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Start Smart : QUT’s trial support program for commencing undergraduate students who have not completed year 12 in the past two years

Bennett, Joanna & Medew, Karin (2012) Start Smart : QUT’s trial support program for commencing undergraduate students who have not completed year 12 in the past two years. In 15th International FYHE Conference 2012, 26-29 June 2012, Sofitel, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

Commencing students in undergraduate degrees who identify as mature age students experience particular issues when faced with enrolment into university as an adult learner (Bird & Morgan, 2003). In line with QUT’s commitment to “supporting all commencing students to adjust successfully to study at QUT by providing a strong transition experience” (QUT, 2008, 6.2.1), the Start Smart trial program was developed and implemented for Semester 1, 2012. The Start Smart trial program consists of an orientation event, wrapped around and supported by existing First Year Experience (FYE) and Retention strategies within QUT, namely the Student Success Program (SSP) and the Peer Programs Strategy (PPS). This report examines the motivations for designing a program as a response to the needs of a cohort that are unique amongst all commencing undergraduate students. Participants will be asked to consider the implications of delivering special and unique orientation events to specific cohorts, and the long term sustainability of such programs within their own university structures.

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ID Code: 53092
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: First Year Experience, Transitions, Retention, Orientation , Mature Age Students , Student Success Program, Start Smart, 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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2012 08:45
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2014 10:33

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