The consequences of academic dismissal for academic success
Research output: Working paper › Professional
The empirical results show no significant differences in obtaining a degree or study duration between students around the academic dismissal threshold. Of the students who are observed below the academic dismissal threshold, 85.3 percent switch to the same (43.4%), or to an adjacent (41.9%) academic program. Hence, even though academic dismissal induces switching behavior, it does not prevent students from obtaining an academic degree, nor delay students.
These results indicate that AD policies force students out of their preferred university without realizing their intended purpose of redirecting students to a different field of study more aligned with their preferences/capabilities. By transfering a selective student subpopulation to the same -or adjacent- educational program, AD does not realize the intended efficiency or effectiveness gains. If anything, AD operates as a warning system that induces
students students to put in more effort after switching to still be academically successful.
- academic dismissal, higher education, educational attainment, student graduation