What encourages students to stick with their degrees and finish their studies, despite disadvantages or difficult circumstances?
National research, led by the University of the Sunshine Coast, has revealed how institutions can create positive student experiences to strengthen learning and combat the factors that cause students to leave.
USC Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Karen Nelson said the findings reinforced the importance of student wellbeing and positive interactions with peers and staff.
They also recommended more universal application of programs to develop extra tertiary and work-related skills.
“These initiatives are critical for engaging non-traditional first-year students, particularly those who are the first in their families to attend university, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, Indigenous students, and those with disabilities,” she said.
“Emotional engagement is the key. It’s not just about learning.”
Professor Nelson said the researchers’ advice for the higher education sector included reviewing data collections to provide further insight into which elements of the student experience should be measured and enhanced.
You can read more about the University’s findings here. Story credit: University of the Sunshine Coast newsroom.
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