New Reports on Study Success in Higher Education for DG EAC

CHEPS together with NIFU published the results of a large international comparative study on the policies and practices in Europe regarding “Dropout and Completion in higher education”. This research was conducted for DG EAC of the European Commission and is presented in 8 reports:

Dropout and Completion in Higher Education in Europe

Improving completion and reducing dropout in higher education are key concerns for higher education in Europe. This study on dropout and completion in higher education in Europe demonstrates that national governments and higher education institutions use three different study success objectives: completion, time-to-degree and retention. To address these objectives policy makers at national and institutional level apply various policy instruments. These can be categorized under three main policy headings: financial incentives; information and support for students; and organizational issues.

The evidence indicates that countries that have more explicit study success objectives, targets and policies are likely to be more successful. Particularly if the policy approach is comprehensive and consistent. As such, it is important that study success is an issue in the information provision to (prospective) students, in financial incentives for students and institutions, in quality assurance, and in the education pathways offered to students. Furthermore, increasing the responsibility of higher education institutions for study success, for example in the area of selecting, matching, tracking, counselling, mentoring and integrating students in academic life is clearly effective. Finally, to support the policy debate and monitoring of study success evidence, there is a need for more systematic international comparative data and thorough analysis of the effectiveness of study success policies.

The study has been conducted by:

Hans Vossensteyn

Andrea Kottmann

Ben Jongbloed

Frans Kaiser

Leon Cremonini

Bjørn Stensaker

Elisabeth Hovdhaugen

Sabine Wollscheid

In close collaboration with:

Liz Thomas (Edge Hill University, UK)

Martin Unger (IHS Vienna, Austria)