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'Retentioneering' higher education in the UK: attitudinal barriers to addressing student retention in universities

Simpson, Ormond and Johnston, Veronique (2006). 'Retentioneering' higher education in the UK: attitudinal barriers to addressing student retention in universities. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 8(3) pp. 28–36.

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Abstract

This article argues that universities' attitudes to student retention are essentially ambivalent. For example, increased retention can be seen as a sign of lower academic standards and thus, lower institutional status. The authors suggest that this need not be the case and that retention can be increased with no effect on standards. However 'retentioneering' an institution in this way is likely to require substantial changes in institutional structures and staff attitudes. This article suggests ways in which such attitudes can be understood and possibly changed.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 2045-2713
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 11859
Depositing User: Ormond Simpson
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2008 12:10
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 15:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/11859
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