Early departure from a tertiary bridging program: what can the institution do?

Whannell, Robert and Whannell, Patricia and Bedford, Tasman (2013) Early departure from a tertiary bridging program: what can the institution do? In: 1st Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand Conference (FABENZ 2012): Create and Collaborate , 3-4 Dec 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.

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This study examined the early departure of students between the ages of 18 and 25 years from an on-campus tertiary bridging program at a regional university. Participants comprised twenty students who had dropped out of the program within the first four weeks of study. Data were collected by semi-structured interviews which examined the student experience and the reasons for departure. It was concluded that participants comprised of two general groups: those who have no clearly defined long term career goal prompting their attendance at university with an associated low level of commitment to university study, and those who were committed to completing a university degree, but whose circumstances changed which prevented them from continuing. Participants indicated that attendance in the bridging program was a generally positive experience and that there was little that could have been done to prevent their departure. It was concluded that a certain level of early departure was inevitable in the tertiary bridging program. Where intervention was attempted, it should be addressed towards the development of long term employment and career goals for which university study was an essential pre-requisite.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Office of Preparatory and Academic Studies
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Office of Preparatory and Academic Studies
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 04:43
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 01:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: tertiary bridging; attrition
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22910

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