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Understanding the Determinants of Persistence and Academic Success in University: An Exploration of Data from Four Ontario Universities

A Payne, M Dooley, L Robb

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario | Published : 2011

Abstract

While significant emphasis in Canada has been placed on studying the barriers for access to university, much less has been known about the factors contributing to a student’s success and completion once enrolled, also known as their academic persistence. A new study commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) finds that the most powerful indicator of persistence and academic success is the strength of a student’s high school grades. Understanding the Determinants of Persistence and Academic Success in University: An Exploration of Data from Four Ontario Universities finds that characteristics such as gender and chosen program are significantly weaker indicators of..

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