UNI DELAYED: Kelsey Corrin works in office administration but planned to study education at CQU.
UNI DELAYED: Kelsey Corrin works in office administration but planned to study education at CQU. Mike Richards

CQUniversity takes steps to deal with high dropout rate

ONE in four students enrolled in their first year at CQUniversity either fail or drop out.

The 2013 statistics released by Education Department on July 31 revealed CQU had the fourth highest university attrition rate in Australia.

Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching Services Professor Ian Findlay said CQU had bucked the trend and improved attrition rates by about 5% since 2005.

"You get high attrition rates at regional universities so we have implemented new systems," Prof Findlay said.

"Students who have not logged into the website get flagged and we contact them to see if they need support," he said.

Kelsey Corrin enrolled in an education course at CQU in 2014 and pulled out in her first three weeks.

In her final year at Toolooa State High School, she did a university course on campus but the following year her education course was offered via distance education.

"I was stressing out straight away because I was doing distance education. Luckily my parents were very supportive," Ms Corrin said.

"Mum told me if I don't think I could handle it I could always go back," she said.

"Now I look at my brother who has gone to university at the age of 23 and loves it."

Professor Findlay said the conversation should not be about attrition rates but rather on graduate outcomes.

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