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STEPS toward retention : a case study

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conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Karen SearyKaren Seary, Margaret FlandersMargaret Flanders, Michele PaluMichele Palu
The success of CQU’s STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies) preuniversity preparatory program suggests its potential benefit as a safety net for at-risk undergraduate students. Unable to manage what the mainstream learning environment requires, students can defer their program and participate in STEPS to address their academic under-preparedness. This paper presents findings from semistructured interviews with three at-risk undergraduate students who availed themselves of the STEPS option. Student reflections indicate the value of STEPS in providing an opportunity to acquire more highly developed academic skills and greater resilience prior to resuming their initial study. This research gives voice to the proposal that STEPS become a recognised CQU undergraduate retention strategy.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

1

End Page

10

Number of Pages

10

Start Date

01/01/2008

ISBN-13

9781741072419

Location

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Publisher

QUT

Place of Publication

Brisbane,Qld.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Division of Teaching and Learning Services; Faculty of Business and Informatics; Not affiliated to a Research Institute; Student Services;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

International First Year in Higher Education Conference