This study deals with the problem of students dropping out during their first year in an institution of higher education. The research will first discuss the dropout phenomenon in general, and during the first year of higher education in an academic college. A case study conducted in the Industrial-Engineering Faculty located in the northern part of Israel will be presented. Our experience led us to the conclusion that a new model is needed to treat these problems which relies on the human factor: students, teachers, and office management. The current study focuses on exploring three parameters: self-responsibility, institutional support, and social support. The main objective is to use these three components to develop a new model that will support the student and prevent student dropout. The research problem focused on students dropping out from night school studies during the first year in higher education. This study has significant implications at the following levels: the student level, where dropout may adversely affect the student’s social, economic, and professional future; the collegiate level, where three is a direct cost due to the loss of tuition and state funding and an indirect cost, which includes damage to the institution’s reputation; and at the societal level, where dropout could increase the country's socio-economic inequalities.
|Keywords:||Minimizing Dropout, Human Factor, Office Management|
Lecturer, Education Department, Tel-Hai Academic College, Haifa, Israel
Head of Department, Department of Industrial Management and Engineering, University of Derby, Haifa, Isreal, Israel