Sorting - Connecting - Supporting - Transforming - SRP Introduction Student Retention & Progression: The Experience of the Student Retention Project Veronique Johnston Teaching Fellow, Napier University, Edinburgh November 2003 www.napier.ac.uk/qes/studentretentionproject/SRPhome.asp
Aims of the SRP • Research student success • Translate research outcomes into action • Promote integrated and collaborative solutions • Stimulate cultural change • Act as a resource and source of expertise
Retention Improvements 1st Year Outcomes - based on all students enrolled
And so……... ….. what have we done?
Retention Strategies Transforming the Institution Transforming the Student Connecting Supporting Sorting Beatty-Guenter Model
Sorting Programme Match Centralised Clearing Early Transfers Common 1st Years ‘At Risk’ Groups Diagnostic test ‘Go Higher’ Skills Development Bridging Courses Subject Enhancement Retention Strategies Sorting/Supporting Supporting • Financial • Awareness Roadshows • Publications • Employment • Student Care • Disability Network • ‘One Stop’ Childcare • Miscellaneous • Stress Management • Bus subsidy
Connecting Meeting & Greeting Student Guides Induction Co-ordinating Committee Tailored Events Enrolment Improvements Ongoing Student Diaries What am I…..? Retention Strategies Transforming Students • Employability • Integrated Framework • Community volunteering • Careers Guidance • Skills Development • Drop in classes • Structured Revision • Peer mentoring
Transforming the Institution Retention Strategies • Wider Access • Keeping on Track • Advisory Group • Faculty Posts • Staff Development • Teaching Fellowships • PGC T&L in HE • Course Leader Remits • Tailored Development • LT&A • Integrated Strategy • Curriculum Review • Assessment Review • Retention Focus • SRP • Cohort Analysis • PI Publication • Programme Review
And so……... ….. what have we learnt?
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