Retention rates slump at fast five

Retention rates slump at fast five  | John Ross | The Australian Higher Education | 18 July, 2012

THE five fastest-growing universities recorded their lowest progress rates last year, as more students struggled in an expanding university system. Macquarie, Swinburne, Canberra, Western Sydney and the Australian Catholic universities saw student progress rates retreat after recruiting aggressively in 2010 and last year. The five had over-enrolled by between 25 per cent and 40 per cent in the two years, taking advantage of the doubling of the over-enrolment buffer to 10 per cent in the lead-up to this year’s uncapping of higher education places.

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