Supporting Student Success
Supporting student success can mean a number of things to leaders of Schools or Deparments. It can mean ensuring an engaging environment for students within which to learn and develop personally and academically. Or it can be to ensure all students proceed from entry to successful exit.
The issues impacting on student success are broadranging and complex. There are a number of initiatives and supports within individual institutions and across the sector to promote student success. Some HEIs focus on key pressure points in the programme lifecycle and how students can be supported through them, often specifically in their first year. There are also many initiatives around transitions, into, through and out of Higher Education.
A extensive body of work has been undertaken by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning looking at Learning Analytics – encouraging evidence-based approached to improving student success.
HEA, Ireland, report from the Working Group on Student Success, 2017.
Higher Education Academy, UK, April 2017 report on What Works: Student Retention and Success Programme
HEA UK and REAP project report, May 2017: Embedding Mental Wellbeing in the Curriculum: maximising success in Higher Education
Student Engagement Framework for Scotland, outlining key elements and features of effective student engagement, including suggested activities and developments Schools can incorporate into their practice.
Focus on First Year: Introductory Podcast by Prof. Bairbre Redmond of UCD:
UCD example of engaging students in their First Year of Science: