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Students face ‘increased risk’ of poor tertiary education choices

The risks of making poor higher education choices have increased over the past decade, leading to high numbers of student dropouts and lower graduate employment rates, a leading higher education policy analyst has said.

Andrew Norton, higher education programme director with independent Melbourne think tank the Grattan Institute, estimates that around 25 per cent of students who start a bachelors degree leave university without a qualification.

“In 2015, an Australian Bureau of Statistics survey estimated that 800,000 people had an incomplete bachelor degree. That number would now be approaching one million,” he says.

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