Beyond the first-year experience: the impact on attrition of student experiences throughout undergraduate degree studies in six diverse universities

Willcoxson, Lesley and Cotter, Julie and Joy, Sally (2011) Beyond the first-year experience: the impact on attrition of student experiences throughout undergraduate degree studies in six diverse universities. Studies in Higher Education, 36 (3). pp. 331-352. ISSN 0307-5079

Abstract

In the face of difficult economic circumstances, increased competition and student diversity, attrition and retention have become issues of great significance to higher education institutions seeking to survive. A large body of work has explored the relationship between attrition and the first-year experience, but there has been little focus on students’ experience of university in subsequent years despite the fact that later year attrition counts for approximately half of all attrition. This empirical research study examines students’ experience of university in six diverse universities, across the three years of business degree studies. It finds that the factors correlated with intention to withdraw from university studies are differentiated by year of study, and further differentiated by the university attended. The implications of these findings are discussed and a framework for institutional action is subsequently used to outline the dimensions of a relevant retention program.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Prof. Julie Cotter
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2011 09:18
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2014 23:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: student experience; student support; academic at-risk students; university drop-out; business schools
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/03075070903581533
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19003

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