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Irish student progression rates match international norms

The progression of students through Irish higher education compares favourably with international norms but remains a source of concern, Tom Boland, the head of the country’s Higher Education Authority, has said.

The comments came on 12 January as the authority released a report on student progression through higher education institutions. This fourth report in a series looked in particular at progression from first year of study in 2012-13 to second year in 2013-14.

These students achieved a progression rate of 84 per cent, and the report says this figure has remained relatively stable since 2007-8. Progression rates varied widely from a low of 26 per cent for courses that deliver a cert or diploma to 11 per cent in university degree courses.

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