Article | 3:e Utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar; 30 november - 1 december; Campus Norrköping; Linköpings universitet | Student retention in engineering education - Examples of how it looks and what can be done

Title:
Student retention in engineering education - Examples of how it looks and what can be done
Author:
Staffan Andersson: Division of Physics Education Research, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University Jannika Andersson Chronholm: Division of Physics Education Research, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University Birgitta Gelin: Office for Science and Technology, Uppsala University
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Year:
2012
Conference:
3:e Utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar; 30 november - 1 december; Campus Norrköping; Linköpings universitet
Issue:
075
Article no.:
011
Pages:
53-57
No. of pages:
5
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2012-06-26
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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There is an ongoing effort to find better ways to measure; visualize and understand student retention. We have explored the retention pattern for engineering programmes at Uppsala University. We indentify some distinctive features; such as the rapid decline of student numbers during the first two years of study; which is enhanced during summer holidays and a steadier situation after the first two years. A qualitative analysis yielded four reasons for student departure from our programmes: dissatisfaction with the study experience; problems to handle studies; conflicts of interest and lacking work connection. We related these reasons to the observed retention pattern and suggest implications for future practice.

Keywords: Student departure; student retention

3:e Utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar; 30 november - 1 december; Campus Norrköping; Linköpings universitet

Author:
Staffan Andersson, Jannika Andersson Chronholm, Birgitta Gelin
Title:
Student retention in engineering education - Examples of how it looks and what can be done
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3:e Utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar; 30 november - 1 december; Campus Norrköping; Linköpings universitet

Author:
Staffan Andersson, Jannika Andersson Chronholm, Birgitta Gelin
Title:
Student retention in engineering education - Examples of how it looks and what can be done
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