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Enhancing the First Year Experience. Clare Carter University of Ulster. Widening Participation. UU committed to widening participation HEFCE benchmark is 28% participation from social classes IIIM, IV and V (1999-2000 intake) UU rate was 39% Students must also be retained and progress

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Enhancing the first year experience

Enhancing the First Year Experience

Clare Carter

University of Ulster


Widening participation

Widening Participation

  • UU committed to widening participation

  • HEFCE benchmark is 28% participation from social classes IIIM, IV and V (1999-2000 intake)

  • UU rate was 39%

  • Students must also be retained and progress

  • One initiative is Step-Up programme


Uu retention

UU retention

  • Benchmark for 1999-2000 entry was 10%, 8% for young entrants and 15% for mature entrants

  • Actual rate that year was 11%, 10% for young entrants and 13% for mature entrants


Reasons given for withdrawal

Reasons given for withdrawal


Uu project

UU project

  • Collate good practice within the university

  • Collect information on aspects of 1st year experience

  • Collect information on first year student opinion

  • Collect good practice from elsewhere

  • Construct programme relating good practice to identified student needs

  • Pilot and evaluate in year 2

  • Finalise and disseminate


Initiatives already on going in some faculties

Initiatives already on-going in some faculties

  • Review of Induction

  • Review of first year curriculum

  • Enhancing role of studies advisor

  • Enhancing subject support

  • Enhancing study skills support

  • Monitoring of attendance with follow-up


What happens to first year students

What happens to first year students

  • Collection of information relating to:

    • pre-entry provision of information to prospective and incoming students

    • induction

    • curriculum

    • studies support

    • assessment


Student characteristics

Student Characteristics

  • Most students are from Ireland?

  • Working part-time?

  • Many are first in family to go into higher education?

  • Many are not confident about their study skills when they come to university?

  • Evidence is needed


Student diversity

Student diversity

  • We know:

    • how many; ages; qualifications; ethnicity; disability;

  • We don’t know:

    • family experience of HE; extent of outside employment; incoming student expectations about study in HE;


Questionnaires

Questionnaires

  • On entry

  • Later first semester

  • Withdrawing students


Outcomes

Outcomes

  • Profile of first year students

    • Expectations of university

    • family experience of HE

    • accommodation

    • employment

    • travel times

  • Do students withdrawing show particular risk factors?


Outcomes 2

Outcomes (2)

  • Handbook of recommendations of good practice for enhancing retention

  • Piloting of recommendations next year

  • Roll-out across University 2005-06


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