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Enhancing the transition of commencing students into university : an institution-wide approach

Nelson, Karen J., Smith, Judith E., & Clarke, John A. (2012) Enhancing the transition of commencing students into university : an institution-wide approach. Higher Education Research and Development, 31(2), pp. 185-199.

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Abstract

The importance of the first year experience (FYE) to success at university is well documented and supported with the transition into university regarded as crucial. While there is also support for the notion that a successful FYE should have a whole-of-institution focus and models have been proposed, many institutions still face challenges in achieving institution-wide FYE program implementation. This paper discusses the origins, theoretical and empirical bases and structure of an institution-wide approach to the FYE. It uses a case study of the Transitions In Project (TIP) at the Queensland University of Technology to illustrate how institution-wide FYE program implementation can be achieved and sustained. TIP had four inter-related projects focussing on at-risk students, first year curriculum, learning resources and staff development. The key aim of TIP was to identify good practice and institutionalise it in a sustainable way. The degree of success in achieving this is evaluated.

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ID Code: 39690
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Taylor & Francis iFirst Publication
Keywords: retention, engagement, first year experience, transition, good practice, HERN, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2011.556108
ISSN: 0729-4360
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 HERDSA
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Higher Education Research and Development [Volume 31, Issue 2, (April 2012)] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07294360.2011.556108
Deposited On: 27 Jan 2011 09:22
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013 11:21

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