Retention and drop – out in higher education is an under-researched area in Europe. We believe that this project will fill an important gap in the research field. In recent years policy concern at national and European levels has focused largely on access. However, widening access policies for non-traditional groups (younger and adults) to higher education are not going to succeed unless the learning experience is a positive one.
Higher education institutions need to change to meet the needs of such groups to avoid failure and non-completion, otherwise issues of equity will not be addressed and this research will identify strategies for such changes. Access is now well established in some European countries but the accessibility of knowledge both through appropriate pedagogies and 'adult friendly' supports including accessibility of library and other resources is less so.
Key objectives of the RANLHE project.