Same time, same place... or is it? Enhancing transitions and retention for top-up students

Marilyn Doust, Catherine McConnell

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Abstract

Transition from foundation degree (Fd) to the third year of an undergraduate degree (top-up) can cause apprehension (Greenbank 2007:98; Tierney and Slack 2005:384). Students can find that they appear to be entering a totally different world where they are presumed to know exactly what is expected from them. The Fd students have their own preconceptions and expectations of the third year of study, and they may feel extremely apprehensive or conversely appear over-confident. There is very little literature about the transition from Fd to university and the student experience (Gorard et al 2006:116-119), and with the changes currently taking place in higher education, student satisfaction and achievement will become increasingly important (BIS 2011). This paper focuses on key features of a transitions programme developed by a student support tutor in collaboration with a partner college, which included visits, taught sessions, and a major component of PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions). The data, case studies and a video were presented at the annual Learning and Teaching Conference, ‘Transitions: quality, adaptability and sustainablility in times of change’, 2011, to analyse the impact of the programme on student achieve- ment and retention, and the satisfaction and views of the students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransitions: quality, adaptability and sustainability in times of change: articles from the learning and teaching conference 2011
Place of PublicationUniversity of Brighton
PublisherCentre for Learning and Teaching University of Brighton Press
Pages24-30
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781905593859
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
EventTransitions: quality, adaptability and sustainability in times of change: articles from the learning and teaching conference 2011 - University of Brighton, Falmer Campus, 2011
Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …

Conference

ConferenceTransitions: quality, adaptability and sustainability in times of change: articles from the learning and teaching conference 2011
Period1/01/12 → …

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