Improving retention, completion and success in higher education

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Higher Education Standards Panel


In November 2016 the Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, asked the Higher Education Standards Panel to examine: (1) the trends and factors driving completions and attrition; (2) the adequacy of existing data on completions and attrition and improvements that can enhance transparency and institutional accountability; (3) strategies institutions can pursue to support student success and course completion in higher education; and (4) ways in which the identification of students at risk of non-completion, and the adoption of evidence-based support strategies to maximise...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Participation; Outcomes; Providers of education and training; Statistics; Governance

Keywords: Student retention; Completion; Achievement; Attainment; Trend; Data collecting; Institutional role; Government role; Accountability

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Department of Education and Training, 2017

Physical description: 79 p.

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ISBN: 9781760510930 (pdf); 9781760510947 (docx)

On cover: Discussion paper, June 2017

Resource type: Discussion paper

Rights: With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the Department's logo, any material protected by a trade mark and where otherwise noted all material presented in this document is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Call number: TD/TNC 128.797

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