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Data Package stuma2020


German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
Sponsored by:
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Contributors:
Heublein, Ulrich;
Isleib, Sören;
Richter, Johanna;
König, Richard
Survey Design:
Survey Data Type:
Quantitative Data
Data available in:
Data Curation:
Schmidtchen, Henrike;
Weber, Anne
1.0.0 (published at Jul 1, 2021)

Data Package Description

The study "StuMa" deals with the causes of dropping out of a master's program and the further professional development after dropping out of a master's program. While there are some data available for undergraduate programs that allow an analysis of possible causes of dropout, there is no suitable database for master's programs. Due to the comparatively low dropout rates in master's programs, dropout in this phase of studies has not yet been perceived as a research topic in higher education research. StuMa is the first nationwide survey that is aimed exclusively at Master's students and generates a database to determine the study situation and the reasons for dropping out of Master's studies, as well as to analyze the professional fate of those who have dropped out. To realize the study, an online survey was conducted with de-registered students (with and without a degree) from master's programs at German state universities in the winter semester 2018/19 and the summer semester 2019.

Documents related to this Data Package

Data Package

Title Description Document Language DOI File
Daten- und Methodenbericht zur DZHW-Befragung StuMa 2020  Data and method report on the DZHW survey StuMa 2020  German link_off stuma2020_MethodReport_de.pdf
Übersicht zur DZHW-Befragung StuMa 2020  Data Package Overview  German link_off stuma2020_Overview_de.pdf
Overview of the DZHW Survey StuMa 2020  Data Package Overview  English link_off stuma2020_Overview_en.pdf
Release Notes for DZHW Survey StuMa 2020  changelog  English link_off


Type Description Document Language DOI File
Questionnaire  applied survey instrument  German  link_off stuma2020_Questionnaire_de.pdf
Variable Questionnaire  mapping of questions of the survey instrument and variables of the data set  German  link_off stuma2020_VariableQuestionnaire_de.pdf
Question Flow  vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of the sur­vey pro­ce­dures con­trolled by fil­ter ques­tions  German  link_off stuma2020_QuestionFlow_de.pdf
Other  Coding list for countries (according to Destatis), aggregated countries (according to NEPS) and world regions (according to Destatis)  German  link_off cl-dzhw-47.xls

Data Sets

Title Description Document Language DOI File
Datensatzreport: Personendatensatz StuMa 2020  Codebook/Variable Report/Dataset Report of "Individual Data StuMa 2020"  German link_off dsreport-stuma2020-ds1.pdf

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Quantitative Data, Standardised online survey 
Population: Exmatriculates (with and without degree) from master's degree programs at German state universities in the winter semester 2018/19 and summer semester 2019 
Sampling Procedure: Non-probability Sample: Purposive Sample 
Field Period: Jan 6, 2020 - Apr 10, 2020
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