Parents’ education is significant
About 66 per cent of students who entered higher education in 2008 completed a degree within eight years. Completion rates differ depending on the level of parents’ education.
- Full set of figures
- Completion rates of students in higher education
The higher the education that one of the parents has, the more likely it is that a student will complete a degree within eight years.
Figure 1. New entrants to higher education in 2008¹, by parents educational level and awarded qualification after 8 years
|Higher education, long||Higher education, short||Upper secondary education||Primary and lower secondary education|
|Tertiary graduates from programs longer than 4 years||46.7||29.8||14.3||7.6|
|Tertiary graduates from 2-4 year programs||30.9||45.2||47.5||38.5|
|No awarded qualification||22.2||25.0||38.2||53.8|
Of the new students in 2008 whose parents had a long tertiary education, 73 per cent had earned a degree after eight years. By comparison, the corresponding share for students whose parents had only a lower secondary education was 46 per cent.
The impact of parents’ level of education is more significant among students on degree programmes lasting more than four years. Forty-seven per cent of students whose parents had a long tertiary education completed a degree from programmes longer than four years. The corresponding figure for students whose parents had lower secondary education was 8 per cent.
Twenty-five per cent of all new students in 2008 completed a degree of more than four years by 2016.