Heagney and Liz Thomas examine student retention from a teaching and learning perspective, in terms of approaches that have an impact on students’ decisions to continue with or withdraw from their studies. Ways are discussed in which student engagement can be facilitated through teaching and learning programmes …” (more)

[University World News, 27 September]

(Not) Crossing the Finish Line

Posted in teaching with tags on 9 September 2009 by Steve

USA“America’s flagship public universities are failing to graduate enough students in four (or even six) years and are doing too little to improve the completion rates of low-income and minority students, especially black males, according to a much awaited book being released today. Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities is based on a database tracking what happened to students who entered 21 flagship universities in 1999, as well as a comparative database with information on several statewide higher education systems. The information available for the study was detailed enough for the authors to track not only graduation rates, but many other issues …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 9 September]

Boost emotional skills to help reduce drop-out rates, say academics

Posted in Life with tags , on 25 August 2009 by Steve

UK“Government strategies to assist with the emotional development of schoolchildren should be adopted in universities to tackle drop-out rates, academics have said. Interventions to boost students’ ‘emotional intelligence’ could help some students to persevere with their studies, according to a team led by Pamela Qualter, principal lecturer in psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. While most institutions provide counselling services and induction programmes to help students with the ‘stressful’ transition from school to university, 17-18 per cent still fail to complete their studies …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 25 August]