A new survey shows that many students are thinking about leaving their schools. At the same time, lots of students feel hopeful about what’s coming next.
Nearly 1-in-3 students (30%) have considered dropping out of their post-secondary program because of money, and 40 percent have considered graduating early because of money. Half (50%) also feel they cannot switch programs because of how much it costs.
Canadian Student Wellbeing Study, conducted independently by Angus Reid and commissioned by education company Studiosity, recently looked into Canadian post-secondary students’ current stress levels, ideas about dropping out, and future outlooks.
More Canadian Students are Considering Dropping out
1. Economic Factors
Economic challenges are a primary factor driving students to leave university prematurely. The increasing tuition, living expenses, and student loans are often too heavy for many students..
2. Academic Challenges
University curriculums can be demanding, and some students struggle to adapt to the academic rigour.. This struggle, often compounded by inadequate support, can lead to discouragement and dropout.
3. Mental Health Concerns
4. Lack of Preparation
Students often find themselves unprepared for the demands of university life, both academically and socially. This gap in preparedness can lead to poor performance and a feeling of disconnection from the university community.
5. Work and Family Commitments
Balancing work and family responsibilities with academic requirements can be overwhelming. This balancing act is particularly challenging for mature students or those with significant external obligations.
6. Misalignment of Goals and Programs
Sometimes, students enroll in programs that do not align with their interests or career goals. This misalignment can lead to a lack of engagement and motivation to continue.
7. Educational Policy and Institutional Factors
The policies and practices of educational institutions can influence dropout rates. Lack of flexibility in course offerings, insufficient academic support, and an unwelcoming campus culture can contribute to student attrition.
8. Technological Challenges
With the increasing shift towards online learning, students who lack reliable access to technology and the internet are at a disadvantage, potentially leading to dropout.
9. Social and Cultural Factors
Social isolation, discrimination, or difficulty in integrating into the university culture can be significant barriers for some students, particularly those from marginalized communities.
10. Changing Career Landscapes
The evolving job market and the perception that a university degree may not guarantee employment can influence students’ decisions to leave university prematurely.
Addressing the rising dropout rate in Canadian universities requires a multifaceted approach. It involves understanding and mitigating the diverse challenges students face. Through targeted interventions, policy changes, and support systems, creating a more inclusive and supportive educational environment that encourages students to complete their university education is possible.