WA University and Schools See Rise In Student’s Dropout Rate

The past decade has proved to be an unpleasant one for the West Australian Universities, as the student dropout rate reached its peak. According to the student attrition data of Higher education, 16.05% of WA students who got enrolled in the Undergraduation courses in 2015, did not show up in their respective universities last year.

The highest dropout rate was observed at Edith Cowan University where more than one in five or 21.87 percent of the students did not revert back. Murdoch University had an attrition rate of 19.26 %, an attrition rate even higher than that of the State average.

Curtain University and Notre Dame University lost 16.34% and 10.63% of students respectively. While the University of WA lost 7.23% of students.

The Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said that the national attrition rate has ascended the scales up to 15%, while some of the universities showed figures double the national attrition rate.

  “Too many students clearly aren’t getting the support they need to succeed”, he said.

Universities Australia deputy Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said that the figures of students dropout rate is similar to the figures of a decade ago. He said that despite a dramatic increase in the number of students going to universities, the number of students dropping out of universities is increasingly shooting up.

ECU senior deputy Vice chancellor Arshad Omari said that attrition was due to an array of factors, including academic preparation, expectations and students’ personal or financial circumstances.

Murdoch deputy vice-chancellor education Romy Lawson said out of the students dropping out of universities, most of them were mature-aged students and students from lower economic backgrounds as well as from the rural areas.