At the Grattan Institute, we are nearing completion of a report on not completing university degrees, one of the measures that could be used in the new performance funding regime.
We’ve got lots of interesting new data on how much time students spend enrolled before they leave, how much they have spent, and the risk factors that can help predict who will complete and who will drop out.
But the data and literature on how people feel about incomplete qualifications is very sparse, and so we decided to run our own online survey.
It’s obviously not a random sample, but with over 800 responses to date we are able to identify some general themes. With more respondents we could start to see whether reactions to not completing differ across student categories.
The survey is going to close in a few days, so if you have dropped out a degree yourself, please take it. Or if you know someone who has dropped out, please forward the link to them.
Our report is going to focus on people who have left university without any degree, but we are also interested in people with a complete degree as well as a complete one.
I was consumed with getting Mapping Australian higher education ready when Nick Gruen emailed asking for promotions for his Crikey group subscription, and am only now getting around to it with a few days to go. At his current group count it will be $109, but could go down to $99 if enough people join. Details here.
The government has a target of 40% of 25-34 year olds holding a bachelor degree or above by 2025. Data released by the ABS today shows that for women the target has already been met for 25-29 year olds. But men are lagging well behind on 30%.
However the gender gap is much smaller if vocational education qualifications are included:
Men with upper-level vocational qualifications do ok, which makes it less clear that there is a need to boost male university participation.
If you want to get Crikey, but don’t want to pay full price, Nick Gruen does an annual service in organising a group subscription. Details here, cross-posted from Club Troppo:
It’s on again folks. Crikey subscribers on the group subscription I organise have begun getting presubscription emails. Whether you are a subscriber already or not, you can subscribe through this means and qualify for the discounts Crikey offer.
Prices keep rising, and they’ve risen again this year. Here’s the schedule.
If you want to join the subscription, please email me on
you know the rest.
Then in a few weeks from now I’ll shoot a list of names and email addresses to Crikey and they’ll follow up.
3-5 Members – $125
6-9 Members – $115
10-19 Members – $105
20-49 Members – $95
50+ Members – $85