Students aged 25 and over are twice as likely to drop out than students aged 19 and under.
There are some factors which make students more likely to drop out of university than others. Here are four ways universities can help boost retention.
What makes gifted kids from advantaged families get ahead?
America's low-income but high-achieving kids fail to find the necessary resources, and consequently fall behind. This has huge implications for innovation as well as the GDP.
Differentiation is about enabling all students to reach the same learning goal.
Differentiation is not about about creating different lessons for every student. It's about teachers providing a range of options for students to demonstrate their learning.
Should universities ditch the ATAR and use other ways to select students onto courses?
The ATAR system is cheap and efficient, but it means students are selected to go to university on the basis of a single score which some have claimed is too simplisitc. Is it time for a new system?
Labor has announced it would fully fund Gonski if it wins government.
Labor has announced it will commit to fully funding Gonski, with a reform package costing $37.3 billion over the next decade.
But is this actually what the Gonski review recommended?
The government see private schools as the solution to quality.
The dumping of Gonski education funding model will inevitably increase social inequality – funding for public schools will reduce while support for private schools increase.
‘Ready for lift-off’
Scotland is threatening a positive-discrimination policy for making access to universities more equal. While its central argument is right, there's more to this than meets the eye.
Disadvantaged children find schools increasingly irrelevant to their lives.
Australian education fails one in four young people. It is time we started exploring why school is not working for increasing numbers of disadvantaged children.
How do we create an education system that works for all?
New analysis of public data highlights flaws in the education system that is leaving disadvantaged students in the most vulnerable positions.
The Conservatives aren’t stopping their academies drive.
The gap is growing between the best and worst chains of academies, according to new research.
How can technology be harnessed to teach children in an effective way?
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How can we prepare children for a tech world while fighting the distractions it inevitably brings?
Universities are public in nature but don’t represent a cross-section of the public.
Universities are public in nature but don't represent a cross-section of the public. So who do they serve?
Most career advice starts late in high school. This is too late for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The unemployment rate for 15 to 19-year-olds is currently 20.1% in Australia. This is over three times the national rate of 6.3% and almost double the unemployment rate of this age group during the first…
Miliband has been wooing student voters.
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Labour's Ed Miliband says that advantaged pupils are much more likely to go to university. Is he right?
Students continue to fight against tuition fees.
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Research comparing reforms in Scotland and England shows higher university fees reduce applications.
Closing up the gap?
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Nick Clegg has hailed the success of the coalition's policies in closing the gap between richer and poorer students. Is he right?
Bright kids should shine, whatever their background.
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Cultural vouchers for poor kids could help them get better A Levels.
Measuring progress on tackling the impact of poverty.
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Overcoming educational disadvantage is not easy. Even before they enter the school gates for the first time, a variety of factors including inheritance, social class, parenting style and family income…
Larger class sizes can have negative impacts on disadvantaged students.
A recent report by the Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission has suggested that reducing class sizes in the state has not improved student academic performance. The report said that despite…
Kids drop out before finishing school for many reasons. Flexible learning caters to these.
Despite encouragement from federal, state and territory governments to complete school – and a legal obligation to “learn or earn” – one in five young Australians still leaves school before the end of…