Ann Pegg and Terry Di Paolo, Investigating re-engagement and degree completion in higher education through credit transfer
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9 January 2012
Investigating re-engagement and degree completion in higher education through credit transfer
Dr Ann Pegg and Dr Terry Di Paolo
Higher education policy makers and practitioners have long been concerned with issues of retention and ‘drop out’, particularly in relation to efforts to widen the constituency of students accessing higher education in the UK. Policy makers have cited credit transfer as one mechanism for reducing wastage and drop-out and this paper explores this assumption in more detail, examining how credit transfer serves different constituencies of students. Whilst arrangements for credit transfer exist across the UK higher education sector little is known about credit transfer students or why they re-engage with study.
This paper presents a conceptual framework for considering credit transfer activity (Di Paolo & Pegg, forthcoming) that has emerged from a review of policy and literature and the findings of our research. Additionally, the paper reviews quantitative and qualitative findings of the research to illustrate differences in terms of the origins of their past credit, the quantity of past credit they transfer and the ways in which students describe their re-engagement with higher education in relation to their future plans and aspirations.