Building pathways to higher education success: a longitudinal case study

McIntyre, Jennifer and Todd, Nick (2012) Building pathways to higher education success: a longitudinal case study. In: 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference: New Horizon (FYHE 2012) , 26-29 Jun 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

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The transition to university life has long been a poorly supported and problematic process. Strategic emphasis is traditionally placed upon academic needs but rarely focuses upon enabling networking and social connection within the university context. As a consequence the process is not fully integrated towards meeting the complete needs of incoming students. Many students take an extended period to adjust to their new life as a university student, while a significant percentage drop out at some point of their first year. The University of Southern Queensland's Springfield campus actively supports the initial and holistic transitioning of their domestic and international students through the Building Pathways Bridging program.
The Program was established in 2007 in response to student requests and was developed to actively target those students that the campus collectively deemed to be 'at risk'. This initiative responded to an enhanced understanding of the campus' unique cohort following the first year of operation and initial research into the Springfield student profile.
The Building Pathways program follows a structured program of ten modules that transition students through a cultural introduction to university life and fosters cross-faculty networking with peers and staff. The sessions are deliberately developmental, they aim to demystify university life, boost confidence and build familiarity as well as introduce new students to a broad suite of academic skills. Whilst short term (first semester) results have been shared in past publications the longitudinal study analyses data from the first two cohorts of students at the completion of degree stage (four years). Early program findings from the longitudinal data gathered from 2007-2011 will be shared. Results indicate the program has a notable impact upon the Higher Education Learning Experience and individual student results: retention statistics have improved, another 28% and student completion rates show an additional improvement of 12% across the Pathways groups.
Given the global focus on wider participation and retention, the Building Pathways program provides a model that could well be trialled internationally across the Higher Education sector.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2013 00:07
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 04:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; first year student; retention; resilience; success; bridging program support
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 > 130305 Educational Counselling
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 > 390404 Educational counselling
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development

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