Discontinuation among University Students in Southern Thailand

  •  Ruthaychonnee Sittichai    
  •  Phattrawan Tongkumchum    
  •  Nittaya McNeil    


This study uses a statistical model to account for the pattern of discontinuation of university study at Pattani campus of Prince of Songkla University (PSU) in southern Thailand. University records for 11,408 bachelor degree students enrolled between 1999 and 2006 were used. Discontinuation rates were analyzed by using a logistic regression model to determine the joint effects of year of admission, duration of study, faculty, and religion-gender group on discontinuation. The annual average discontinuation rate over the eight year period was 5.3%. The students discontinued most in their first or second year of study. These rates were substantially higher for students entering after 2003, possibly due to demographic changes in the intake.

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