Student Recruitment or Retention?

The economic implications of the alarmingly high rates of attrition for enrolment management was anticipated more than 30 years ago by John Gardner during the early stages of the freshman-year experience movement he helped launch: “Higher education must make changes if it is to survive in anything resembling its present form, the student has become…

A Relationship Like No Other – First Year Induction and Retention at Higher Education

It is most important to highlight and remember, that improving the higher educational experience not only fulfils the institutionally self-serving function of promoting fiscal solvency, but it serves the student-centred purpose of promoting learning and development. Should a student miss out on or leave their initial choice of higher educational institution, they not only leave…

Retention of Computing Students in Ireland, Context and Theory.

The importance of student success in higher education is incontestable (Morgan et al. 2001; Thornhill 2001) and improving student retention and achievement has a particularly high priority for third level institutes of higher education. Both the University and Institute of Technology sectors realise the importance, with the Inter-Universities Retention Network (Moore 2004) declaring that The universities…