Entering university studies: identifying enabling factors for a successful transition from school to university

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Author: McGhie, V.


The South African higher education sector is faced with high attrition and low retention rates. Studies conducted by the Council on Higher Education in South Africa have found that 50 per cent of black students who access university study drop out, and the majority of dropouts occurred in the first year of study. While these studies revealed what the challenges were and why they occurred, not much has been done to overcome or prevent the challenges. Therefore, knowledge on how first-year students could be assisted and guided to adjust [successfully] to the university environment is...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Students; Providers of education and training; Participation; Research; Outcomes

Keywords: Barrier; Student retention; Student attrition; Student behaviour; University; Transition from secondary to further education and training; Perception; Attitude; Case study

Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa

Published: Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media, 2017

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Journal title: Higher education

Journal volume: 73

Journal number: 3

Journal date: March 2017

Pages: pp. 407-422

ISSN: 0018-1560, 1573-174X (online)

Statement of responsibility: Venicia McGhie

Special issue: Transition to higher education: an international perspective

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.54

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