McCoy, Selina and Byrne, Delma
Non Progression Among Higher
Education New Entrants:
A Multivariate Analysis.
In: HEA Study of Progression in Irish Higher Education 2010, 28th October, 2010.
Ireland has been remarkably successful in pursuing its
ambitious goals ‘to widen participation and increase student
and graduate numbers’ in higher education in order to position
itself within the front rank of OECD countries. Participation
in higher education in Ireland has risen steadily over recent
decades and this is clearly reflected in the % age of the Irish
population that has attained higher education qualifications.
At present, one-third of the Irish adult population (aged 25–
64 years) has a higher education qualification—12% at NFQ
levels 6 or 7 and 22% at NFQ level 8 or above.2 The expansion
of opportunities for higher education in Ireland is reflected
best in the attainment levels of young adults (aged 25–34
years), 45% of whom have now acquired a higher education
qualification.3 The proportion of 18 year olds entering higher
education is approaching two thirds. From a position of
relative weakness in terms of the educational attainment of
the population a few decades ago, Ireland now ranks highly
internationally in terms of attainment in higher education.
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