Recent statistics could suggest that low student satisfaction could be contributing to the UK’s dropout rates.
Results from the 2012 national student survey, compared to 2012 degree completion rates available on the complete university guide website shows that there is a link between student’s satisfaction with course quality, and dropout rates.
Specifically in the West Midlands, Wolverhampton University have a rate of 77% student satisfaction and 73% degree completion. Compared to Aston University who hold a respectable rate of 86% student satisfaction and 94% degree completion.
Despite these indications, no constructive action appears to be taken in regards to the improvement of course quality in Higher Education. These factors barely even seem to be highlighted as areas that should be addressed.
The only and most recent HEFCE report, that appears to challenge this issue of non-completion in higher education, doesn’t identify this as an area for improvement.
The report claims that traditional, 18-21 year old students tend to withdraw from their studies “because of a lack of preparation, commitment or compatibility.”
Other reasons the report gives for student dropouts include “external circumstances related to their home life or their job” and financial difficulties. Overall, no responsibility for higher education institutions themselves has been indicated.