Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2011

Summary of projects

Poster of Project - Student Transition: Implementing an effective first year experience model for the common core courses in the College of Business

Project title

Student Transition: Implementing an effective first year experience model for the common core courses in the College of Business

Project leaders

  • Mrs Lila Kemlo
  • Dr Jacinta Ryan

Project summary

Designing interventions for enhancing the adaptation of students and HE systems to the changing world is challenging yet critical for the ongoing viability of universities. Identifying the underlying mechanisms for successful adaptive interventions is essential to the delivery of success from these investments. A range of support programs and interventions are currently being utilised by Australian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to enhance student adaptation. Understanding the mechanisms of successful adaptive interventions allows more prudent use of resources to ensure a more solid return on investment.

Based on the ‘Student Success Program’ from QUT (Nelson, Duncan & Clarke 2009, 2011), our project implemented a student transition intervention to support the first year experience for two of the common core courses in the College of Business.

The project outcomes are:

  • Developed framework for future interventions
  • Developed strategy for future interventions
  • Recruited students for call centre
  • More funding 2012
  • Combined Improved academic performance

These outcomes strengthen the quality of RMIT University’s courses offered by providing:

a) a benchmark for the College of Business and other Colleges at RMIT regarding the value of early intervention strategies.

b) opportunities for student engagement with peers who are able to act as role models and advisers.

c) opportunities for students to become more successful in managing their own learning and ultimately succeeding in the studies, which is a win/win for the university as it results in happier students and offers financial benefits for the university as retention is increased.

d) provides RMIT with a strong reputation for offering learning support for new and commencing students as they move through the issues of transition to university.

The College has received additional funding in 2012 to progress the project. The extended research project broadens our intervention to encompass all first-year core courses within the College of Business. The long-term view would see this program rolled out across all RMIT colleges in the coming years.

Outcomes

  • Developed framework
  • Developed strategy
  • Recruited students for call centre
  • More funding 2012
  • Combined Improved academic performance

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