ERIC Number: ED485575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Course Change and Attrition from Higher Education. Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. Research Report 39
Australian Council for Educational Research
This report examines the pathways of recent school leavers who enter the higher education sector in Australia. The focus is on the first three years after completing senior secondary school. The report has four broad aims: (1) to provide estimates of the proportions of entrants who change courses or leave the higher education sector before completing a course; (2) to identify factors associated with course change within the higher education sector; (3) to identify factors associated with attrition from the higher education sector; and (4) to examine the initial education, training and labour market destinations of those who leave the higher education sector before completing a qualification. It uses data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth to address each of these aims. The findings are based upon a sample of young people who had been in Year 9 in 1995 and who commenced higher education in 1999 or 2000. Their education, training, and labour market activities were tracked until late in 2001 when they were approximately 20 years of age. The research findings are organised into three chapters. The first of these, Chapter 3, describes student flows within and out of the higher education sector. The focus of the chapter is a description of the incidence and timing of course change and attrition. In addition, movement between the higher education and VET sectors, and the educational and labour market destinations of the attrition sub-group are examined. Chapter 4 focuses on factors associated with course change within the higher education sector, and Chapter 5 focuses on factors associated with attrition from the higher education sector. Chapter 6 provides a summary and discussion of the results. Measures are appended. (Contains 19 tables and 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Labor Market, Higher Education, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Dropouts, Dropout Research, Outcomes of Education, Change
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Victoria.
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