What works to improve student success: the effects of academic dismissal policies, student grants and institutional mergers on student outcomes

Eline Sneyers

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Student success is a complex concept which is related to both the academic achievement and psychological experience of students. This dissertation contributes to the current knowledge on student success. It is concluded that an academic dismissal policy leads more first year students to dropout. Such policy increases graduation one year after the nominal study time, while student satisfaction decreases. This dissertation furthermore shows that need-based grants lead to more student enrolment, retention and graduation. Grants also have a heterogeneous impact on student populations. Finally, the results indicate that a merger between higher vocational campuses increases first-year student retention.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Maasen van den Brink, H., Supervisor, External person
  • Groot, Wim, Supervisor
  • de Witte, Kristof, Supervisor
Award date13 Dec 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789400301344
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • student success
  • dismissal policy
  • need-based grant
  • student retention

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