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University of Wollongong

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) - Papers

Higher

2015

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"Are We There Yet?": Making Sense Of Transition In Higher Education, Jeannette Stirling, Louise C. Rossetto Jan 2015

"Are We There Yet?": Making Sense Of Transition In Higher Education, Jeannette Stirling, Louise C. Rossetto

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) - Papers

This paper reviews a first year transition program first implemented in 2011 and designed for students commencing higher education at the regional campuses of an Australian university. A significant proportion of students attending these campuses are mature age, the first in family to attempt university study, Indigenous, and/or from low socio-economic backgrounds. Our project aims were to facilitate academic participation and hence retention in a higher education environment that relies on various multimedia technologies and blended learning models. Ongoing evaluations of the project clearly indicate its efficacy. Even so, longitudinal analyses raise questions about how current social inclusion policy ...