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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Free textbooks for first-year university students could help improve retention rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2017 by steve

“Despite 20 years of focus on improving university retention rates, we are still losing one in five of our first-year students. And the release of a new report by TEQSA again reminds us of the challenges of retention. The report highlights that, on average, universities have a 20% attrition rate. This builds on an article by The Australian earlier this year which showed that one in three university students failed to complete the course they began within six years of enrolling …” (more)

[James Arvanitakis, The Conversation, 19 June]

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Student Data: Overall Non-Progression Rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the overall non-progression rates at each higher education institute for each of the years 2007 to 2016 and to date in 2017 by institute, in both student numbers and percentage terms, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 May]

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More than 6,000 students drop out of college in first year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One in six third-level students – or 6,200 a year – are dropping out of their college courses during their first year, according to the latest official figures. Drop-out rates are highest in construction, computer science and engineering courses, especially those offered at institutes of technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Number of students who quit computer science falls

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of computer science students dropping out of their course after first year is showing a welcome improvement. However, computing and other courses with a high maths content, such as engineering and construction, are still losing proportionately more first-year students than other disciplines …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 April]

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Males are more likely to drop out of college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Male students and people with lower Leaving Certificate points are prominent among more than 6,000 who drop out annually before they reach the second year of third-level courses. While overall dropout rates from 26 colleges fell slightly to 15% in the latest figures from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), courses related to construction and some disciplines at certain colleges continue to have particularly high dropout rates …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 April]

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Institutes of Technology: Drop-out Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Does higher education have a retention problem?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 29th, 2017 by steve

“When asking if UK higher education has a ‘retention problem’, the obvious place to start is the known data on lower retention rates for certain groups of students, particularly mature, black and minority ethnic and students from poorer socio-economic backgrounds …” (more)

[Sorana Vieru, Wonkhe, 29 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Drop Out Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Analysing Ireland’s high third level dropout rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of students studying at Irish third level institutions has risen dramatically in the past 50 years. As can be seen from the graphs next to the article, the number of students enrolled in both universities and in institutes of technology began to rise steadily in the 70s and 80s before going into overdrive after 2005 …” (more)

[Peter O’Donovan, Trinity News, 6 February]

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Risk factors for non-progression at third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The main risk factors for non-progression at third level are the following: 1. Low prior educational achievement, ie, low CAO points. 2. Being male …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 26 January]

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Third Level Data – Drop-out rate

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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