Building pathways to higher education success: a longitudinal case study

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McIntyre, Jennifer and Todd, Nick. 2012. "Building pathways to higher education success: a longitudinal case study." Mortimer, Rachel (ed.) 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2012) . Brisbane, Australia 26 - 29 Jun 2012 Brisbane, Australia.
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Building pathways to higher education success: a longitudinal case study

Presentation TypePoster
AuthorsMcIntyre, Jennifer (Author) and Todd, Nick (Author)
EditorsMortimer, Rachel
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2012)
Number of Pages2
Year2012
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISBN9781921897399
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://fyhe.com.au/past_papers/papers12/FYHE%20Proceedings.pdf
Conference/Event15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2012)
Event Details
15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2012)
Parent
International First Year in Higher Education Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
26 to end of 29 Jun 2012
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

The transition to university life has long been a poorly supported and problematic process. Strategic emphasis is traditionally placed upon academic needs but rarely focuses upon enabling networking and social connection within the university context. As a consequence the process is not fully integrated towards meeting the complete needs of incoming students. Many students take an extended period to adjust to their new life as a university student, while a significant percentage drop out at some point of their first year. The University of Southern Queensland's Springfield campus actively supports the initial and holistic transitioning of their domestic and international students through the Building Pathways Bridging program.
The Program was established in 2007 in response to student requests and was developed to actively target those students that the campus collectively deemed to be 'at risk'. This initiative responded to an enhanced understanding of the campus' unique cohort following the first year of operation and initial research into the Springfield student profile.
The Building Pathways program follows a structured program of ten modules that transition students through a cultural introduction to university life and fosters cross-faculty networking with peers and staff. The sessions are deliberately developmental, they aim to demystify university life, boost confidence and build familiarity as well as introduce new students to a broad suite of academic skills. Whilst short term (first semester) results have been shared in past publications the longitudinal study analyses data from the first two cohorts of students at the completion of degree stage (four years). Early program findings from the longitudinal data gathered from 2007-2011 will be shared. Results indicate the program has a notable impact upon the Higher Education Learning Experience and individual student results: retention statistics have improved, another 28% and student completion rates show an additional improvement of 12% across the Pathways groups.
Given the global focus on wider participation and retention, the Building Pathways program provides a model that could well be trialled internationally across the Higher Education sector.

Keywordshigher education; first year student; retention; resilience; success; bridging program support
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390303. Higher education
390404. Educational counselling
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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