Identifying the Factors Responsible for Attrition in Technical based Programmes in Nigeria

N.J. Peter, C.A. Ayedun and C.O. Iroham

This study is an improvement to an earlier study which was a review of the factors responsible for attrition in estate management programme. The previous study focused on non-traditional students and attempted at proposing a conceptual framework of the factors identified from literature. This current study tested the factors to determine which of the factors actually contributes to attrition among estate management students. Quantitative research methods was adopted in achieving the set aim of the study. Questionnaire was administered to undergraduate students of estate management programme in Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria with a view to gather their perception of the causes of student drop out (attrition) in higher institution. The method of analysis employed include: frequency distribution tables, mean score ranking and multiple regression analysis. The four categories of factors that were relevant to undergraduate attrition in estate management programme and tested were categorized as: situational, institutional, dispositional and academic factors. The result showed that situational factors such as health challenges, disability both of the mind and the body, lack of support from family and friends, and the fear of disrupting their social network were found to be significant to attrition in estate management undergraduate programme. The study recommended that the professional bodies and the institutions offering estate management programme must devise a means of making the programme more attractive so as to attract higher enrolment rate, particularly, having student who will be willingly to subscribe to Estate Management programme as their first choice giving it all that is needed to excel and build a career in Estate Surveying and Valuation profession.

Volume 11 | 08-Special Issue

Pages: 948-959