Dropout: Demographic Profile of Brazilian University Students

Luciane Bonaldo, Luis Nobre Pereira

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This study analyses dropout in higher education, a worldwide problem seen in the literature of developed and developing countries. The aim of the study is to explain dropout in Brazil’s private higher education. Dropout is defined as the interruption of studies by students in higher education enrolled for any length of time, regardless of university change before its conclusion. This research uses data from students, which are the main population in higher education. Thus, the research is based on a survey questionnaire conducted to a higher education student population. These students can be divided in two categories to be
compared: the regular private higher education students and the college students who have stopped their studies. The empirical study begins by a characterization of the respondents, followed by a logistical regression in order to identify the determinants of dropout. Age, change of marital status during the course, having scholarship and asking for funding were considered as
determinants of dropout. Results of this research give contribution to young students, the society, the government, private higher education institutions and indirectly to the companies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2nd International Conference on Higher Education Advances ,HEAd'16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
EventInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 21 Jun 201623 Jun 2016
Conference number: 2nd

Publication series

NameSocial and Behavioral Sciences
ISSN (Print)1877-0428


ConferenceInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances
Abbreviated titleHEAd 16


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