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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Career coach: ‘Why over 70% of students drop out of first year in some courses’

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

Ireland“Why do figures indicate that more than 70% of students do not get beyond their first year of college in some higher education courses? Overall, about one in six — or just over 6,000 — students did not progress to second year according to research published in the Irish Times recently …” (more)

[Dearbhla Kelly, TheJournal.ie, 25 January]

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Apprenticeships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Recent headlines have pointed out the worryingly high dropout rates from certain university courses. Surely this shines the spotlight on the nonsense of expecting all students to advance to university? …” (more)

[John Rogers, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Drop-out rates at third-level colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Carl O’Brien points to studies indicating that college drop-out rates are closely related to issues of social justice and equity in education and training (‘Are we sending too many students to college?’, Education, January 9th). In my experience as a teacher, I noted that learners from lower socio-economic backgrounds are at a distinct disadvantage when they progress to third level …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 16 January]

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Analysis: Are we sending too many students to college?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dropping out of college comes at a heavy cost for students. Aside from feelings of failure and regret, there can is a major financial burden. If a student opts to return to college, their grant entitlement is lost for the year they repeat. In addition, they may be liable for some or all of the tuition fees for that year, depending on the timing of their withdrawal …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 January]

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Over 70% of students drop out of certain college courses

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than 70% of students do not get beyond their first year of college in some higher education courses, new figures show. The scale of these drop-out rates comes as some senior academics question whether many students who are unsuited to higher education are being shoehorned into college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 January]

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Institutes of Technology – Drop-out Rate

Posted in Teaching on November 18th, 2016 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 propose to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 November]

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The Graduate?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“After it was announced that one in six students drop out of third level, Brendan Garrett looks at the institutional causes of this worrying trend. When it comes to education, the decisions we make regarding our subjects, courses and timetables tend to haunt us in both the years and Monday mornings that follow …” (more)

[University Observer, 16 October]

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Institutes of Technology – Dropout Rate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2016 by steve

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

[Dáil written answers, 6 October]

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CAO applications: higher education is not the be-all and end-all

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Latest CAO figures show record numbers of school-leavers have applied for places in higher education institutions this year. Ireland now has the highest proportion of young people with third-level qualifications across the EU. It is an impressive achievement and signals the aspiration of a new generation to reach its full potential …” (more)

[Irish Times, 25 July]

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Student Retention Rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 21st, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students who left education before completing primary, secondary and third level education or training in each of the past five years, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 May]

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The Student Drop-Out Conundrum

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Last month, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) reported that 16% of all entrants to third level in Ireland failed to progress into their second year. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) also reported that 22.1% of those who dropped out stated that the main reason had been financial difficulties …” (more)

[Fiachra Johnston, University Observer, 2 April]

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Alarming drop-out rates at third-level institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An initiative is being launched to combat alarming drop-out rates across Ireland’s third-level institutions, as figures reveal that more than half of students on at least 12 leading courses nationwide fail to complete their first year …” (more)

[Nick Bramhill, Irish Examiner, 15 February]

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Addressing student attrition

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“If you were a student at Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland, and if you were studying Theatre and Drama Studies, you’d be in clover and pretty much guaranteed to complete your course: the attrition rate in the course is zero …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 January]

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College to tackle high rates of drop-outs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has hired a full-time retention officer to try to stem the tide of drop-outs, after it was revealed the college was haemorrhaging students. A report last week suggests GMIT has one of the highest student drop-out rates of all Institutes of Technology in the country …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune, 22 January]

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Choosing third-level courses

Posted in Teaching on January 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Dr Derek O’Byrne, registrar of Waterford Institute of Technology, points out that up to 50% of students dropping out in their first year of university in Ireland may do so because of dissatisfaction with their course …” (more)

[Seán Froudist-Walsh, Irish Times, 15 January]

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