Persistence and Graduation
The nature of the progression of students through their first university program of study is complex to describe and interpret. While a good proportion follow what might be classified as the traditional path - four years of full time study at the same institution culminating in the completion of a bachelor's degree - still greater numbers take a less straightforward route to graduation that can mean periods of part-time study, changing programs, stopping out (taking a year or two off, but returning to study), or changing institutions. And there are some that leave and do not return to study at the university level.
Understanding the nature of these pathways is important in order to be able to assist students with academic and career choices, and to identify specific groups in greater need of assistance navigating their educational path. It also draws attention to the resources devoted to student recruitment and student financial assistance.
To begin to help characterize the varied pathways of the Maritime university student population, the Commission has developed two measures of student progress and outcomes: persistence and graduation, within the university of first entry. The statistics are derived from the MPHEC's longitudinal PSIS file which enables the tracking of individuals over time.
Student Progression in the Maritime University System, June 2015
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Trends in Maritime Higher Education. Student Progression within University of First Entry: Persistence and Graduation. Volume 8, Number 1. January 2010.