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Learning from Futuretrack: Dropout from Higher Education

This report presents findings from a study of people who applied to enter higher education in 2006 and later dropped out. It uses data from Futuretrack, which is a longitudinal study of all people who applied in 2005 to 2006 to enter university in the UK during the autumn of 2006. Futuretrack collected data from students before, during and after their time at university.

The report examines the different reasons connected to dropout from higher education, and the long-term employment outcomes of respondents who did not enter or who dropped out.

Among the factors considered is access to and quality of careers guidance. The report found, for example, that respondents who dropped out of HE or who did not enter HE were more likely than those who completed the year to have, in an earlier survey, disagreed with positively worded items, such as whether careers guidance had been helpful. For example, 50 per cent of respondents who dropped out either disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement "I have had excellent careers guidance" while the proportion of respondents who continued in HE who gave a similar response was somewhat lower (39.4 per cent).

Author(s): Dr Andrew McCulloch and colleagues at the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU)

Other Publishers: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Production date: 2014

How to obtain: Download Learning from Futuretrack: Dropout from higher education

Communities: Research, Recruiters and Partners, Graduate Labour Market (GLaM), Employability

Format: Web



Tags: careers guidance HECSU graduate employment leaving HE leaving a course dropout rates Futuretrack

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