Student and Retention Success Project - February, 2018
SRS Initiative actively tracks attrition. The Department of Education and Training (DET) measure student attrition in terms of commencing bachelor students who do not complete or return in the following year. This year we are actively tracking the Semester 1 enrolments of students who commenced a bachelor degree in 2017. As at the 6th February, for our domestic students 66% of the 2017 commencing bachelor cohort have already enrolled in Semester 1 2018. A further 10% have either formally withdrawn or are undertaking leave from studies. This leaves a potential 24% (705 domestic students) who can still enrol in Semester 1 and therefore be retained by FedUni.
Student HQ are actively running campaigns targeting these and other returning students.
Student engagement offer new development opportunities. Along with the distribution of Welcome Packs to all online commencing student, the newly developed Student Development and Community program will offer students a range of personal and professional development opportunities, as well as community engagement and volunteering activities. Students can also undertake the Federation Award and be recognised for their ambition, community impact and contribution, and personal and professional development. More information about the program is available on the website: http://federation.edu.au/student-development
Students welcomed to FedUni. Specific information regarding orientation, booklists and the promotion of clubs and societies are being distributed to all commencing students early this week, and a targeted faculty/campus welcome email will be sent early next week in preparation for classes commencing for the year. Commencing online students are also sent Welcome Packs which helps develop a connection to the university.
For more information on Orientation, all activities and events can be found on the Orientation Timetable.
Multicultural Student Support and FoST working together. A first year student experience research project in conjunction with FoST as been implemented. All International students who commenced in 2017 (347 students) have been invited to share their first semester/year experiences in relation to social and cultural events and activities, faculty experiences and their living and accommodation.
Data received will be used to help shape support and engagement activities for International students, with the project continuing each year to track the success of different strategies.
The FedStart survey continues to excel. With 1,188 individual responses from commencing students to date, Student HQ and the Retention and Success team are now better aware of individual student’s areas of interest and needs prior to commencing their studies. Identification of students’ interests and needs aids in the transition of students into successful study.
Scholarships Office increases grants. As 2017 saw a double in the demand for HEPPP placement funding, 2018 will have an increase in placement grants to respond to growing demand. Just under 500 commencing students have already registered for assistance through Kickstart. Support offered through the scholarships office can be the determining factor on whether a student continues to study according to past student feedback. Find out more about Kickstart and assistance here.
Online supervisor training now offered by Research Services. FedUni now offers high quality, self-paced Epigeum online supervisor training programmes, face-to-face sessions and recognition of external supervisor training. An HDR supervision Moodle shell was established in 2017, which contains an array of resources to support HDR supervision. By providing our HDR supervisors with high quality training and support, we can assist them to improve their supervision practice, which is aimed at improving student outcomes, retention and success for our HDR cohort.
FedUni Living to welcome over 350 first year students. New residential students will participate in the highly impactful ‘Compass’ program, which is designed to assist with transition to university life. Compass involves a huge variety of events and activities, a chance for them to meet other first year residents, their Residential Advisor and provides them with the best start to university life.
Residential Advisors undertake intensive training. In preparation for the year ahead, the Residential Support Team are in the final days of their 2 week training program. RA’s play an important role in a student’s transition to university life and living on campus. Across the year, RA’s assist in creating a supportive and balanced living, learning environment which is critical to student retention and success.
Learning and Teaching resources – 2018 Semester 1 textbook lists are now available and can be viewed on the Bookshops and textbook supplies website.
New FEA staff resource launched. A very successful Course Coordinator seminar for the Faculty was recently conducted by ADs L&T, Jenene Burke and Margaret Plunkett, and was attended by academics responsible for coordinating courses across campuses and study modes. Jenene Burke, Threasa Meads and Peter Sellings launched the “Transition Pedagogy in FEA” staff resource. The resource has been designed to provide staff with information and strategies for assisting students as they transition to university study. Staff from Mt Helen, Churchill and Berwick campuses attended via video link. SRS Data Analyst, Grant Henderson, was able to show the most recent data dashboard and Jasmine Graham for AEC was also able to present on working with Indigenous students. This if the first iteration of the resource and Jenene Burke is happy to take any feedback. The resource can be found here (staff login required): https://federation.edu.au/faculties-and-schools/faculty-of-education-and-arts/staff-resources/docs/Transition-Pedagogy-in-FEA-FINAL.PDF
FBS takes campus-based approach to helping students succeed. Beginning in 2018, Federation Business School’s Student Retention & Success Team will include Academic Advisors at each campus who will be able to meet with at risk students, develop Student Success Plans, and make referrals to other student support areas as appropriate. The new strategy has developed out of recent changes to the program manager roles within FBS.
Draft Learning, Teaching and Student Success Plan 2018-2020 out for uni-wide comment. The plan lays out FedUni’s objectives for enhancing teaching quality; enhancing student success and the student experience; enhancing curriculum and the learning environment; and enhancing employment readiness. The plan is available for university-wide comment from 9 February 2018 to 23 February 2018 inclusive. All feedback should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For ease of collation, it would be appreciated if the feedback could be provided using 'track changes' to the document. The Learning, Teaching and Student Success Plan 2018-2020 can be accessed on the University webpage via the following link https://federation.edu.au/staff/learning-and-teaching/plans-strategies-and-standards