Student dropout rates in Australia may be as high as 20%
Julia Hinde THES, London
Dropout rates for medical students in Australia could be as high as one in five, while across all disciplines up to one in three Australian students leave before completing a degree, a new survey reveals.
The study, by the Australian Department of Education, Training, and Youth Affairs, followed 129 000 domestic students who embarked on undergraduate courses in 1992. Six years on, just 60% had completed a degree, 6% had not yet gained an award but were still studying at the same institution, and 34% had not completed a degree and were not studying at the institution of enrolment. They had dropped out, had moved elsewhere, or were taking a break.
The high dropout rates have caused considerable concern in the university sector, though the authors of the study now suggest that if transfers to other universities are considered, as well as the fact that some students may return later,