Early departure from a tertiary bridging program: what can the institution do?

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Whannell, Robert, Whannell, Patricia and Bedford, Tasman. 2013. "Early departure from a tertiary bridging program: what can the institution do?" Maurice-Takerei, Lisa (ed.) 1st Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference 2012 (FABENZ 2012): Create and Collaborate. Auckland, New Zealand 03 - 04 Dec 2012 Wellington, New Zealand.
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Early departure from a tertiary bridging program: what can the institution do?

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsWhannell, Robert (Author), Whannell, Patricia (Author) and Bedford, Tasman (Author)
EditorsMaurice-Takerei, Lisa
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 1st Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference (FABENZ 2012)
ERA Conference ID50412
Number of Pages14
Year2013
Place of PublicationWellington, New Zealand
ISBN9781927202586
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-aotearoa/events/fabenz-2012
Conference/Event1st Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference 2012 (FABENZ 2012): Create and Collaborate
Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand
Event Details
1st Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference 2012 (FABENZ 2012): Create and Collaborate
Event Date
03 to end of 04 Dec 2012
Event Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Event Details
Foundation & Bridging Educators New Zealand
FABENZ
Abstract

This study examined the early departure of students between the ages of 18 and 25 years from an on-campus tertiary bridging program at a regional university. Participants comprised twenty students who had dropped out of the program within the first four weeks of study. Data were collected by semi-structured interviews which examined the student experience and the reasons for departure. It was concluded that participants comprised of two general groups: those who have no clearly defined long term career goal prompting their attendance at university with an associated low level of commitment to university study, and those who were committed to completing a university degree, but whose circumstances changed which prevented them from continuing. Participants indicated that attendance in the bridging program was a generally positive experience and that there was little that could have been done to prevent their departure. It was concluded that a certain level of early departure was inevitable in the tertiary bridging program. Where intervention was attempted, it should be addressed towards the development of long term employment and career goals for which university study was an essential pre-requisite.

Keywordstertiary bridging; attrition
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390303. Higher education
390499. Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsOpen Access College
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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