The first year experience: perceptions of students at a new campus

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Ballantyne, Julie, Todd, Nick and Olm, Tammie. 2007. "The first year experience: perceptions of students at a new campus ." 30th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference (HERDSA 2007). Adelaide, South Australia 08 - 11 Jul 2007 Sydney, Australia.
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The first year experience: perceptions of students at a new campus

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsBallantyne, Julie (Author), Todd, Nick (Author) and Olm, Tammie (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 30th HERDSA Annual Conference: Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship (HERDSA 2007)
Number of Pages13
Year2007
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISBN090855771X
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.herdsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/conference/2007/papers/p193.pdf
Conference/Event30th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference (HERDSA 2007)
Event Details
30th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference (HERDSA 2007)
Parent
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
08 to end of 11 Jul 2007
Event Location
Adelaide, South Australia
Abstract

This study was conducted in a bid to better understand the student cohort at the new campus of the University of Southern Queensland. The project was designed to follow on from the findings of a recent nation-wide review of first year students conducted by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne (Krause, Hartley, James, & McInnis, 2005). Studies focusing on the experiences and perceptions of vulnerable student cohorts provide valuable information to academic and support staff at universities and enable institutions to better meet student needs. The cohort in this context differed in several respects from those of previous studies, specifically in terms of the much greater proportion of students who were of a low to middle socio-economic status, as well as a larger proportion of mature-age students. The findings are relevant in terms of providing meaningful student experiences, assisting students to connect theoretical frameworks with their home experiences, engaging students, developing innovative teaching and learning practices within this context and improving students’ perceptions of quality assurance. The demographics of the current sample indicate a cohort of students in previously marginalised groups and as such the current research constitutes a unique contribution to the investigation of first year experiences.

Keywordsfirst-year experience; new campus; student perceptions
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390303. Higher education
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
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