Australian Diploma Programme (DP) students consistently outperform non-DP students nationally on university outcomes


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A new study by researchers from the Australian Council for Educational Research compares the university outcomes of students who completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) DP in Australia compared to non-DP students nationally.

Researchers used population-level data for all students who entered universities in Australia between 2013 and 2018. To address differences in DP and non-DP student characteristics, the researchers further examined outcomes by groups within the populations that are more alike, for example, by gender and socio-economic status (SES). 

The findings from the study demonstrate that DP students consistently and significantly outperform non-DP students in offers of university admission, persistence to the second year of study, and university completion rates. Positive post-secondary outcomes are evident across gender and SES, with DP students from low-SES backgrounds showing similar success to higher-SES peers. 

The Diploma Programme is a two-year assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe and considered a world-class preparation for university. The DP helps students to flourish intellectually and develops and nurtures broader skills, producing curious, confident, motivated and multilingual young people.   

Read more about the study.