Perceptions Of Successful Students: Lessons In The First Year Experience
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Natural Sciences
We surveyed over 1300 successful undergraduates students from 12 disciplines and different diversity groups about the factors that have assisted them to progress in, and persist with their course. We show how the reflections of these successful students can inform institutional practices enhancing retention and progression through first year. The students’ perceptions indicate that a focus on ensuring that students across all diversity groups are equally able to develop and use a variety of support networks (particularly peers), and strategies to assist students to clarify their personal goals would enhance the FYE.