Some college ‘is better than none’, study suggests

By Jack Grove, Times Higher Ed

First transnational study of how university dropouts fare in the labour market suggests any exposure to higher education is better than none. Is it better to be a university dropout or to not have gone to college at all?While there are often very good reasons for leaving university early, many worry that having “some college, no degree” on their job application will result in their CV being moved to the bottom of the interview shortlist pile. Those university non-completers might wonder if they should have been advised to plunge straight into the job market rather than face a lifetime of explaining why they failed to graduate. However, university dropouts should not write off their time on campus because even a small amount of time in higher education is likely to improve a learner’s life chances, according to a study published in Higher Education Quarterly this month.

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