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Two in five students drop out of courses at LYIT – report

first_imgStudents at Letterkenny IT have some of the highest drop-out rates in Irish institutes, according to a new report.The Higher Education Authority has recorded that 39% of students who started at the institute in 2007/2008 did not finish programmes.LYIT had the best retention rate in the country for level 8 degrees (13% dropout), while areas of concern include the 42% of entrants to Level 6 courses who did not complete their programmes. Over 770 students enrolled at LYIT in the year of the study. From this cohort, 474 completed their programmes and 302 dropped out.This is the first time that completion rates have been studied across all HEA institutions and universities in Ireland. Computing and technology degrees were identified as having the highest dropout rates across the board.The HEA ranked LYIT’s Computing course among the 19 courses with the poorest completion rates in universities and ITs nationally. 48% of students who enrolled in this course failed to make it to graduation.LYIT President Paul Hannigan has welcomed today’s report. Speaking to Donegal Daily, he said completion rates are a complex issue. Mr Hannigan said: “This is a multi-variative issue that takes into consideration a lot of issues other than student points and abilities, you have to look at socio-economic background, etc.”Mr Hannigan said other HEA analysis shows that Letterkenny IT has one of the best retention rates of any institute or university in the country, when all aspects such as the background of students and points levels are considered. “From that perspective it’s saying the service we provide here in terms of staff engagement is very strong and that shows in student surveys,” he said.The lowest combined course completion rate – across all Irish colleges – was computing at 55%. The highest retention levels were in schools of education and health and welfare.Mr Hannigan said there is an obvious issue relating to retention in Computing.He said: “The main aspect is around students’ expectations around what the programme actually provides. Students come in initially to study computer programming and there’s a maths requirement around that. So maybe the expectations on the course didn’t fit what they actually expected.” Looking at the detailed field of study areas showed that hotel, restaurant and catering studies were found to have the lowest completion rate (53%) in Ireland. No specific data was provided for individual institutes.Regarding the low completion in catering, Mr Hannigan said the figures were surprising compared to student numbers at the Killybegs Campus of LYIT.“From our perspective, we have had really good progression through the courses at Killybegs and the employment rate at the end of them is nearly 100%,” he said.Mr Hannigan added: “The biggest thing why people don’t complete courses in LYIT from our own experience is that they are going to get a job somewhere, so that’s not a negative, that’s a positive. There’s a whole load of factors involved in this. If I had a solution to this issue, going back 30 years, I’d be a millionaire.” Mr Hannigan’s comments came prior to the official launch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors National Conference 2019, which will take place at LYIT this April.He said the major event will bring positive opportunities to the region.“We were delighted to be asked to host the event by the local IGC branch. We’re going to have possibly 400 guidance counsellors here, so it’s very important for us to show off the Institute, to show off the region and show our possibilities for further development,” Mr Hannigan said.Two in five students drop out of courses at LYIT – report was last modified: February 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:educationLYITlast_img read more

Columbus Catholic girls basketball blasts Granton

first_imgDons improve to 5-1By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic girls basketball team thoroughly dominated Granton on Thursday night, beating the Bulldogs 57-13 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division matchup at Columbus Catholic High School.The Dons led 28-5 at halftime and doubled their advantage in the second half.The Dons forced 31 turnovers and held Granton to 18 percent shooting (5 of 28).Kendra Baierl had 13 points, and Morgan Albrecht added nine points and five steals for Columbus (5-1, 3-0 Cloverbelt East).The Dons have a week off before returning to action Friday, Dec. 9, at Owen-Withee.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 57, Bulldogs 13Granton 5 8 – 13Columbus Catholic 28 29 – 57GRANTON (13): Alaina Strey 2-8 1-2 5, Cassidie Pontratz 1-2 0-0 2, Jaden Gardner 0-0 0-0 0, Makayla Kleiman 0-2 0-0 0, Rhiannon Reimer 1-5 0-0 2, Kayla Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Walfer 1-10 2-3 4. FG: 5-28. FT: 3-5. 3-pointers: 0-4 (Strey 0-1, Reimer 0-3). Rebounds: 18 (Walfer 6). Turnovers: 31. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: none. Record: 0-2 overall and Cloverbelt East.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (57): Taylor Tolppi 0-2 0-0 0, Annika Brown 0-2 0-2 0, Morgan Albrecht 4-8 0-0 9, Hailey Roehl 2-5 1-4 5, Baylie Neider 3-5 0-0 6, Maren Seefluth 0-2 2-2 2, Kendra Baierl 6-10 1-2 13, Addison Baierl 1-1 0-0 2, McKenzie Hansen 2-6 0-0 4, Katie Hall 1-2 1-2 3, Natalie Pospyhalla 0-6 1-2 1, Zoe Stratman 1-4 2-2 4, Marissa Immerfall 4-8 0-0 8. FG: 24-61. FT: 8-16. 3-pointers: 1-6 (Albrecht 1-1, Neider 0-2, Pospyhalla 0-3). Rebounds: 27 (Stratman 5). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-1, 3-0 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Social media means more than just business in Africa

first_imgThere are now 100 million active users of social media platforms like Facebook on the African continent. (Image credit: Ken Banks) • Middle class Africa: meet the new African consumer • Liberian entrepreneurs build South African networks • Thundafund makes crowd-funding rain in South Africa • MomConnect brings South Africa closer to meeting Millennium Development Goals • World-class tech hub planned for JoburgSulaiman PhilipThere is a reason you can access your Facebook account in Afrikaans, or Kiswahili, a language spoken across east and central Africa. There are 100 million active African users on the social network and that number is only going to go up. And Facebook, like other social media hubs, is going all out to win adherents.At the heart of the story of social media in Africa is the Arab Spring and how platforms like Twitter and Facebook were used to coordinate protests. In the year-long revolt spanning Arab Africa, the number of Facebook users doubled; in Egypt alone there were five million new users in the period leading to the fall of Hosni Mubarak. Protesters in Tahrir Square charge their cellphones at the height of the Arab Spring uprising. (Image credit: Ken Banks)Researchers believe that Twitter has 20 times as many active users, almost all of them young tech-savvy Africans. This has led companies doing business in Africa to turn to social media platforms to reach this next generation of consumers. Since 2011 the number of companies using social media has increased by at least 60 % according to UK-based market research company Econsultancy.While tech companies have built on this popularity for profit, Africans have been turning to social media for everything from keeping track of exes to delivering information on disease prevention. The power of social media has been harnessed in long-distance learning and the Kenyan government is using it to rebuild its ailing tourism industry.Kenya tourism reaching new audiencesSecurity concerns have damaged the east African country’s tourism industry. Now, it is turning to social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogs – to reach new audiences.Sandra Rwese, a director of Uganda-based tourism marketing agency Gulu and Hirst, says the approach is novel for an African country but it’s the future of marketing. Social media will allow Kenya to capture a generation of digitally aware consumers, who will be the next generation of tourists.“They are silent brand ambassadors who will play a crucial role in influencing family decisions. Social platforms have taken over more traditional promotional platforms. Its reach is wider and cheaper,” Rwese explained to the African News website.Social media in AfricaThe top three African countries in terms of Facebook use are Egypt (16.8 million), Nigeria (11 million) and South Africa (9.4 million). Most are male and under the age of 25. These countries are also among those with the infrastructure that will drive growth as more Africans access social media through handheld devices.The history of web-based social media in Africa goes back to 2005 and the establishment of the Nairaland online community in March of that year. The Reddit like community, aimed at Nigerians in Africa and the diaspora, is the most visited indigenous site and the seventh most-visited online site in Nigeria.Commerce lies at the heart of what is spurring the surge in social media use as businesses harness social media platforms’ popularity to boost their bottom lines. Early in 2014 Tanzanian mobile operator Tigo gave its subscribers free access to Facebook despite declining voice and messaging income.Their reasoning is simple says Mbwana Alliy, a partner at Nairobi-based Savannah Fund. “Data, value-added services and mobile money are the only sectors for revenue growth in Africa, and Facebook can assist on data… People share links and articles on Facebook, [and] when users click away they will be spending money for data access outside of Facebook.”Facebook’s 100 million users are most of the 167 million active internet users in Africa – mostly on mobile devices – but that is just 16 % of Africa’s population. That population has created a market worth $ 14-billion dollars; one estimate puts the value of that market at $300-billion by 2025.Researchers have found that the most desired technology product for Africans is a smartphone. These devices have more processing power than computers built in the 80s and will allow Africa access to the circulatory system of the knowledge economy without governments spending resources needed elsewhere on communications infrastructure.Facebook-funded research by Deloitte found that growing the number of people with access will change African societies and economies. Raising access across developing economies in North America, Africa and Asia to levels present in developed economies would raise 160 million people out of poverty by creating 140 million new jobs. Those new employees would be more productive and add $2.2-trillion in GDP gains to those economies.Economic benefits are one thing but, as Africa has already shown, the social benefits are just as important. Government ministries and non-governmental organisations have been disseminating information on nutrition, health and education, allowing Africans to live better fuller lives.last_img read more

Learn it, Live it Love it: The Independence Edition

first_imgLearn It: You participated in a recitation of the Declaration of Independence yesterday right? Right?! If not, and even if you did, why not give it one more read for good measure? Live It: I enjoyed this piece by Kay Coles James  as a helpful reminder of the institutions in place that allow America to continue it’s path toward achieving the ideals set forth in the Declaration, and why it’s more than ok to be proud of our country. AFF alum and former board member Brooke Obberwetter is hosting a Facebook fundraiser for her birthday to support Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. They are on the ground providing material support and comfort to those seeking asylum on our border. She’s raised over $13K so far with a goal to raise 50K. I’ve donated. Perhaps you’d like to as well?Love it:I’ll admit, this is older news, but I think the story of Idaho declaring a “regulatory reset” is worth celebrating every day of the week. Which states will be next?last_img read more

TFA CEO & Chairman’s Award

first_imgWyld is the State Manager at Touch Football South Australia, while Connolly is the State Council Executive Chairperson in Western Australia. The awards were presented by Touch Football Australia’s Chairman Michael Rush and Chief Executive Colm Maguire at a dinner following Saturday’s State Council Meeting. Maguire says that the awards were created to recognise the hard work of the volunteers and the staff at a state level . “Obviously they put a tonne of work into the organisation in a 12 month period and while on a lot of occasions, in particular with volunteers their work can go unheralded, but with staff it’s almost an expectation, so we wanted to make sure that we were giving something that recognised their efforts,” Maguire said. Connolly, who has been  involved in Touch Football for several years, was rewarded for the work he had put into the sport as a volunteer. He is still the president of South Districts Touch in Perth – which is one of the largest affiliates in Western Australia – as well as being a manager and a selector at a state and national level.  Rush and Matt Bamford (Regional Manager – West) are full of praise for the work that Connolly has done for the sport. “He’s done a lot especially in a difficult period, he put his hand up when the sport was going through a lot of change and hasn’t shied away from that position and is still there and is still very enthusiastic about continuing in the future,” Bamford said. “ Mike quoted about Ron’s ongoing commitment to the sport and the fact that he had had some major achievements against adversity this year, but also the fact that he’d basically been carrying the load by himself for a very long time and has been able to put together a council (in Western Australia),” Maguire said. Maguire said that the CEO award was to recognise staff members who embody the values and the culture that TFA are trying to bring to the sport.“Also recognising the journey in terms of going through hard times and good times and coming out the other end with positivity and I really made that positive aspect something that I wanted to capture, someone who had really put everything into it and is taking everything forward,” Maguire said. According to Maguire, Wyld was awarded the CEO’s award due to the ‘monumental year’ he has had. “He came into the organisation in late 2008, into an office that had a couple of subsequent changes and really had a massive task to do. From there he set about fixing it, he had his bumps along the way but has remained positive.“The quality of his work is outstanding, he runs everything in line with the national organisation’s processes, fits in in an absolutely unbelievable way, has gone to events and worked with us, he’s just a great character and I guess a future leader for the sport. So we wanted to recognise that we want him around as well,” Maguire said. TFA wishes to congratulate Tim and Ron on their respective awards.last_img read more