Tag Archives: Student retention

Supporting part-time and online learners is key to reducing university dropout rates

Supporting part-time and online learners is key to reducing university dropout rates

The most recent statistics show first-year attrition rates in Australian universities are at 15%. This has caused the Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, to say universities “need to be taking responsibility for the students they enrol.” Attrition does not mean dropping out. It just means the student did not continue their study in the following year. For […] … learn more→

This is how to stop students dropping out of university

This is how to stop students dropping out of university

The new university academic year will soon be upon us. Over half a million new hopeful students will begin what should be one of the most important experiences of their lives. Sadly, many of these students will drop out before the end of their first year. Research indicates that if you are the first in […] … learn more→

Higher Ed as party trap

Higher Ed as party trap

Admin, 1996:   “If you do not get your retention up to 85%, your contract will not be renewed.” –why I had to leave a certain state university. “Retention” is the percent of students that do not drop the course and do not fail. On this particular campus of 50,000+ students, fraud was so rampant that […] … learn more→

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

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

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 […] … learn more→

The persistence of crisis: Work harder or fight back

At my monthly department meeting yesterday, the department’s representative to our University Senate gave his report on their last meeting. As part of his report, he told us some of the concerns our university president, Javier Cevallos, expressed about a recent drop in enrollment. Cevallos’s remarks before our University Senate echoed a statement he released […] … learn more→