Arts students represent over half of all course leavers in UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University Observer has learned that 484 full time students studying Arts left their courses between 2015 and 2017, the highest number across all University College Dublin (UCD) programmes. The figure, which represents 55.8% of all course leavers in the university, includes students in dual honours Arts degree programmes across a wide variety of subjects …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 17 April]

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Snobbery lies at the heart of our education and training system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The recent Higher Education Authority analysis of completion rates offers many grounds for congratulation among undergraduate students: overall the figures compare well with international benchmarks. But they raise some important issues, especially given relatively higher dropout rates in institutes of technology and in IT courses …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn and Tom Boland, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Lessons from college drop-out rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Third-level institutions must take some responsibility for the high drop-out rate at college level. Does the Higher Education Authority monitor the quality of lecturing, the lecture content and the exam processes of these institutions? …” (more)

[Kathleen Barton, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Career guidance in schools and third-level dropout rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The detailed report published on February 14th by the Higher Education Authority on completion rates in higher education is welcome as the numbers entering the sector continue to grow (‘Some third-level computing courses have 80% drop-out rate’, News, February 14th) …” (more)

[Lucy Hearne, Irish Times, 18 February]

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New Data from the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The HEA have produced a major study on An Analysis of Completion in Irish Higher Education: 2007/08 Entrants, which makes for interesting reading. As with many HEA reports there is a lot of detail and mountains of data (this report is 220 pages long!). It does not include the National College of Ireland nor the likes of the Dublin Business School which is a big pity and a major omission in my view …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 14 February]

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THEA Reaction to HEA Analysis of Completion Rates in Irish Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) very much welcomes this first extended completion analysis across the entire higher education sector. We compliment the HEA for engaging in such a longitudinal study and for the attendant analysis. As a sector, we have been examining progression and successful completion in this manner for the best part of a decade …” (more)

[THEA, 13 February]

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Four in Every Five Irish Students Complete their Degree

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Major Study of Higher Education Completion Rates Finds that Leaving Certificate Performance is Strongest Predictor of Completion. The Higher Education Authority today published a study on the rates of completion of 34,059 students who entered Irish Universities, Institutes and Colleges full time at undergraduate level in the 2007/8 academic year …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 14 February]

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Some third-level computing courses have 80% drop-out rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A majority of students are dropping out of third-level computing and engineering courses with low CAO entry points, official figures show. These high non-completion rates are a source of ‘huge concern’ to education authorities, according to a major new study. The findings are contained in a study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) which has tracked a cohort of more than 34,000 students who started third-level courses in 2007/08 over a 10-year period …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 February]

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Leaving Cert grades linked to finishing college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students with higher Leaving grades and CAO points are significantly more likely to complete higher education than those with lower grades, according to a new report from the Higher Education Authority. The study, which tracked 34,059 full-time undergraduate students who entered Irish universities, institutes of technology and colleges in 2007 across ten years, found that the lowest completion rates were in computing courses, where 45% of students dropped out …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Examiner, 14 February]

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Tech courses are toughest to finish in college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Technology and computing courses are proving to be the hardest to complete in college, a major new study has found. The report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) also found that females had significantly higher completion of third-level courses than males. And first year is key – with almost two thirds of those who don’t graduate dropping out at that stage …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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Is it too easy to get into some third-level college courses?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Are we setting the bar too low for entry into some of our higher education courses? It’s a question begged by the findings of a major study by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) into the volume of students who are failing to complete third-level courses. The good news is that, overall, most students (76%) are completing their courses in higher education. …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 February]

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How can we stop so many students dropping out of college?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2018 by steve

“About one in six third-level students – or almost 6,000 a year – don’t get beyond the first year of their college course, according to a recent Higher Education Authority study. The type of student most likely to drop out is male, with relatively low Leaving Cert points, and studying for a higher certificate or ordinary degree in computer science, construction or engineering at an institute of technology …” (more)

[Owen Ross, Irish Times, 21 June]

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Disadvantaged students twice as likely to drop out after first year of college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2018 by steve

“Almost one in five students from disadvantaged schools do not progress to third-level education beyond their first year, compared to just one in 10 students who went to fee-paying schools, a new study by the Higher Education Authority reveals. Some 19% of students from Deis – Delivering Equality of Opportunity – schools, and 14% of students attending standard schools do not return for a variety of reasons after the first year, according to a statistical analysis of new third-level entrants in the 2014/2015 academic year …” (more)

[Allison Bray and Fiona Dillon, Independent, 18 May]

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Are we sending too many young people to third level?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2018 by steve

“The fact that we send more students to third level than any other country in the EU is often seen as a badge of honour. The proportion of school-leavers going on to higher education ballooned from about 10% in the 1960s to well over 60% nowadays. Ireland now has the highest proportion of young people with third-level qualifications across the EU …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Poorer students twice as likely to drop out of college in year one

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students from disadvantaged schools are almost twice as likely to fail to make it past their first year in college than those from fee-paying schools, a new study finds. In all, some 5,800 students – or 14% of all new entrants to third level – did not move on to their second year of their course …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Lower Trinity drop-out rates among alternate entry-route students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students who have secured places at Trinity College Dublin through a new admissions route not based solely on CAO points have lower drop-out rates than regular students, according to new data. In 2014, Trinity introduced an alternate admissions route for some courses which measure applicants’ performances compared to others in their school …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches an online resource to inform Higher Level Institutions’ Student Retention Strategies

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, Minister of State for Higher Education, today 2nd of November, 2017, launched an online resource to assist higher level institutions to create effective student retention strategies and to enhance student experiences …” (more)

[Teaching and Learning, 2 November]

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Students Who Drop Out of College May Find It Costly to Walk Away

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students who find that their college course doesn’t suit them may discover it’s costly to drop out – depending on which college they’re attending. Most colleges offer a full refund up until 31 October, says Oisin Hassan, vice president for academic affairs at the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Laoise Neylon, Dublin Inquirer, 1 November]

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Deepening housing crisis may force students to give up courses, says union

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students face putting their college dreams on hold this autumn due to the housing crisis. The lack of affordable housing is having a devastating impact on third-level students who may have to forgo attending college or university because they can’t find anywhere to live, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) …” (more)

[Allison Bray, Independent, 19 August]

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Rising costs worsening college drop-out rate – students’ unions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rising back-to-college costs mean a growing number of students are being forced to drop out of third-level education, according to students’ unions. The cost of student fees, accommodation, course books, equipment and transport mean some students will be unable to continue their degrees this September …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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