Will We Meet Again? Examining the Reasons Why Students are Leaving First Year University Courses and Moving Towards an Approach to Stop Them

By Ana Lobo.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Competition for students in a global market is intense. High attrition rates amongst university students are one of the underlying undesirable factors in the marketing mix tertiary institutions use to attract students (Schwartz, 2007). Not surprisingly, in a higher education environment where federal funding arrangements have started to focus on student completions rather than employment, it is essential to determine why students leave. In order to better understand the different dimensions involved in student attrition and retention it is important to determine the salient factors students give for withdrawing from their first-year tertiary courses. Through a review of the international literature, this paper introduces 17 factors why students claim to withdraw from their studies. This paper explores why students abandon their studies, and how to identify at-risk students for preventive intervention.

Keywords: Student Attrition, University Students, First-year Student Retention, Foreign Language Student Attrition, University Withdrawal

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp.199-212. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 781.001KB).

Dr. Ana Lobo

Lecturer, School of LAL, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Ana has been conducting research and teaching Spanish and English at Griffith University for over eight years. As well as teaching, Ana is a professional translator closely affiliated with AUSIT. She was nominated for a Griffith University Teaching Excellence Award, for her contribution to language teaching, in 2006 and 2007. Her research interests are in the areas of student attrition and retention, English as a second language, second language teaching and learning and the practice of translation and interpreting.


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