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University Leavers Survey

In 2014/2015, the University of Cologne participates in the large scale survey “expectations and reality of attending university” conducted by the German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW). All students who left our university in summer semester 2014 have been invited to take part in the nationwide online-survey.

At the University of Cologne, this project is carried out to enhance our knowledge of students’ individual study pathways and decisions, changes of degree programme, changes of higher education institution, as well as alternative career paths – in general and specific to our university.

We will first conduct a comprehensive international literature review to provide an overview of the current state of research on these topics. We will then analyse the university-specific data from the survey. Based on the literature review and on the results of the data analysis, we will develop recommendations for action to avoid drop out from university without individual alternatives and to improve advisory services regarding decisions related to the individual course of studies.