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Abstract

GALLEGOS, Juan A.; CAMPOS, Nélyda A.; CANALES, Katherine A.  and  GONZALEZ, Evelyn N.. Determining Factors of University Dropout. A Case of the Faculty of Economy and Administration Sciences of the Catholic University of the Most Holy Conception (Chile). Form. Univ. [online]. 2018, vol.11, n.3, pp.11-18. ISSN 0718-5006.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-50062018000300011.

The objective of the study presented in this paper was to evaluate those factors leading a university student to leave her career, not just during the first year, but also during the following ones. By using a logit probability model, it was found that dropout’s factors change during the career. Although there is a transversal factor that explains dropout, corresponding to academic performance, during the first year others factors appear, such as hometown, age, and year of entry, whereas by the third year of study the most important factors are academic performance and funding. These results can be used to design better student retention policies.

Keywords : dropout; university education; academic performance; funding; retention rates..

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