The statistics on students’ dropout rates of higher university education dynamics and non-university education institutions in 1999–2004 Cover Image

Studentų išstojimo iš aukštųjų universitetinių ir neuniversitetinių mokyklų dinamika 1999–2004 metais
The statistics on students’ dropout rates of higher university education dynamics and non-university education institutions in 1999–2004

Author(s): Marijona Barkauskaitė, Vida Gudžinskienė
Subject(s): Education
Published by: Lietuvos edukologijos universitetas
Keywords: students; dropout rates; higher education institutions.

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to analyse the data / indicators presented by the Department of Statistics on students’ dropout of higher education and non-university institutions, to study scientific and methodical literature discussing issues of students’ dropout, to present its dynamics in 1999–2004, and to draw theoretical conclusions regarding possibilities of dropout prevention. The object of this research includes rates of students’ dropout of higher university education and non-university institutions. The methods of research: The analysis of scientific and methodical literature and the data of the Department of Statistics to identify rates of students’ dropout in the last five years. The number of students studying at higher educational institutions is annually increasing. The increase in this number consequently results in a growth in the number of students who terminate their studies. The state loses the money, allocated for development of the society’s intellectual potential, since it fails to reach the target and the set goals are not achieved. The analysis of scientific and methodical literature and the data of the Department of Statistics showed that: higher education establishments do not pay a sufficient attention to the analysis of the situation regarding students’ dropout of study programmes. No statistics is collected on this issue, the reasons for dropouts are not analysed (only the reasons such as academic debts or departure for studies abroad are pointed out). The most important reason why students terminate their studies in higher education institution is their academic failure (in 1998 it amounted to 48,8 percent, in 2004 years – to 51,8 percent). With the growing number of students enrolled in the programmes of higher education institutions, the proportion of students receiving scholarships is decreasing, whereas there is an increase in the rates of students’ dropout. The number of students getting scholarships in master programmes is also going down: from 65 percent in the academic year of 2000–2001, 62 percent in the academic year of 2002–2003 to 58 percent in the academic year of 2003–2004.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 84
  • Page Range: 53-58
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Lithuanian