The Role of the Academic Factor in Student’s Tendency to University Dropout
George S. Androulakis, Dimitra Ap. Georgiou, Pantelis Kiprianos, George Stamelos

Dropout in higher education has got important dimensions worldwide. The problem has consequences on an individual, social and economic level and it is thus of significance to investigate students’ tendency to dropout before the decision to leave their studies is irreversible. Due to the complexity of the dropout phenomenon and the diversity of the influence exerted by different factors, arises intensively the need for a thorough comprehension of the mechanism and decomposition of the exerted intercorrelations. In regards to the above, this research aimed to analyze the effect of the variables within the academic spectrum on students’ tendency to dropout of their studies via hierarchical regression trees indicating both the sequence and intercorrelation. From the present work it emerged that the elements of the academic index exert a significant impact on students’ tendency to dropout via the sequence of level of study followed by the subject of study, the provision of knowledge to solve complex real-world problems, the feedback by professors on students’ work completed, the students’ perception of justice and reward in the evaluation procedures concerning them, the clarity of the educational goals and courses’ requirements as well as students’ satisfaction with the work of the teaching staff.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jehd.v10n1a5