Professor Liz Thomas - Devloping your approach to student retention and success

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Professor Liz Thomas - Devloping your approach to student retention and success

  1. 1. Developing your approach to retention and success @ProfLizThomas
  2. 2. Workshop overview  Your Access Agreement.  Evidence of effective practice from the What works? Student retention and success programme.  What works evaluation approach.  How the University of Chester is working to improve student retention and success, engaging with academic disciplines and across the University.  How the University of Chester is evaluating the impact of its work to improve retention and success.  Sharing and reflecting on participants experiences.
  3. 3. Using evidence to develop your Access Agreement  What are the priority areas: retention, completion, attainment, progression?  Who are the target groups in relation to these issues?  Use of institutional data in relation to specific student groups across the modes/sites/subjects of study.  Evidence of what has worked well and less well in the past, including contribution to targets.  Development of numerical institutional targets relating to outcomes as well as outputs.
  4. 4. What works? Student retention and success programme 1. At the heart of student retention and success is a strong sense of belonging in HE for all students. This is most effectively nurtured through mainstream activities that all students participate in. 2. The academic sphere is the most important site for nurturing participation of the type which engenders a sense of belonging. 3. Specific interventions cannot be recommended over and above each other. Rather the institution, department, programme and module should all nurture a culture of belonging through the way they function and relate to people.
  5. 5. What works? Student retention and success programme 4. Student belonging is an outcome of: Supportive peer relations. Meaningful interaction between staff and students. Developing knowledge, confidence and identity as successful HE learners. An HE experience which is relevant to interests and future goals.
  6. 6. Institutional management and co-ordination Student capacity building Staff capacity building Academic Social Service Early engagement extends into HE and beyond
  7. 7. Implementation: Characteristics of effective interventions and approaches Mainstream Monitored Collaborative Proactive Belongin g Relevant Well timed & appropriate media 9
  8. 8. Strategic implications Partnership with staff and students Commitment Monitoring student behaviour Belonging Institutional data Priority for all staff Staff capacity Student capacity
  9. 9. The What works process Implementation (activity) Confidence, engagement and belonging (outcome) S t r a t e g i c Retention and success (impact) e n a b l e r s
  10. 10. Evaluation logic, methods and indicators Activities delivered Attitudes/ behaviour changed Students engaged and ‘belong’ Improved retention & success Monitor or observe Survey/ interview E&B survey Institutio nal data No. of activities delivered Quantity or quality of change Levels of E&B increase % change in specific indicators U n i n t e n d e d c o n s e q u e n c e s 15
  11. 11.  For listening, participating and sharing. Thank you  For your comments: liz@lizthomasassociates.co.uk.  For more information www.lizthomasassociates.co.uk

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