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Education Secretary warns about Uni drop out rates.

Education Secretary warns about Uni drop out rates.

Universities must do more to cut ‘damaging’ dropout rates or risk undermining the progress made in improving access to higher education, Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said today (8 March).

As new figures are published showing dropout rates by institution – identifying those with the worst non-continuation rates – Mr Hinds has challenged universities to focus on successful participation as well as admissions, particularly for students from disadvantaged and under-represented groups who are more likely to drop out.

The Education Secretary has told universities with the highest dropout rates that their figures create the impression that providers are only interested in ‘bums on seats’, rather than offering all-round support for students throughout their studies to complete their degree.

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