The Social Market Foundation (SMF) in England says; “More must be done to tackle a steady rise in the number of students dropping out of universities.
The study shows the rising of drop-outs. In 2011-2012, it was 6.6% the rate went up to 7.4% in 2014-2015. It says “dropout represents a loss of potential.
The worst percentage of dropouts is in England, with the rate of 9.3% in 2014-2015.
An institutions with higher in-take of black students, students whose parents work in lower level occupations or students who come from low university participation area are more likely to have higher drop-out rates.
“It is futile to direct significant efforts to widen participation if the same students subsequently drop out”. “Tackling non-continuation at university is vital” – The source says.
South West has the lowest drop-out rate, while London has the highest – The research shows.
- Greater London – 9.3%
- North West – 8.5%
- Eastern – 8.4%
- East Midlands – 5.8%
- Yorkshire and Humberside – 7%
- West Midlands – 7.7%
- North – East – 6.9%
- South East – 6.0%
- South West – 5.7%
One of the factors to consider is the cost of living, the report suggested. As well as the fact that London has the highest proportion of students living at home (31%).
A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said: “More students from disadvantaged backgrounds are going to and staying at university than ever before, but we know there is more work to do”.
“The higher Education and Research Act will go further by requiring all providers – including the most selective – to publish application, drop-out and attainment data by gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background.”.
“This will hold universities to account and help students to make informed choices about where they go to study”.
The Teaching Excellence Framework – is also focusing on teaching methods – giving incentives that will raise standards and encourage providers to support students throughout their studies and equip the next generation graduates for success.
This is really alarming to all schools and universities. One can say that a high standard school should have no more drop-outs which means – faculties and teachers are helping their students from the start till the end. High standard schools should not allow students to drop in the universities, this will attest how good the school is to raise their students until the end. Universities should not leave the students behind by allowing them to drop out. There might be some other ways to hold them, if it about “cost of living” probably the universities can have discounts, scholarships, or anything that could lessen the burden of the “cost of living”.