We examine persistence and success using a rich administrative data set that links information on individual students at four Ontario universities with information on the high school performance of individual students, the high school that the student attended, and the neighbourhood in which the student grew up. These data sets provide many relevant factors, a large number of observations, and the actual measures (not self-reports) of such academic outcomes as grade averages, credits and degrees completed.
Dooley, Martin M.; Payne, A. Abigail; and Robb, A. Leslie
"Policy Brief No. 4 - What Determines Success in University,"
Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Research/Policy Brief: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/pclc_rpb/vol1/iss2/3