In a higher education environment of unprecedented change, student retention has become a major concern for Australian universities. This paper charts the road followed by one Australian university in its quest to increase student retention and improve the success rates of its students. Initiated as a pilot project in 2008, the retention programme has now been embedded in university practice. Although the basic features remain the same, some aspects have been changed in response to continuing analysis of the data derived from the programme, and to accommodate changes in university policy. Using a range of programme data, the paper focuses on the factors that contribute to academic failure at this university, highlighting the need to enhance student engagement and lower the institutional barriers encountered by students on the road to success at university.
|Title of host publication||Student success and retention : Sharing and evaluating best practice : Proceedings of the 2010 Annual International Conference of the Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Aotearoa/New Zealand (ATLAANZ)|
|Editors||Julie Batchelor, Lis Roche|
|Place of Publication||Auckland|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
Lear, E., & Prentice, S. (2011). On the road to success : towards retention best practice. In J. Batchelor, & L. Roche (Eds.), Student success and retention : Sharing and evaluating best practice : Proceedings of the 2010 Annual International Conference of the Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Aotearoa/New Zealand (ATLAANZ) (Vol. 6, pp. 24-36). ATLAANZ. https://sites.google.com/site/atlaanztwo/research-and-publications/conference-proceedings/2010-christchurch/Lear%20%26%20Prentice.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1