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Authors: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
Publication title:Student retention in engineering education - Examples of how it looks and what can be done
Conference:3:e Utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar, 30 november - 1 december, Campus Norrköping, Linköpings universitet
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:075
Article No.:011
Abstract: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.
Language:English
Keywords:Student departure, student retention
Year:2012
No. of pages:5
Pages:53-57
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/075/011/ecp12075011.pdf
Available:2012-06-26
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Staffan Andersson, Jannika Andersson Chronholm, Birgitta Gelin (2012). Student retention in engineering education - Examples of how it looks and what can be done, 3:e Utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar, 30 november - 1 december, Campus Norrköping, Linköpings universitet http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=075;article=011 (accessed 4/21/2014)