Conference Day One: Thursday 27th June 2019
8:30 am - 9:00 am Conference Registration and Arrival Coffee
9:00 am - 9:05 am Opening Remarks
9:10 am - 9:50 am OPENING KEYNOTE CASE STUDY: Exploring New Student Success Initiatives Developed at Victoria University That Enables Flexible Learning and Improved Student Retention and SuccessNaomi Dempsey - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), Victoria University
In this presentation, our keynote presenter Naomi Dempsey, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) at Victoria University (VU) explores how strategically focusing attention on the student experience across the entire student experience has led to some of their most successful retention initiatives.
- Exploring VU’s new Block Model of teaching and learning being delivered to undergraduate students, including an examination of first year data
- Exploring VU’s Success Planning program
- Future initiatives to further drive student retention and success for 2020 and beyond
Naomi DempseyPro Vice-Chancellor (Students)
9:50 am - 10:20 am Thought Leadership Session
10:20 am - 10:50 am Speed Networking
10:50 am - 11:20 am Morning Tea & Networking Break
11:20 am - 12:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring Innovative Methods of Measuring Retention Success that Reflects the Diversity of InstitutionsJane Skalicky - Director, Student Retention and Success, University of Tasmania
Chris Veraa - Director Student Experience, Central Queensland University
When the Higher Education Standards Panel released the ‘Improving Retention, Completion and Success in Higher Education’ report in 2017, included was attrition rates for Australian Universities. This panel discusses the variables that should be considered by institutions to better examine their retention achievements:
- Exploring the vast difference in educational institutions including provided course subjects, student demographics, channels of course delivery, and geography and how this affects student attrition
- Examining how to appropriately measure the success of student retention strategies and reflect the institutions achievements as a whole
Jane SkalickyDirector, Student Retention and Success
University of Tasmania
Chris VeraaDirector Student Experience
Central Queensland University
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm CASE STUDY: Enhancing the Student Experience by using the Learning Pathway to Improve Student Efficacy and Teachers Ease of Delivering Online ContentJoseph Nagy - Educational Designer, University of Queensland
The University of Queensland reported that in 2018 they implemented the Learning Pathway tool in 226 courses which is being utilised by 124 academic tutors and lecturers. This tool integrates with Blackboard and was developed on-site to improve how academics deliver coursework with the belief that positive teacher experience will reflect positive student experience; ultimately, achieving greater retention rates.
- Exploring how user friendly educational design influences improved course delivery and both teacher and student experience
- Integrating Learning Pathways across UQ faculties successfully Ensuring adaptability and keeping up-to-date with efficient online learning and design
Joseph NagyEducational Designer
University of Queensland
12:40 pm - 1:40 pm Networking Lunchbreak
1:40 pm - 2:20 pm CASE STUDY: Achieving Improved Long-Term Growth and Retention by Taking a Holistic Approach to Improving International Student ExperienceJeremiah Byrnes - Director, Student Academic Experience, Monash University
Focusing on retention and student experience for international students may not be an immediate concern for education institutions. However Monash University are continuing to deliver strategies to improve outcomes for internationals both in and out of the classroom to achieve long-term success and recognition.
- The impact student experience for internationals has on educational institutions and the challenges associated
- Exploring strategies in and out of the classroom that improves the integration of international students with domestic students
- Enabling work-experience and enhanced career opportunities with team based work integrated learning
Jeremiah ByrnesDirector, Student Academic Experience
2:20 pm - 3:00 pm PANEL: Providing Access to Sophisticated Technology and Up-To-Date Digital Learning Tools for Improved Learning and Career Developing Outcomes
Technology is a key attraction and retention strategy to improve the experience and outcomes of student learning and development. In this panel institutions with sophisticated, industry specific and engaging technology learning tools explore the outcomes of student success and the challenges of integration.
- Examining specific modern technology learning tools adopted and how they maximise student retention, experience and career outcomes
- Challenges associated with integrating new technologies such as change management and strategies to overcome them
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA & NETWORKING BREAK
3:30 pm - 4:10 pm CASE STUDY: Embedding A Framework For Student Retention, Success & Participation to Ensure Lasting Impacts on Students’ FuturesChris Veraa - Director Student Experience, Central Queensland University
For each year of university study completed, a student can enjoy an additional 11% of lifetime earning capacity. For a university like CQUniversity – where students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds make up a significant portion of the overall cohort – this kind of impact can be life-changing. CQU’s Student Participation, Retention and Success Strategy was developed to ensure the ripple effects of a CQUniversity education are felt long after students leave the institution.
- Developing an evidence-based framework that fits the institution and its students
- Encouraging a university-wide retention mindset through universal principles
- Adapting the standard definitions of retention and success to suit the unique characteristics of CQUniversity students
Chris VeraaDirector Student Experience
Central Queensland University
You will you hear peer-to-peer led case studies and best practice; you will also receive focused thought leadership insights as well a being provided with drinks to encourage conversation…
TABLE ONE4:10 pm - 5:10 pm Engagement vs. Support Initiatives to Improve Aboriginal Retention Rates Emily Sutton - Team Leader, Aboriginal Engagement, Macquarie University
Although there has been an increase of Indigenous students enrolling into tertiary education, reports are finding that just under one-in-five students are withdrawing from their studies in the first year.
- How Macquarie University achieved a 20% increase in first year retention rates for aboriginal students
- Exploring adoptable strategies and initiatives to further improve Aboriginal academic outcomes across institutions
Emily SuttonTeam Leader, Aboriginal Engagement
TABLE TWO4:10 pm - 5:10 pm Exploring Targeted Retention Strategies for Mature Aged Students
Grattan Institute has found that part-time students who are commonly mature-age are strong indicators of risk. However 30% of the mature age students who start part time and make it to second year convert to full-time study – meaning the first year experience and support is crucial.
- The personal factors/attrition risks associated with mature aged part-time students
- How institutions can provide additional support effectively