Agency Annual Reports
Improving Student Achievement in English Higher Education
House of Commons papers 2001-02 486
- National Audit Office
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report considers the achievement levels amongst students in higher education in England. It discusses why students withdraw from their studies, how performance varies between institutions and subject areas, and looks at existing areas of good practice.
It makes a number of recommendations to improve completion and achievement rates, to support those students who may find it more difficult to achieve their qualifications, and assist students prepare for employment. The report finds that overall achievement rates are impressive, especially given the increase in student numbers over recent years, and compare favourably with other countries. 77 per cent of full-time first degree students achieve a degree at the institution at which they started, and six per cent either achieve a different qualification or transfer to another institution.
Students who withdraw tend to have lower prior academic qualifications. Although there are wide variations in continuation and achievement rates between different institutions, most perform close to the performance benchmark set by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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