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Designing a pre-degree program to foster a sense of belonging

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-23, 07:59 authored by Johns, S, Jarvis, L, Susan KilpatrickSusan Kilpatrick
Enabling or bridging programs are a social inclusion strategy to widen participation in higher education. Research suggests these programs achieve some measure of success in fostering a sense of belonging and preparing students for university, which are both linked to student retention. However, such programs are characterised by high rates of attrition. The recent introduction of a Diploma of University Studies at the University of Tasmania, as part of a suite of pre-degree programs, differs from other enabling and bridging courses. It includes compulsory weekly Supported Studies sessions, designed to foster both academic and social outcomes. Findings from the study indicate student satisfaction with compulsory Supported Studies sessions. In particular, students on the two larger university campuses, and students who attend more than nine sessions per semester, find sessions useful for social and academic integration. Integrated support sessions should be an integral part of enabling programs.


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Proceedings of the 16th International First Year in Higher Education Conference






The International First Year in Higher Education Conference

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New Zealand

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16th International First Year in Higher Education Conference

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Wellington, New Zealand

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Equity and access to education

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