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  • 1. The HERE! Project
    “The people I live with
    and the friends I have made
    are so lovely
    I worried I'd never see them again.”
    Student doubter explaining what has helped them stay at University (March 2009)
    Key Findings
    Non-doubters more likely to persist
    98.3% of non-doubters persisted and were still in HE in the next academic year
    95.7% of doubters persisted
    (based on 370 students who provided permission to track progress)
    Reasons to Doubt and Reasons to Stay are NOT simply opposites
    Reasons to doubt = course related, then problems with lifestyle
    Reasons to stay = support from friends & family (primarily made at university) & future goals
    Quantitative differences between non-doubters, doubters & leavers
    Before they withdrew, leavers appeared to be having a measurably poorer experience
    For example leavers reported lower levels of enjoyment and confidence that they could cope
    Research
    The HERE Project has two strands:
    1. Student Doubters
    Are Doubters more likely to leave than non-doubters?
    What can we learn from doubters who remain?
    2. Programmes with Better than Peer Rates of Retention
    What can we learn from programmes with better rates of retention than their peers?
    Work conducted
    • 5 surveys to first year students (1,932 student respondents)
    • 2. 5 focus groups to test doubters’ experiences (13 interviewees)
    • 3. 6 leavers interviewed
    • 4. 2 programmes surveyed
    Contact ed.foster@ntu.ac.uk, ckeenan@bournemouth.ac.uk, r.currant@bradford.ac.uk