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New Study Says University Dropout Rates Tied To Preparedness, Not Laziness

From The University of Western Ontario

According to new research from The University of Western Ontario, approximately 40 percent of students who drop out of university do so because of what they learn about their own academic ability, based primarily on the grades they receive after arriving on campus.  That’s far too late a wake-up call, says Todd Stinebrickner, a Western economics professor, who serves as a faculty Fellow at the CIBC Centre for Human Capital & Productivity.  Stinebrickner co-wrote the study, “Learning About Academic Ability and the College Drop-out Decision” with his father Ralph Stinebrickner, a professor emeritus at Berea College in Kentuck.  Todd Stinebrickner explains on average, students enter university overly optimistic about their likely performance, predicting they will obtain far higher grades than what they actually obtain in the first semester.  As a result, many students learn over the course of their studies that university is not a good match for them academically, and they choose to drop out.  More importantly, Stinebrickner says these results have very little to do with incoming students working hard enough.

Continued at:http://communications.uwo.ca/com/media_newsroom/media_newsroom_stories/new_study_says_university_dropout_rates

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