Helping biomedical science students struggling with "second-choice-syndrome" to thrive rather than just survive

Taylor, Donnalee B., and Harrison, Glenn J. (2015) Helping biomedical science students struggling with "second-choice-syndrome" to thrive rather than just survive. In: Proceedings of STARS 2015. pp. 1-5. From: STARS 2015: Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 1-4 July 2015.

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James Cook University (JCU) Biomedical Science students struggle with their first and second year transitions, which appear compounded by 'second-choice-syndrome' (disappointment of not being accepted into their first choice degree) as evidenced by high inter-degree transfer rates and low primary degree completions. This is despite the cohort having high subject (unit) grade point averages and satisfaction ratings. This project evaluated the impact of two extracurricular strategies (email newsletters, themed luncheons) on student engagement and success as evidenced by formal and informal student/staff feedback and success. While students rated the initiatives highly with positive support themes of networking, collegiality, belonging and engagement, there was no direct improvement in grades, retention or degree satisfaction metrics. It is becoming increasing important to recognise and separate the classic academic measures of student survival from the personal and social support required for students to thrive regardless of cohort demographics or career path.

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