Dropout and Completion in Higher Education in Europe21 sep 2016
In the Europe 2020 strategy, one of the goals is to have at least 40% of 30-34–yearolds complete higher education. Reducing dropout and increasing completion rates in higher education is one of the key strategies for achieving this goal, which is regarded as crucial for creating the high-level skills that Europe’s knowledge-intensive economic sectors need as well as for Europe’s capacity to innovate and foster productivity and social justice. Related to this challenge, this report addresses a comparative study on higher education dropout and completion in Europe (HEDOCE). It is based on an extensive review of literature and policy documents on study success in higher education, a Europe-wide survey of national higher education experts and eight indepth country case studies. The main aims of the study are 1) to make an inventory of policies and developments in study success in 35 European countries; and 2) to explore the available evidence of the effectiveness of policies and good practices in addressing study success on the country-level as well as the institutional level.