Transition issues for Freshmen and Sophomores struggling with "second-choice-syndrome"

Taylor, Donnalee, and Harrison, Glenn (2015) Transition issues for Freshmen and Sophomores struggling with "second-choice-syndrome". In: Abstracts from the 22nd National Conference on Students In Transition. From: 22nd National Conference on Students in Transition, 17-19 October 2015, Baltimore, MD, USA. (In Press)

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James Cook University Biomedical Science students struggle with their first and second year transitions, which appear compounded by 'second-choice-syndrome' 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. 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 increasing important to recognise and separate classic academic measures of student survival from personal/social support required for students to thrive.

Item ID: 40692
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: transition; first year experience; support; thriving
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Funders: Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2015 04:03
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 35%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified @ 35%
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