More people are dropping out of university, with figures rising at a steady yet alarming rate. So, what’s going on? And how can we combat this?
According to Channel 4, one in ten students will leave university in their second year of study, yet in some institutions, the figures are now reaching one in four!
BBC have claimed that more needs to be done to tackle the drop out rate at universities, yet is anything really being done at all in the first place?
In a study carried out last year, it was found that one in three students will suffer from depression and anxiety throughout their time at university, and with the pressures of crippling loans and debt, an overriding sense of responsibility to do well, as well as family and relationship pressures, are students simply leaving because they feel that they have to?
The highest drop out rates are in London, with a whopping 15% of students in the city ultimately having left university by their second year, whilst the ones who do remain are also seen to suffer, with London also having the highest recorded cases of stress, anxiety and depression also amongst students.
One other major reason for all this panic can definitely be put down to money, and students simply not being able to support themselves through their studies. Heres where it gets sad, there are students out there who wanted to go to university, who got in, who enjoyed it while they were there, yet ultimately had to leave due to money, debt, loans and living cost. Miserable, I know.
The BBC carried out a study that is now revealing poor students to be the highest demographic of people to be leaving university, clearly showing that the ‘gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students has clearly widened in the past year’.
Fears over money can also be noted in the courses in which students are dropping out of, all of which are art and humanities based. Could students be feeling the guilt of their course choice, and dropping it to get an income?
Sky News have revealed shocking statistics, ‘London Metropolitan University, 59% left a BA course in film, media and music…Sunderland University, 33% dropped out of a degree in information communication technology’.
Jo Johnson has urged this week that universities need to start providing ‘value for money’ when delivering the service, yet maybe this isn’t the problem.
Just a long shot here, but maybe the problem is that students are paying the same institution for a service that around four years ago, was one third of the price it is now. Maybe, oh I don’t know, students feel like they are getting completely ripped off? Are getting stressed? Are making themselves ill with worry? So are dropping out of university.
Maybe the solution to all this is money, working to make sure that students are not made to feel guilty about their choices, that they can enjoy their studies, and hopefully stay in till graduation.
Concerning more drop out rates, it seems that creative arts and design courses are still suffering, with a 7.4 per cent drop out rate, with the overall student satisfaction rate being the second lowest in the country. The drop out and applicant numbers are so low that a staggering 4000 students managed to get a university place in the latest statistics.
With university fees now set to rise a whopping £9250, could people be realising that university is simply not worth the money, and could these drop out rates be an example of this.
All these drop out rates come at a price and a harsh reminder that students are leaving education because they are unable to afford it, according to Les Ebdon; ‘its not about getting in, It’s about getting on’.
Grant cuts, fee raises- university is slowly becoming unavailable to the poorer areas of our society, and it doesn’t really seem fair, does it?