Between Preconceptions and Reality. Perception of Higher Education for Polish Youth.
High student attrition is another problem of the Polish higher education system. Poland has one of the highest rates of premature departure among OECD countries, which makes the system inefficient for students and higher education institutions. Moreover, it poses unnecessary burden on the public purse as higher education in Poland is in large extent publicly funded. Research suggests that student attrition can be partly attributed to a wrong choice of studies.
Any policy aiming at improving the prospective student’s decision making requires a good understanding of it. That was the goal of several mixed-methods research projects conducted in the last few years, concentrating on such described decision processes of youth from upper secondary schools and students of University of Warsaw, problems associated with their motivation and generally their perception of higher education.