Undergraduate non-completion rates

Differences between UK universities

Jill Johnes, Jim Taylor

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

32 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The non-completion rate of university students differs substantially between UK universities. This paper provides estimates of non-completion rates for the 1979 and 1980 entry cohorts into each university and suggests a number of reasons which may have contributed to these inter-university differences. Statistical analysis indicates that a large proportion of the inter-university variation in the non-completion rate can be explained by three main factors: the scholastic ability of each university's new entrants (as reflected by A-level score), the subject mix of each university, and the proportion of each university's students accommodated in a hall of residence. The main conclusion is that inter-university comparisons in the non-completion rate are of little value unless account is taken of differences in the scholastic ability of each university's intake of students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-225
Number of pages17
JournalHigher Education
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1989
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

university
Proportion
student
ability
Universities
statistical analysis
Statistical Analysis
Estimate

Cite this

@article{3a4c92edb6e74120aef01ac32927920f,
title = "Undergraduate non-completion rates: Differences between UK universities",
abstract = "The non-completion rate of university students differs substantially between UK universities. This paper provides estimates of non-completion rates for the 1979 and 1980 entry cohorts into each university and suggests a number of reasons which may have contributed to these inter-university differences. Statistical analysis indicates that a large proportion of the inter-university variation in the non-completion rate can be explained by three main factors: the scholastic ability of each university's new entrants (as reflected by A-level score), the subject mix of each university, and the proportion of each university's students accommodated in a hall of residence. The main conclusion is that inter-university comparisons in the non-completion rate are of little value unless account is taken of differences in the scholastic ability of each university's intake of students.",
author = "Jill Johnes and Jim Taylor",
year = "1989",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1007/BF00139181",
language = "English",
volume = "18",
pages = "209--225",
journal = "Higher Education",
issn = "0018-1560",
publisher = "Springer Netherlands",
number = "2",

}

Undergraduate non-completion rates : Differences between UK universities. / Johnes, Jill; Taylor, Jim.

In: Higher Education, Vol. 18, No. 2, 01.03.1989, p. 209-225.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Undergraduate non-completion rates

T2 - Differences between UK universities

AU - Johnes, Jill

AU - Taylor, Jim

PY - 1989/3/1

Y1 - 1989/3/1

N2 - The non-completion rate of university students differs substantially between UK universities. This paper provides estimates of non-completion rates for the 1979 and 1980 entry cohorts into each university and suggests a number of reasons which may have contributed to these inter-university differences. Statistical analysis indicates that a large proportion of the inter-university variation in the non-completion rate can be explained by three main factors: the scholastic ability of each university's new entrants (as reflected by A-level score), the subject mix of each university, and the proportion of each university's students accommodated in a hall of residence. The main conclusion is that inter-university comparisons in the non-completion rate are of little value unless account is taken of differences in the scholastic ability of each university's intake of students.

AB - The non-completion rate of university students differs substantially between UK universities. This paper provides estimates of non-completion rates for the 1979 and 1980 entry cohorts into each university and suggests a number of reasons which may have contributed to these inter-university differences. Statistical analysis indicates that a large proportion of the inter-university variation in the non-completion rate can be explained by three main factors: the scholastic ability of each university's new entrants (as reflected by A-level score), the subject mix of each university, and the proportion of each university's students accommodated in a hall of residence. The main conclusion is that inter-university comparisons in the non-completion rate are of little value unless account is taken of differences in the scholastic ability of each university's intake of students.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0000522991&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/BF00139181

DO - 10.1007/BF00139181

M3 - Article

VL - 18

SP - 209

EP - 225

JO - Higher Education

JF - Higher Education

SN - 0018-1560

IS - 2

ER -