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Retaining Students to Completion: A Qualitative Study of Institutional Factors

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posted on 2023-05-29, 04:07 authored by Rachael RueggRachael Ruegg
Retaining students until they complete their qualifications is one of the main aims of many higher education institutions. Retention of students is also looked at from different perspectives in the literature. This small, exploratory, narrative enquiry research looks into the experiences of twenty-one domestic students during their first year and a half of a three-year bachelor’s degree at a New Zealand university. The same researcher conducted all the interviews, which were recorded, transcribed and imported to Nvivo for thematic analysis. The researcher attempted to draw comparisons between the students who withdrew from the university within the first year and a half and those who did not in order to gain a deeper understanding of the institutional factors which may be involved in retention of students. Four main themes were found in the interview data, relating to expectations for student effort, guidance provided by instructors, feedback provided on assignments and consistency, which seemed to be significant to the university experience for many students.

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Ruegg, R. (2023). Retaining Students to Completion: A Qualitative Study of Institutional Factors. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 20(5). https://doi.org/10.53761/1.20.5.14

Journal title

Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice

Volume

20

Issue

5

Publication date

2023-05-29

Publisher

Office of the Academic Executive Director, University of Tasmania

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

2023-05-29

ISSN

1449-9789

eISSN

1449-9789