Undergraduate non-completion rates:differences between UK universities

Johnes, Jill and Taylor, Jim (1989) Undergraduate non-completion rates:differences between UK universities. Higher Education, 18 (2). pp. 209-225. ISSN 0018-1560

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Abstract

The non-completion rate of university students differs substantially between UK universities. This paper provides estimates of non-completion rates for the 1979 and 1980 entry cohorts into each university and suggests a number of reasons which may have contributed to these inter-university differences. Statistical analysis indicates that a large proportion of the inter-university variation in the non-completion rate can be explained by three main factors: the scholastic ability of each university's new entrants (as reflected by A-level score), the subject mix of each university, and the proportion of each university's students accommodated in a hall of residence. The main conclusion is that inter-university comparisons in the non-completion rate are of little value unless account is taken of differences in the scholastic ability of each university's intake of students.

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Journal Article
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Higher Education
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22 Nov 2011 15:03
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