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What are the consequences of the newly implemented 24+Advanced Learning Loans on retention of adult Access to Higher Education students?

Burns, Jane Marie and Slack, Kim (2015) What are the consequences of the newly implemented 24+Advanced Learning Loans on retention of adult Access to Higher Education students? Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 20 (3). pp. 344-356. ISSN 1359-6748

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This article discusses the previous literature on student retention in the postcompulsory
education sector and the ‘24+Advanced Learning Loan’. Adult
students participating in an Access to Higher Education course are at particularly
high risk of non-completion. Literature indicates that whilst stakeholders may
require factual statistics regarding education, the reasons for student withdrawal
are often multiple and complex, hence this research was conducted via a mixedmethods
approach. This study took place at a large inner-city college of further
education in Staffordshire, England. A full population sample of the college’s
existing data was analysed, tutors participated in short, informal, unstructured
one-to-one interviews, the author produced fieldnotes relating to retention and 12
adult students from the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Health
self-selected to participate in short semi-structured interviews about student retention.
Data showed that students aged 24 years and over were already less likely
to withdraw from their course prior to the introduction of the 24+Advanced
Learning Loan, and that the introduction of the loan had little impact on this data.
Interview transcripts and fieldnotes indicated mixed opinions amongst students
regarding the 24+Loan, that the application process had been overly complex and
that the introduction of loans had produced an increased divide between older
and younger students. Recommendations for students, college staff, managers
and policy writers are discussed in light of the findings of this study.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Education
Depositing User: Kim SLACK
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 09:13
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2017 01:38
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2798

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