HERE poster January 2010

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HERE poster January 2010

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

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