Training and Employment

Leaving university without a degree : four types of early leavers

Publié le 1 juin 2010

Leaving university without a degree : four types of early leavers

Nathalie Beaupère , Gérard Boudesseul

  • Training and Employment n°86
  • juin 2010

ABANDON DES ETUDES, ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR, UNIVERSITE, ETUDIANT, PROJET SCOLAIRE, FRANCE, Céreq - Centre associé de Rennes, Céreq - Centre associé de Caen

Students who leave University without obtaining degrees are not all poor attenders. Many young people enrol at University after ruling out other options, and when they start off, they have to learn the job of being a student, which is not an easy task. Four types of early leavers were defined on the basis of two subjective criteria: the value students attach to University degrees and their ideas about their future transition to work. If these categories of students could be spotted using properly established and recognized criteria, it might be possible to reduce the drop-out rates.

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