Enhancing student success and retention: An institution-wide strategy for peer programs

Menzies, Victoria Jane & Nelson, Karen J. (2012) Enhancing student success and retention: An institution-wide strategy for peer programs. In 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference : New Horizons, 26-29 June 2012, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane, Qld.


Higher Education's widening participation agenda prioritises improving access to university for low-SES students. Parallel with these ambitious national participation targets, is the challenge for universities to significantly improve student retention rates; hence, the need to implement strategies aimed to improve the quality of the student learning experience and build a 'sense of belonging'. Within the framework of the First Year Experience Program, Queensland University of Technology has embarked on establishing a whole-of-institution model for peer programs that aims to: 1) improve the student learning experience and outcomes; and, 2) establish quality assured and sustainable programs. This paper reports on the maturation university-wide peer program strategy and considers the challenges of implementing, evaluating and resourcing a sustainable and inclusive approach to peer programs.

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ID Code: 50825
Item Type: Conference Item (Keynote)
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: peer learning, inclusivity, participation, sense of belonging, student identity, HERN
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) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2012 22:35
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 18:20

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