Initiative updates

Student and Retention Success Project - July, 2018

Dear colleagues,

The university-wide, Council-endorsed Student Retention and Success (SRS) initiative continues to develop, implement and coordinate a range of initiatives to arrest student attrition and maximise student success.

SRS welcomes the new Associate Deans, Teaching Quality. With the University’s move to our six new schools, the SRS Committee welcomes the new ADs, Teaching Quality. They are:

  • School of Arts – Carolyn Johnstone
  • School of Education – Jenene Burke
  • School of Health & Life Sciences – Lara Wakeling
  • School of Nursing & Healthcare Professionals – Judith Lyons

The School of Science, Engineering & Information Technology and the Federation Business School are yet to announce their new appointees.

With heartfelt thanks. With the new incoming school ADs Teaching and Quality, we would like to take the opportunity to thank and applaud the four outgoing Associate Deans Student Retention and Success: Amy Barnhouse, Andrew Smith, Alison Lord and Grant Meredith.

Your passion, commitment to student success and wellbeing, and your ongoing engagement has been fundamental to the development of this initiative and its ongoing success.

SRS Operational Plan 2018-2020 pending. The new SRS operational plan, which comes from the Learning and Teaching plan 2018-2020, is in its final draft and pending approval from appropriate committees and finally University Council. The operational plan will provide the priorities and targets for the Student Retention and Success Committee’s focus for the next two years. Once approved, the plan will be available through the SRS Website.

Examining VET student data. A new VET Retention Dashboard has been developed with the purpose to provide deeper insights on withdrawals, completions and resulting activities. The dashboard has been streamlined to three pages to aid navigation for education managers and supporting staff.

Tableau Reader is required from the Software Centre in order to view the VET and Higher Education dashboards. The dashboards can be found here and at and are updated on a monthly basis. For more information on SRS data, contact Grant Henderson, SRS Data Analyst.

Keeping students informed.  Student HQ and the Admissions, Retention and Success teams have focused their recent campaigns on keeping current and commencing students informed. The current campaigns include:

  • An email to all students was sent on Friday July 6 to advise students of the release of Semester 1 results, and what happens next if students didn’t receive the grades they were expecting.
  • Academic progress letters for Semester 1 were generated and emailed to students on Wednesday July 11.
  • Students who are due to come back from leave, deferral and suspension have been contacted, and offered assistance with re-enrolling in Semester 2.
  • All students continuing on with their studies have been contacted to assist with their re-enrolment for semester 2.
  • All new students commencing their studies mid-year have been contacted to assist with their applications, offers and enrolment. ‘Welcome to FedUni’ communication has also commenced via phone and the FedStart survey continues to be sent to new students on a weekly basis via email.

For any information on these campaigns, please contact Jess Mitchem, Coordinator Student Retention and Success, HQ.

FedUni wins Golden Key Chapter award. The 2017 Golden Key Committee was delighted to receive the award which required meeting a high applications standard. The committee had to show 3 or more years of consecutive gold standing, and highlight 5 key events undertaken in the period, as well as provide a report describing how the events impacted upon the 3 pillars of the organisation, “Service, Academics and Leadership”. The Committee is very aware that these events would not be possible without staff and student contributions, passion and dedication to the Chapter, and for that they are extremely thankful.

Orientation begins next week.  As the new semester approaches, all staff are encouraged to welcome our new and returning students. The smallest of gestures to a new or nervous student can make a significant impact: a welcoming smile or an open office door are easy and effective practices to adopt. More tips on making our students feel like they belong can be found here.