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HERE – Learning from the Doubters Becka Currant, Ed Foster & Chris Keenan
Background HERE Project set up as part of the ‘What Works? Student Retention & Success Programme’ HEFCE/ Paul Hamlyn Foundation Collaborative project Two strands Why do more students have doubts than leave? Surveyed at all 3 institutions – March – May 2009 Followed up with focus groups and interviews What can programmes do to have a positive impact on retention?
Strand One: Student DoubtersStudent Transition Survey Have you considered withdrawing at any point during your first year? Please tell us what made you consider leaving. What has helped you decide to stay on your course?
Implications from the research To improve retention requires work in two areas: Reduce student doubting Particularly course related factors Work on the reasons why students stay Particularly friendship, community, belonging factors