Drop-out in Higher Education

Project Details


The high failure rate in higher education in Flanders - over 50% - has considerable psychological and financial consequences for the students. The analysis of the failures and dropouts in the last decades was often reduced to the study of the possible variables influencing succes and failure and the development of the predictive instruments based upon these variables. The dynamics in the proces of transition and integration in higher education received less attention. In this project the dynamics of the development towards succes or failure will be studied and related to the known variables wich are expected to influence the proces. A sample of 4 400 students (3 000 in university and 1 400 in non university HE) will be followed during the first year in HE. A questionaire at the entry stage will give information on the socio-cultural background, educational career, skills and regulations activities of the students. through semi-structured intervieuws the proces of integration into the chosen institution and programma will be assessed at two moments (after two months of experience but prior to formal essassments, and a few weeks before the final exams at the end of the year). All students who failed the year or dropped out will be interviewed again in the beginning of the next academic year. The main result of this project will lie in recommandation for prvention and remedial action at hte different stages of the integration process.
Effective start/end date1/03/9931/05/01


  • Proces of transition
  • higher education
  • Drop-out

Flemish discipline codes

  • Psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Sociology and anthropology