'This is our campus!' - student perspectives of their 1st year experience at a new university campus

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Todd, Nick and Ballantyne, Julie. 2007. "'This is our campus!' - student perspectives of their 1st year experience at a new university campus." Kift, Sally (ed.) 10th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2007). Brisbane, Australia 04 - 06 Jul 2007 Brisbane, Australia.
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'This is our campus!' - student perspectives of their 1st year experience at a new university campus

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsTodd, Nick (Author) and Ballantyne, Julie (Author)
EditorsKift, Sally
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 10th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2007)
Number of Pages9
Year2007
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISBN1741071917
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.fyhe.qut.edu.au/past_papers/papers07/final_papers/pdfs/3e.pdf
Conference/Event10th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2007)
Event Details
10th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2007)
Parent
Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE)
Delivery
In person
Event Date
04 to end of 06 Jul 2007
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

This study examines students’ first-year perspectives as undergraduates at Australia’s newest satellite campus. Those early experiences appear influential in securing successful transition (McInnis, James, & Hartley, 2000). This study sought to allow staff to better understand the inaugural cohort and strategically respond to their specific needs. The cohort sampled included several emerging demographic subgroups that researchers have recently requested be more fully investigated (Krause, Hartley, James, & McInnis, 2005). This paper details the findings of focus group interviews with members of those subgroups, and follows an earlier online survey of all first-year students. Findings reveal students thematically conceptualising their experiences in terms of commitment to their studies, a desire to engage in dialogue, and an 'us versus them' competitiveness. Mature age learners detailed their significant sacrifices made when undertaking university studies and the possibility of this factor being a variable influencing persistence and attrition is raised.

Keywordsfirst year experience, USQ Springfield, mature age students
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390303. Higher education
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Australian Catholic University
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