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Relatively little is known in Canada – or in most other countries – about system-wide PSE persistence, and the pathways to the successful completion of a credential.

Richer data give the lie to poor completion rates in Canada

Following individuals’ paths in and out of different institutions shows that most students eventually graduate, say economists Ross Finnie, Richard E. Mueller and Arthur Sweetman.

Apr 03, 2018

Entering a post-secondary education (PSE) programme is only a beginning and many different pathways can follow. Some students continue in their initial programme until graduation. Some switch to a new one – sometimes at a new institution or at a different level. Others abandon their studies, or return to them later.

Understanding the frequency of each of these routes is important to students, institutions, policymakers and society given that PSE is one of the main pillars on which modern economies depend. Hence, related metrics are often employed to evaluate institution and system-wide performance. The challenge is to track students across different programmes and institutions, and through any withdrawals and later re-entry. Indeed, any full understanding of the issues would also take in family characteristics and other background factors, as well as programme of study, preparation level and other schooling factors.

Continue reading the original article on Times Higher Education