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Title: Student dropout rates in Catalan universities: profile and motives for disengagement
Author: Gairín Sallán, Joaquín
Triadó i Ivern, Xavier Ma.
Feixas Condom, Mónica
Figuera Gazo, Pilar
Aparicio Chueca, Ma. del Pilar (María del Pilar)
Torrado Fonseca, Mercè
Keywords: Abandó dels estudis (Educació superior)
Motivació en l'educació
Política educativa
Sistema educatiu
College dropouts
Motivation in education
Educational policy
Instructional systems
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Abstract: Data from over 21,600 students who left Catalan higher education institutions during the academic years 2000 2001 and 2001 2002 have been analysed in order to describe the academic and personal profiles of university dropouts. Additionally, a telephone survey and face-to-face interviews with a pilot group of leavers were conducted to gather additional qualitative information about the reasons for their decision. The influences on non-completion can be reduced to three main factors, among which dissatisfaction with the quality of the students' experience, family and work responsibilities as well as economic difficulties, are prominent. Analysis conducted showed no significant differences between Catalan higher education institutions, with dropout percentages ranging from 28% to 33%. These rates should be understood within a context of broad access to higher education. Within the European Higher Education Area scenario, the findings have triggered institutional endeavours to improve the quality of the students' and teachers' experience.
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It is part of: Quality in Higher Education, 2014, vol. 20, num. 2, p. 165-182
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ISSN: 1353-8322
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