27 - 28 June, 2018| Bayview Eden, Melbourne, VIC

Ed Campbell


Manager Student Engagement and Student Success
University of New England


2:30 PM Designing a Program which Delivers Targeted Support to Non Traditional Students and Enhances Retention through to Census

Non Traditional students are between 2 and 3 times more likely to drop out of higher education than their ‘traditional’ counterparts. The University of England has developed the Personalised Retention and Engagement Program (PREP) to reduce the number of students who enroll, and discontinue their studies prior to the start of teaching, and to increase persistence through to Census Date in the first Trimester of study. The program supports the transition of non traditional students; Lower Socio-Economic Status, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, First in Family, Part Time, Mature Age & Students Studying in Regional Areas in higher education at a regional Australian University by leveraging existing institutional transition programs and resources, and providing earlier (pre teaching) access to support and advice through a peer advisor model. In this session Barb will explain the particulars of the Program:

  • Enhancing access and communication around existing transitional programs to broaden their reach and effect
  • Designing pre teaching support mechanisms which work in unison with peer advisor program for maximum uptake and impact on retention
  • How they came to the final design: two stages of the early intervention and a transition project - the first phase, a targeted pilot, and the second phase, including the whole of cohort implementation
  • The strengths of this approach, challenges overcome and lessons learned


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