Risk factors for non-progression at third level

The main risk factors for non-progression at third level are the following*:

  1. Low prior educational achievement, i.e., low CAO points.
  2. Being male
  3. Being from a lower socioeconomic group
  4. Studying on a course in construction or ICT

When all of the above arise together, you have the perfect storm and high non-progression rates are almost inevitable. So if we want to tackle high non-progression rates, we need to target those students about whom some or all of the above statements can be made. The entire system doesn’t need to be radically overhauled.

*http://hea.ie/sites/default/files/hea-progression-irish-higher-education_final.pdf

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About Greg Foley

A lecturer in Biotechnology in Dublin City University for more than 25 years. Trained as a Chemical Engineer in UCD (BE and PhD) and Cornell (MS). Does research on analysis and design of membrane filtration systems.
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