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An exploratory study of factors affecting attrition within an ICT degree


Herbert, N and Herbert, D and Wapstra, E and de Salas, K and Acuna, T, An exploratory study of factors affecting attrition within an ICT degree, Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2020), 4-6 February 2020, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 76-85. ISBN 978-1-4503-7686-0 (2020) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1145/3373165.3373174


While the number of students commencing an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) degree has grown over the last few years, the high attrition rate m ICT degrees is a major concern of both the ICT industry and higher education. This empirical study analyses what pre-tertiary factors, such as gender, citizenship, age, and entry qualification, are useful in detecting when a student is likely to withdraw from an undergraduate ICT degree. Academic advisors can use the information to apply appropriate intervention measures at times when they are most likely to be effective at reducing attrition. For some pre-tertiary factors it is recommended to apply the intervention measures before a problem has arisen.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:attrition, gender, citizenship, age, ATAR, TAFE
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Human-centred computing
Research Field:Computing education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Herbert, N (Dr Nicole Herbert)
UTAS Author:Herbert, D (Mr Daniel Herbert)
UTAS Author:Wapstra, E (Associate Professor Erik Wapstra)
UTAS Author:de Salas, K (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
UTAS Author:Acuna, T (Associate Professor Tina Acuna)
ID Code:138123
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2020-03-25
Last Modified:2020-04-06

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