ERIC Number: EJ1065946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
The Effectiveness of Academic Dismissal Policies in Dutch University Education: An Empirical Investigation
Arnold, Ivo J. M.
Studies in Higher Education, v40 n6 p1068-1084 2015
This paper uses national data on 450 Dutch bachelor programs to measure the effect of the introduction of academic dismissal policies on study progress and first-year drop-out. Our results show that these policies increase first-year drop-out on average by 6-7%. They also have the effect of improving the study progress of first-year survivors by 5-9%, as measured by their 4-year completion rate. We conclude that academic dismissal policies can be an effective intervention to decrease the study duration of motivated and talented students. Academic dismissal policies thus do not reduce student dropout, but rather bring it forward in time. While these policies strengthen the selective function of the first year, they do little to put dismissed students on a more successful academic path. The referential function of academic dismissal policies therefore needs further strengthening.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Dropouts, Educational Policy, Graduation Rate, Academic Failure, Intervention, Student Motivation, Talent, Foreign Countries, Databases, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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