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Ravulo, Jioji – International Journal of Lifelong Education, 2019
There is a need for culturally relevant and appropriate retention programs within a climate of ever-increasing neo-liberalism that is seeking to change the very nature and underlying rationale of higher education. This article is posited alongside the reflections of past and current university students, who highlight various socio-economic and…
Descriptors: College Students, School Holding Power, Neoliberalism, Foreign Countries
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Bandias, Susan; Fuller, Don; Larkin, Steven – Journal of International Education Research, 2014
Important recent objectives of indigenous education policy in Australia have been aimed at redressing indigenous economic and social disadvantage through increasing student retention, progression and completion rates in both compulsory and post-compulsory education. The two sectors of the tertiary education system, vocational education and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, Economically Disadvantaged
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Pilkington, Kevin; Lock, Graeme – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2012
Universities in Australia are offering alternative entrance pathways to attract students from a range of backgrounds. These alternative pathways will undoubtedly be reviewed due to the recommendation in the Review of Australian Higher Education (Bradley, Noonan, Nugent & Scales, 2008) concerning increasing the diversity of university entrants.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Preservice Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers
Australian Government Department of Education and Training, 2017
In September 2016, following the release of 2015 student data by the Department of Education and Training (the department), media reports suggested that high attrition rates are symptomatic of poor admission standards; the lower a student's Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) the greater the risk of non-completion; and as a result of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attrition, Higher Education, College Students
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Maher, Marguerite; Macallister, Helen – Higher Education Studies, 2013
Retention and attrition rates in higher education have long been a focus of research. This paper presents findings of a single case study, undertaken in a School of Education, which identify important strategies that have led to attrition of five to eight per cent, compared with 18 per cent cross the education sector in Australia (Department of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Higher Education, Academic Persistence
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Oliveira, Silas M. – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2018
Academic libraries have always strived to be purposively involved in the university's mission attainment efforts. Today, the increase of retention levels is paramount, and, in many cases, it is at the center of higher education institution's strategic plans. For Andrews University, for example, the goal is to reach 80% in the next five years. In…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Libraries, Librarians, Institutional Mission
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Netanda, Rendani Sipho; Mamabolo, Joel; Themane, Mahlapahlapana – Studies in Higher Education, 2019
Despite numerous supports for undergraduates, low success rate has been a growing concern in the South African university system. Guided by Moore's [1993. "Theory of Transactional Distance." In "Theoretical Principles of Distance Education," edited by Keegan, 22-38. London: Routledge.] transactional distance theory, this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Support Services, Student Personnel Services, Intervention
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Fraser, Kym; Ryan, Yoni – International Journal for Academic Development, 2012
Although it can be argued that directors of central academic development units (ADUs) are critical to the implementation of university teaching and learning strategies, it would appear there is a high director turnover rate. While research in the USA, the UK, and Australia illustrates that ADUs are frequently closed or restructured, that research…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Foreign Countries, Administrative Change, Occupational Mobility
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Gale, Trevor; Parker, Stephen – European Educational Research Journal, 2017
In the global phenomenon of widening participation policy in higher education, lower retention rates for students from less advantaged socio-economic circumstances have potential to undermine the social inclusion agenda of HE. This might be an issue in Europe but is not necessarily the case elsewhere. In this paper we consider statistical data on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Access to Education
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Miller, Andrew; Schulz, Samantha – English in Australia, 2014
Literacy teachers in schools and universities share a common goal: to prepare students with the "literacies" they need to succeed in and beyond educational settings. In a "widening-participation" era universities must increase and expand their literacy offerings to help students make the most of their university experiences. At…
Descriptors: Models, Multiple Literacies, Critical Literacy, Guidelines
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Aljohani, Othman – International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies, 2016
One of the major issues that concerns tertiary institutions around the world is the student retention rate. In general, higher rates of completion give more positive image about the academic, administrative and financial statues of these institutions. However, improving the student completion and retention rates can be a challenging task. One way…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Academic Persistence, International Studies
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Söderlind, Johan; Geschwind, Lars – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
This paper examines whether subject-specific admission tests may allow Swedish higher education institutions to admit better-performing students. The performance of students admitted via a mathematics and physics aptitude test was reviewed with a focus on activity, retention, and credits earned, and the results were compared with students admitted…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Aptitude Tests, Physics, Science Tests
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Hovdhaugen, Elisabeth; Frolich, Nicoline; Aamodt, Per Olaf – European Journal of Education, 2013
European universities are facing demands for better student retention, especially in countries where state funding is no longer based on the number of students, but on the number of graduates. An extensive literature on retention focuses on the characteristics of students who leave higher education without a degree. Much less is known about the…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Student Characteristics, Universities, Higher Education
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Walker-Janzen, Walter; Véliz-Campos, Mauricio; Veliz, Leonardo – Issues in Educational Research, 2019
More equitable pathways to university have been recently implemented in Chile. An alternative entrance pathway program was launched in 2009 at a Santiago-based university. This study aimed to describe the personal and academic journeys of the first three cohorts of students under this scheme, with a focus on the qualitative features that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Higher Education, College Students
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Martin, Gregory; Nakata, Vicky; Nakata, Martin; Day, Andrew – Studies in Higher Education, 2017
The promise of higher education remains elusive for many Indigenous students in Australia. To date, institutional efforts to improve the persistence and retention of Indigenous students have been largely piecemeal, poorly integrated and designed to remediate skill deficits. Yet, market-led expansion of Australian higher education is driving…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Indigenous Populations, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
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