Higher Education

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 209–225 | Cite as

Undergraduate non-completion rates: Differences between UK universities

  • Jill Johnes
  • Jim Taylor
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Abstract

The non-completion rate of university students differs substantially between UK universities. This paper provides estimates of non-completion rates for the 1979 and 1980 entry cohorts into each university and suggests a number of reasons which may have contributed to these inter-university differences. Statistical analysis indicates that a large proportion of the inter-university variation in the non-completion rate can be explained by three main factors: the scholastic ability of each university's new entrants (as reflected by A-level score), the subject mix of each university, and the proportion of each university's students accommodated in a hall of residence. The main conclusion is that inter-university comparisons in the non-completion rate are of little value unless account is taken of differences in the scholastic ability of each university's intake of students.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jill Johnes
    • 1
  • Jim Taylor
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of LancasterLancasterUK

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