Analysis by the Office for Students shows that the dropout rate was 10 per cent higher for students who accepted unconditional offers than would have been expected if they had accepted conditional offers. iNews reports.
Across the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, this represented almost two hundred students dropping out who would otherwise have been expected to continue.
While many people think unconditional offers have their place – for example in relation to students with anxiety problems likely to affect exam performance – their meteoric rise has been accompanied by growing concern about the practice.
Today’s data on dropout rates is only likely to reinforce fears that students with unconditional offers are arriving at university less prepared for their studies than their peers.
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