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Supporting student progression from college to university honours . Claire Gray & Julie Swain – Academic Partnerships, Plymouth University. Context. Sub degree provision – Foundation Degree Target of 100,000 learners (2000 – 2010) Confirmed Progression route at Approval

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claire gray julie swain academic partnerships plymouth university

Supporting student progression from college to university honours

Claire Gray & Julie Swain – Academic Partnerships, Plymouth University

context
Context
  • Sub degree provision – Foundation Degree
  • Target of 100,000 learners (2000 – 2010)
  • Confirmed Progression route at Approval
  • Local context approx: 1000 students per year
transition
Transition
  • Change in physical / cultural environment
  • Change in pedagogy
  • Adjustment can be very ‘stressful/daunting’
project aims
Project Aims
  • Research and support current practice of progression
  • To identify and target support needs of students progression to support a positive transition process
  • Pre-induction strategies / integration with the university – including the development of tools and networks to suit user needs
  • To offer a supported learning journey through appropriate social and academic engagement opportunities which will support and aid retention.
objectives
Objectives
  • Work collaboratively with the students to address and identify the challenges (pre and post transition)
  • To work with student ambassadors to identify ‘What they wished they had known’
  • To develop e-resources to support the process for both staff and students
methods 18 month data collection
Methods – 18 month data collection
  • Short open questionnaire (prior to focus group)
  • Focus groups in college – variety of subject areas
  • Semi structured interviews with staff
  • Focus groups once ‘topped up’ from sub-degree – mixed subject groups
student decision making
Student decision making
  • Qualification and achievement i.e. gaining an Honours degree
  • Financial considerations, particularly tuition fees
  • Academic factors i.e. course content, academic satisfaction, subject interest, new options for study etc.
main concerns
Main concerns
  • Practical arrangements particularly around logistical issues such as sorting out travel and accommodation, as well as general financial concerns
  • Academic performance including issues around learning support and safely moving through progression
  • Personal matters, with concerns expressed about achieving an appropriate work-life balance, effects on (or of) relationships, and health and well-being issues
  • No fears or concerns!
f indings
Findings
  • Importance of support within college – established link to development of identity
  • Challenge of developing a university awareness and identity – from campus navigation to subject specific ie: handing in coursework / fieldtrips – development of community
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Findings

Importance of support within college – well Students would like access to:

  • One central hub
  • Timely information – to assist with preparation
  • Easily accessible signposted resources Programme handbook specific information
  • Easy to navigate - under one link
  • Sent out via email university / college
  • Both generic and subject based information
progression tool
Progression Tool
  • Importance www.studywithplymouth.ac.uk/progression

A Central hub - Signposting

raising awareness
Raising Awareness
  • Student Checklist
  • Direct entrant progression guide
  • Staff Booklet – Progression 2 Plymouth (P2P)