Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (46)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

46. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will list in tabular form, on a county by county basis, the number of students who have dropped out of third level courses in the 2012-13 academic year up until the end of February 2013 and the way these figures compare to the same time last year. [11745/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The most recent report by the HEA entitled 'A study of Progression in Higher Education' is available on the HEA website. The following table from the report illustrates the non-presence rates of new entrants in their second year of study by sector, NFQ level and course duration. New entrants are classified as 'not present' if they do not appear in the statistical returns of that institution in the following academic year. The proportion of new entrants in 2007/08 who were not present one year later was 15% on average across all sectors and NFQ Levels. Prior educational attainment is a very significant factor. The HEA is currently in the process of working on an analysis of retention rates in the universities and institutes of technology. This has only recently become possible due to a full population of SRS (Student Record System) data becoming available for a period spanning five years. The HEA which is responsible for the collection of data on student progression does not have the information requested for the current academic year. Non-Presence Rates for New Entrants by Sector and NFQ Level (2008/09)

Sector

Level

Most Common Points Attained

% Not Present

Level 6

250–300

25%

Level 7

250–300

26%

Level 8

300–350

16%

L8 3 yr duration

300–350

16%

L8 4 yr duration

300–350

16%

L8 4+ yr duration

450–500

10%

Institutes of Technology

All New Entrants

300–350

22%

Level 8

400–450

9%

L8 3 yr duration

350–400

10%

L8 4 yr duration

450–500

9%

Universities

L8 4+ yr duration

550–600

3%

Level 8

450–500

4%

L8 3 yr duration

450–500

2%

Other Colleges

L8 4 yr duration

400–450

7%

All Institutions

Level 8

350–400

11%

All Institutions

All New Entrants

350–400

15%

Question No. 47 answered with Question No. 40.